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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MONDAY, MAY 24, 2004
OJP
(202) 307-0703

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT INVESTS ALMOST $7 BILLION IN FY 2003
FOR STATE AND LOCAL CRIME FIGHTING INITIATIVES

     WASHINGTON, D.C. States and communities nationwide received more than $6.9 billion from the Department of Justice (DOJ) in fiscal 2003 to support key Department goals such as fighting terrorism, assisting victims of crime, targeting juvenile crime and drug abuse, assisting communities, and improving the criminal justice system.

     "Investing in the public safety of our communities is a priority that continues to reap positive results," said Attorney General John Ashcroft. "Violent crime has dropped to a 30-year low, and the Justice Department is working hard to ensure our nation's law enforcement community has the funds it needs to improve public safety for all Americans."

     The largest category of funding was for law enforcement at $2.82 billion, followed by counterterrorism initiatives at $2.7 billion. Other funding categories included over $693 million for victims of crime, $495 million for juvenile justice, more than $116.6 million for substance abuse initiatives, and $67.8 million for community-based assistance. An entire breakdown of all funding, by city and state, is available at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/archive/topics/fy2003grants/.

     The Justice Department awarded states and territories $1.52 billion more in fiscal year 2003 than in fiscal year 2002. The majority of states received increased funding. Because many of the larger grants are based on population, heavily populated states receive more funding than those with less population. The funding report also includes discretionary grants that are awarded competitively to communities or non-profit agencies, including faith-based organizations.

     Most of the funds were distributed through the Department's Office of Justice Programs (OJP) or the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office. OJP provides federal leadership in developing the nation's capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice, and assist victims. The COPS Office provides grant and technical assistance resources to state and local law enforcement agencies.

Law Enforcement
     About 40 percent, or $2.82 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 Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office are included in this category. The COPS Office provides grant funding to advance community policing in jurisdictions across the country.

Counterterrorism
     Counterterrorism initiatives received $2.78 billion for training emergency first responders and purchasing equipment, as well as research and development of counterterrorism technology. The bulk of these funds were distributed by the Office for Domestic Preparedness, which was a component agency of OJP for much of fiscal 2003 and is now part of the Department of Homeland Security.

Support for Victims
     More than $693 million went to support services for crime victims. The Office for Victims of Crime and the Office on Violence Against Women awarded most of the funding in this category to provide compensation and assistance for crime victims and to combat domestic violence and sexual assault.

Juvenile Justice
     Juvenile justice activities received more than $656 million for a wide range of programs, including delinquency prevention programs such as mentoring and reducing gang violence.

Substance Abuse
     More than $116.6 million was targeted to reduce substance abuse. Funds were awarded for interdiction and enforcement efforts, as well as prevention and drug treatment programs, including drug courts.

Community Assistance Through Weed and Seed
     Much of the community-based category funding, $67.8 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.

     The Department report lists specific grantees in each state, by city, within six functional areas and summary provides information for each city. A separate listing of all grants to the state also is available by city. A list of the total grant amounts awarded to each state is included below. State points of contact can be found at www.ojp.usdoj.gov/state.htm. The state funding reports are available only on the OJP and COPS Office websites at www.ojp.usdoj.gov/fy2003grants and www.cops.usdoj.gov, respectively.

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
OFFICE OF JUSTICE PROGRAMS AND
OFFICE OF COMMUNITY ORIENTED POLICING SERVICES

FY 2003 AWARDS BY STATE

 

 

STATE

 

AWARD AMOUNT

 

Alabama

 

$84,334,845

 

Alaska

 

$53,612,575

 

Arizona

 

$131,297,738

 

Arkansas

 

$63,280,418

 

California

 

$734,636,529

 

Colorado

 

$108,599,526

 

Connecticut

 

$96,010,836

 

Delaware

 

$36,236,017

 

District of Columbia

 

$201,866,014

 

Florida

 

$347,020,863

 

Georgia

 

$204,058,257

 

Hawaii

 

$51,117,315

 

Idaho

 

$39,431,737

 

Illinois

 

$239,128,605

 

Indiana

 

$100,311,758

 

Iowa

 

$68,991,152

 

Kansas

 

$66,480,901

 

Kentucky

 

$114,568,683

 

Louisiana

 

$133,392,362

 

Maine

 

$44,225,203

 

Maryland

 

$149,660,364

 

Massachusetts

 

$148,653,538

 

Michigan

 

$160,362,043

 

Minnesota

 

$103,743,677

 

Mississippi

 

$68,457,161

 

Missouri

 

$128,300,714

 

Montana

 

$52,341,307

 

Nebraska

 

$53,676,466

 

Nevada

 

$81,115,544

 

New Hampshire

 

$66,253,165

 

New Jersey

 

$170,081,688

 

New Mexico

 

$83,130,793

 

New York

 

$517,718,078

 

North Carolina

 

$130,699,002

 

North Dakota

 

$35,247,414

 

Ohio

 

$185,383,437

 

Oklahoma

 

$99,361,002

 

Oregon

 

$86,467,186

 

Pennsylvania

 

$216,604,789

 

Rhode Island

 

$42,041,397

 

South Carolina

 

$110,211,441

 

South Dakota

 

$51,067,499

 

Tennessee

 

$111,552,949

 

Texas

 

$422,890,389

 

Utah

 

$56,864,525

 

Vermont

 

$36,569,426

 

Virginia

 

$212,205,691

 

Washington

 

$176,050,340

 

West Virginia

 

$69,145,892

 

Wisconsin

 

$108,747,754

 

Wyoming

 

$29,432,107

 

American Samoa

 

$8,852,334

 

Guam

 

$12,151,087

 

Northern Mariana Islands

 

$7,885,540

 

Puerto Rico

 

$62,028,584

 

Virgin Islands

 

$16,813,200

 

TOTAL

 

$6,990,368,859