FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                     OJP

FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2002                                                                                             202/307-0703

 

                    JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AWARDS MORE THAN $64 MILLION

                            TO STATES FOR PRISON-BASED DRUG TREATMENT

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- All 50 states, the District of Columbia and eligible territories have been awarded more than $64 million to provide substance abuse treatment to offenders at state and local correctional facilities, the Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) announced today.  The grants were awarded through the Department’s Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) for State Prisoners program.

“These grants represent opportunities to break the link between drugs and crime,” said Attorney General John Ashcroft.  “When offenders return to society drug-free they are less likely to commit more crimes and return to prison and less likely to use drugs again.”

Continued support for RSAT funding represents part of the Bush Administration’s commitment to fight illegal drug use. The President’s Fiscal Year 2003 budget requests $77 million for RSAT, $7 million over Fiscal Year 2002 and almost a $20 million increase over Fiscal Year 2001.

States use RSAT funds to support individual or group drug treatment for offenders in residential facilities operated by state and local corrections agencies.  Each offender’s treatment program lasts between 6 and 12 months, during which time the offender is regularly tested for drugs.  Offenders who participate in RSAT-funded programs must be housed separate and apart from the general corrections population.  RSAT-funded programs also work closely with community-based substance abuse treatment programs to ensure that offenders continue treatment after they are released.  Up to 10 percent of the Fiscal Year 2002 RSAT awards may be used to support community-based substance abuse treatment programs which compliment an RSAT program or meet the same requirements.  

According to a 1999 survey by the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), over 80 percent of all jail and state prison inmates said that they previously used drugs.  Also according to BJS data, as many as 150,000 state inmates are released each year without receiving needed drug treatment.

A list of the FY 2002 RSAT awards each state received is attached.  Each state receives a base amount plus additional funding based on its prison population as compared to the prison population of all participating states.  More information about the Corrections RSAT program and other Corrections Program Office (CPO) programs is available on the OJP Web site at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ and from the Justice Department Response Center at 1-800/421-6770. Media should contact OJP’s Office of Congressional and Public Affairs at 202/307-0703.          


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Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program

Fiscal Year 2002 State Formula Grants

 

    STATE.....................AWARD

 

    AL........................$1,346,070

    AK........................$342,140

    AZ........................$1,340,082

    AR........................$749,141

    CA........................$6,801,978

    CO........................$940,346

    CT........................$781,873

    DE........................$417,345

    DC........................$392,117

    FL........................$3,131,228

    GA........................$2,067,662

    HI........................$400,779

    ID........................$483,928

    IL........................$2,078,280

    IN........................$1,078,222

    IA........................$580,249

    KS........................$597,893

    KY........................$871,608

    LA........................$1,673,714

    ME........................$324,457

    MD........................$1,213,703

    MA........................$685,352

    MI........................$2,187,734

    MN........................$516,900

    MS........................$1,082,054

    MO........................$1,381,237

    MT........................$386,608

    NE........................$414,311

    NV........................$667,669

    NH........................$349,605

    NJ........................$1,378,882

    NM........................$467,961

    NY........................$3,017,503

    NC........................$1,499,992

    ND........................$299,987

    OH........................$2,080,475

    OK........................$1,180,531

    OR........................$699,044

    PA........................$1,738,021

    RI........................$332,400

    SC........................$1,145,723

    SD........................$363,576

    TN........................$1,181,689

    TX........................$6,821,936

    UT........................$474,028

    VT........................$311,004

    VA........................$1,473,287

    WA........................$865,301

    WV........................$421,736

    WI........................$1,092,393

    WY........................$323,898

 

    TERRITORY.................AWARD

 

    American Samoa............$261,427

    Guam......................$272,763

    Northern Mariana Islands..$258,912

    Puerto Rico...............$700,082

    Virgin Islands............$272,164

 

    TOTAL DOLLARS.............$64,219,000

 

    TOTAL AWARDS..............56