FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                    BJA    

Friday, December 21, 2001                                                                                          202/307-0703

 

Justice Department Announces Grants Totaling

 More Than $10 Million to Help Communities Prevent Crime

 

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Justice Department today announced Community Prosecution grants to 75 communities totaling more than $10 million.  The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), a component of the Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP), awards these grants to foster collaborative efforts between local prosecutors’ offices, private and public agencies, and the community to identify and address local public safety concerns and priorities.

“Community involvement is critical in promoting safe neighborhoods,” said Assistant Attorney General Deborah J. Daniels.  “These grants provide the necessary resources to strengthen partnerships between the prosecutor’s office, law enforcement agencies and neighborhood organizations.”

Community prosecution, like community policing, is an integral part of community justice, which fosters citizen participation in reducing crime and improving the quality of life in their neighborhoods.  Together, community prosecutors, neighborhood residents and organizations develop strategies for creating safer places to live and work. These grants will  help communities plan, implement or enhance prosecution and crime prevention strategies.  The

communities were selected based on their proposed or existing strategies. 

Grant awards are provided in one of the three categories. Planning grants, available for up to $75,000, support jurisdictions’ efforts to develop a planning process for a community prosecution program. Implementation grants, available for up to $200,000, support the implementation or expansion of an existing community prosecution program.  Enhancement grants, available for up to $150,000, support fully operational community prosecution programs.

Under the Fiscal Year 2001 Community Prosecution Program Initiative, BJA recommended nine jurisdictions that have developed successful community prosecution programs to serve as leadership sites or learning laboratories for others seeking to replicate similar strategies.  The sites are: Denver, CO; Washington, DC: Marion County (Indianapolis), IN; Howard County, MD; Kalamazoo County, MI; Hennepin County (Minneapolis), MN; Kings County (Brooklyn), NY ; Multnomah County (Portland), OR; Travis County (Austin), TX.    Leadership sites will host regional community prosecution workshops in 2002.

“We want to bring communities and the criminal justice system closer together by forming  effective communication networks that will result in strategies that work in their own neighborhoods,” said BJA Director Richard Nedelkoff.

A list of communities selected to receive Community Prosecution grants and their points of contact is attached.  For additional information about  BJA consult its Website at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bja.   Information about OJP and its programs can be found on http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/.

 

 For additional information, contact OJP’s Office of Congressional and Public Affairs at 202/307-0703.

 

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Enhancement Grants (Grants up to $150,000)

 

Agency, City, State, Contact, Phone

 

City of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ, Aaron Carreon-Ainsa,

(602) 256-3502

 

Maricopa County Attorney's Office, Phoenix, AZ,

Janet McNaughton, (602) 506-0983

 

Culver City Office of the City Attorney, Culver City,

CA, Carol A. Schwab, (310) 253-5660

 

Los Angeles City Attorney, Los Angeles, CA,

Tina Hess, (310) 445-1712

 

Sacramento County District Attorney's Office, Sacramento, CA,

Karen Maxwell, (916) 874-5834

 

Santa Clara County Office of the District Attorney, San Jose, CA,

Marc Buller, (408) 792-2770

 

Orange County Office of the District Attorney, Santa Ana, CA,

Todd Hart, (714) 347-8413

 

10th Judicial District Attorney's Office, Pueblo, CO,

Sharon Blackman, (719) 583-6647

 

State's Attorney's Office, 18th Judicial Circuit, Viera, FL,

Norman R. Wolfinger, (321) 617-7510

 

Cook County State's Attorney's Office, Chicago, IL,

Bonita Brodt, (312) 603-4201

 

Fayette County Attorney, Lexington, KY,

Denotra Gunther, (859) 226-1820

 

Union County Prosecutor's Office, Elizabeth, NJ,

Sue Lewis, (908) 791-7130

 

Passaic County Prosecutor's Office, Paterson, NJ,

David L. Pine, (973) 881-4800

 

Mercer County Prosecutor's Office, Trenton, NJ,

Daniel G. Giaquinto, (609) 989-6309

 

First Judicial District Attorney, Santa Fe, NM,

Cindi Romero, (505) 827-5000

 

Bronx County District Attorney, Bronx, NY,

Susan Sadd, (718) 590-6954

 

Niagara County District Attorney, Lockport, NY,

Matthew J. Murphy, III, (716) 439-7085

 

Nassau County District Attorney, Mineola, NY,

Rene P. Fiechter, (516) 571-1090

 

Richmond County District Attorney, Staten Island, NY,

Karen Schoenberg, (718) 556-7210

 

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office, Cleveland, OH,

Richard Neff, (216) 443-7818

 

City of Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, Philadelphia, PA,

Edgar Jaramillo, (215) 686-5819

 

City of Alexandria Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney,

Alexandria, VA, Erik R. Barnett, (703) 838-4100

 

Seattle City Attorney's Office, Seattle, WA,

Robert W. Hood, (206) 684-7771

 

Milwaukee County Office of the District Attorney,

Milwaukee, WI, Derek Mosley, (414) 935-7256

 

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Implementation Grants (Grants up to $200,000)

 

 

Agency, City, State, Contact, Phone

 

Dallas County Office of the District Attorney, Selma, AL,

Susan Keith, (334) 876-4878

 

Office of the Prosecuting Attorney, 22nd Judicial District,

Benton, AR, Barbara Webb, (501) 315-7767

 

