ATTORNEY GENERAL HOLDER ANNOUNCES RECOVERY ACT GRANT TO SAVE OR CREATE JUSTICE RELATED GUAM JOBS
WASHINGTON – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder today announced that more than $4 million in Recovery Act funds will go to Guam to maintain or increase public safety on the island, while creating or retaining jobs within the law enforcement community. These Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program funds are part of more than $4 billion in Justice Department Recovery Act funds available to assist territory, state, local and tribal law enforcement and for other criminal justice activities that help to prevent crime and improve the criminal justice system in the United States while supporting the creation of jobs and much needed resources for communities.
As submitted in their application, the Guam Bureau of Statistics and Plans will support efforts to combat crime on the island through the multi task force program; sex offender registration management; property crime reduction; forensic medical examination of sexual assaults and sexual assault prosecution; correctional treatment; Drug Court; criminal justice records improvement; forensic laboratory information systems and laboratory improvement and evaluation.
"By addressing Guam's economic challenges while simultaneously meeting the Governor's public safety priorities, these funds represent the best of what the Recovery Act can do for our communities," Attorney General Eric Holder said. "This vital funding will help fight crime and build safer communities, and we look forward to continued work with Guam to address these criminal justice goals on the island."
The procedure for allocating JAG grants is based on a formula of population and violent crime statistics, in combination with a minimum allocation to ensure that each state, territory, and local jurisdiction receives an appropriate share of funding.
The JAG Program is the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to state, territory, tribal and local jurisdictions and is managed by the Department's Office of Justice Programs' Bureau of Justice Assistance. JAG funds support all components of the criminal justice system, from multi-jurisdictional drug and gang task forces to crime prevention and domestic violence programs, courts, corrections, treatment, and justice information sharing initiatives. Projects may address crime through the provision of services directly to individuals and/or communities and by improving the effectiveness and efficiency of criminal justice systems, processes, and procedures. For more details on the JAG Program or to track the use of Recovery Act funds, visit www.ojp.gov/recovery.
The Office of Justice Programs, headed by Acting Assistant Attorney General Laurie O. Robinson, provides federal leadership in developing the nation's capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice, and assist victims. OJP has five component bureaus: 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. Additionally, OJP has two program offices: the Community Capacity Development Office, which incorporates the Weed and Seed strategy, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART). More information can be found at www.ojp.gov.