FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                        Contact:            Office of Communications           

TUESDAY, APRIL 22, 2003                                                            Office of Justice Programs

www.ojp.usdoj.gov

Linda Mansour 202-616-3534                                                           

Main Office: 202-307-0703

COPS Office

www.cops.usdoj.gov

Maria Carolina Rozas 202-616-1728

 

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT DELIVERS MORE THAN $5 BILLION

TO ASSIST STATES LAST YEAR

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – States and localities received more than $5.47 billion from the Justice Department in Fiscal Year 2002 to assist with criminal justice activities, according to a report released by the Department today.  The largest category of funding was for law enforcement at $2.51 billion. The next largest category was for addressing substance abuse at $985.2 million.  Subsequent funding categories included juvenile justice at $656 million, nearly $647 million for counterterrorism, almost $541 for victims and $129.38 million in the community-based category.

 

“We are committed to making federal funding information available to federal, state and local officials so they can make informed decisions about allocating resources to their programs,” said Attorney General John Ashcroft.  “By partnering with state and local policymakers, we can invest our funds wisely to ensure public safety.”

 

The Justice Department awarded states and territories $249.77 million more in Fiscal Year 2002 than in Fiscal Year 2001.  The majority of states received increased funding.  Because many of the larger grants are awarded to states based on population, heavily populated states received more funding than less populated states.  The funding report also includes discretionary grants that are awarded competitively to communities or nonprofit agencies including faith-based organizations.

 

Law Enforcement

Almost 46 percent, or $2.51 billion, of the total amount was awarded for initiatives such as hiring and training police officers, training emergency first responders and purchasing equipment. Funds awarded by the COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services) Office are included in this category as are the Bulletproof Vest Program grants, which are new to the report this year.  The COPS Office provides grant funding to advance community policing in jurisdictions across the country.

 

Substance Abuse

$985.2 million was targeted at substance abuse.  Funds were awarded for interdiction and enforcement efforts and prevention and drug treatment programs, including drug courts.

 

Juvenile Justice and Counterterrorism

Juvenile justice activities received $656 million and nearly $647 million was dedicated to counterterrorism efforts, a new functional area added to the report this year.  The counterterrorism category includes money for training emergency first responders and purchasing equipment, as well as research and development of counterterrorism technology.  Juvenile justice funds include money for delinquency prevention programs such as mentoring and reducing gang violence. 

 

Support for Victims

The majority of funding in the victims category (almost $541 million) went directly to states to provide compensation and assistance for crime victims and to combat domestic violence and sexual assault.  This figure included money that was awarded to several states to compensate victims in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

 

Community Assistance Through Weed and Seed

A large portion of the community-based category funding, $129.38 million last year, is provided through the Weed and Seed program.  Weed and Seed is a strategy that aims to prevent, control and reduce violent crime, drug abuse and gang activity in targeted high-crime neighborhoods.

 

For the second consecutive year, the Justice Department is providing an annual report detailing all funding the Department’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) and Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office have awarded to each state and territory.  The report is available online at www.ojp.usdoj.gov/fy2002grants and www.cops.usdoj.gov

 

The Justice Department report lists specific grantees in each state alphabetically by city within six functional areas and summary information for each city.  There is also a separate listing of all grants to the state alphabetically by city. 

 

A list of the total grant amounts awarded to each state is attached.  State points of contact can be found at www.ojp.usdoj.gov/state.htm  Information about the COPS Office and its programs can be found at www.cops.usdoj.gov  The state funding reports are available only on the OJP and COPS Office Web sites at www.ojp.usdoj.gov/fy2002grants and www.cops.usdoj.gov, respectively.

 

The Office of Justice Programs provides federal leadership in developing the nation’s capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice, and assist victims.  OJP is headed by an Assistant Attorney General and comprises 5 component bureaus and 2 offices: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the National Institute of Justice; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; and the Office for Victims of Crime, as well as the Executive Office for Weed and Seed, and the Office of the Police Corps and Law Enforcement Education.  Information about OJP programs, publications, and conferences is available on the OJP Web site, www.ojp.usdoj.gov

 

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

OFFICE OF JUSTICE PROGRAMS AND

OFFICE OF COMMUNITY ORIENTED POLICING SERVICES

 

FY 2002 AWARDS BY STATE

 

 

STATE

 

AWARD AMOUNT

 

Alabama

 

$70,810,865

 

Alaska

 

$44,925,163

 

Arizona

 

$111,940,556

 

Arkansas

 

$47,251,719

 

California

 

$649,026,833

 

Colorado

 

$73,102,022

 

Connecticut

 

$98,676,509

 

Delaware

 

$19,186,300

 

District of Columbia

 

$73,239,889

 

Florida

 

$254,214,418

 

Georgia

 

$169,800,576

 

Hawaii

 

$23,364,467

 

Idaho

 

$30,322,224

 

Illinois

 

$177,798,657

 

Indiana

 

$70,538,312

 

Iowa

 

$44,594,080

 

Kansas

 

$45,848,576

 

Kentucky

 

$69,838,511

 

Louisiana

 

$77,858,217

 

Maine

 

$28,113,529

 

Maryland

 

$153,100,204

 

Massachusetts

 

$110,312,028

 

Michigan

 

$115,489,574

 

Minnesota

 

$68,200,019

 

Mississippi

 

$72,039,328

 

Missouri

 

$87,533,002

 

Montana

 

$34,546,836

 

Nebraska

 

$33,857,202

 

Nevada

 

$52,713,832

 

New Hampshire

 

$73,363,335

 

New Jersey

 

$157,538,435

 

New Mexico

 

$63,311,968

 

New York

 

$496,338,422

 

North Carolina

 

$97,377,019

 

North Dakota

 

$21,065,025

 

Ohio

 

$118,285,341

 

Oklahoma

 

$72,874,090

 

Oregon

 

$67,916,871

 

Pennsylvania

 

$141,272,544

 

Rhode Island

 

$27,491,844

 

South Carolina

 

$74,655,374

 

South Dakota

 

$57,807,980

 

Tennessee

 

$89,508,346

 

Texas

 

$316,189,964

 

Utah

 

$59,486,370

 

Vermont

 

$25,968,803

 

Virginia

 

$257,546,471

 

Washington

 

$105,154,822

 

West Virginia

 

$49,910,896

 

Wisconsin

 

$78,287,669

 

Wyoming

 

$19,294,366

 

American Samoa

 

$5,569,629

 

Guam

 

$8,602,736

 

Northern Mariana Islands

 

$3,657,838

 

Puerto Rico

 

$54,586,959

 

Virgin Islands

 

$18,247,010

 

TOTAL

 

$5,469,553,574

 

April 2003