White Mountain Apache Tribe, Whiteriver, AZ,

M. Brent Leonhard, (520) 338-4346

 

Yuma County Attorney, Yuma, AZ, Mary E. White, (928) 329-2260

 

Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office,

Los Angeles, CA, Erika Bonilla, (213) 202-7668

 

Ventura County District Attorney, Ventura, CA,

Ron Janes, (805) 654-2521

 

Tulare County District Attorney's Office, Visalia, CA,

Katie Wallace, (559) 685-2568

 

City and County of Denver, Denver, CO, Laurie Kaczanowska,

(720) 913-8067

 

Division of Criminal Justice, Rocky Hill, CT,

Mitchell S. Forman, (860) 258-5827

 

State's Attorney's Office, 6th Judicial Circuit,

Clearwater, FL, Vance Arnett, (727) 464-8091

 

State's Attorney's Office, 15th Judicial Circuit,

West Palm Beach, FL, Lincoln J. Fry, (561) 355-7312

 

Madison County State's Attorney, Edwardsville, IL,

Stephanee Smith, (618) 692-6280

 

City of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN, Teri Kendrick,

(317) 327-4055

 

St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office, South Bend, IN,

Khadijah Muhammad, (219) 235-9544

State's Attorney's Office for Baltimore City, Baltimore, MD,

Alan C. Woods, III, (410) 396-5527

 

Fourth Circuit Court District Attorney, Greenville, MS,

Melanie Webb, (662) 378-2105

 

Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office, Bridgeton, NJ,

Arthur J. Marchand, (856) 453-0486

 

Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office, Woodbury, NJ,

Dianna Reed-Rolando, (856) 384-5635

 

Westchester County District Attorney's Office, White Plains, NY,

Robert M. Maccarone, (914) 995-4167

 

Summit County Prosecutor's Office, Akron, OH,

Kathleen Lehner, (330) 643-8337

 

Clackamas County District Attorney's Office, Oregon City, OR,

Cathy Phelps, (503) 655-8488

 

Cumberland County Office of the District Attorney, Carlisle, PA,

David J. Freed, (717) 240-6210

 

Lackawanna County District Attorney's Office, Scranton, PA,

Christine Tocki, (570) 963-6717

 

State of Rhode Island Department of the Attorney General,

Providence, RI, William R. Guglietta, (401) 274-4400

 

Dallas City Attorney's Office, Dallas, TX,

Roxann Pais, (214) 670-3507

 

Port Arthur City Attorney's Office, Port Arthur, TX,

Mark T. Sokolow, (409) 983-8126

 

Asotin County Prosecutor's Office, Asotin, WA,  

Curt L. Liedkie, (509) 243-2061

 

Thurston County Office of the Prosecuting Attorney, Olympia, WA,

Edward G. Holm, (360) 786-5540

 

Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney, Tacoma, WA,

Eileen O'Brien, (253) 798-6725

 

 

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Planning Grants (Grants up to $75,000)

 

 

Agency, City, State, Contact, Phone

 

San Carlos Apache Tribe, San Carlos, AZ,

Charles Russell, (520) 475-2331

 

Contra Costa County Office of the District Attorney,

Martinez, CA, Gayle Graham, (925) 646-4526

 

San Bernardino County Office of the District Attorney,

San Bernardino, CA, Jane K. Allen, (909) 387-6631

 

DuPage County State's Attorney's Office, Wheaton, IL,

John Kocinski, (630) 682-6517

 

Office of the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney, Detroit, MI,

Ruth Carter, (313) 224-8840

 

Genesee County Prosecutor's Office, Flint, MI,

Brenda R. Williams, (810) 257-3210

 

Minneapolis City Attorney's Office, Minneapolis, MN,

Frank Chiodi, (612) 673-2966

 

Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians, Red Lake, MN,

Chris Manydeeds, (281) 679-3303

 

Merrimack County Attorney's Office, Concord, NH,

Howard Helrich, (603) 228-0529

 

Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office, Hammonton, NJ,

Edward K. Petrini, (609) 704-7800

 

Chautauqua County District Attorney's Office, Mayville, NY,

James Subjack, (716) 753-4241

 

Monroe County District Attorney, Rochester, NY,

Michael C. Green, (716) 428-2335

 

Columbus City Attorney's Office, Columbus, OH,

Ted Barrows, (614) 645-8086

 

Scioto County Prosecutor's Office, Portsmouth, OH,

Eric A. Wrage, (740) 355-8215

 

Jefferson County Prosecutor, Steubenville, OH,

Bryan H. Felmet, (740) 283-1966

 

Deschutes County District Attorney, Bend, OR,

Darryl Nakahira, (541) 330-4627

 

Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation,

Warm Springs, OR, Gene Smith, (541) 553-3300

 

Yankton Sioux Tribe, Marty, SD, Michele Conway, (605) 384-5712

 

Rockingham County Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney,

Harrisonburg, VA, Marsha L. Garst, (540) 564-3350

 

City of Lynchburg Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney,

Lynchburg, VA, Michael R. Doucette, (434) 847-1593

 

Everett City Attorney's Office, Everett, WA,

Laura Van Slyck, (425) 257-8738

 

Outagamie County District Attorney's Office,

Appleton, WI, Carrie Schneider, (920) 832-2225

 

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