DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AWARDS MORE THAN $28 MILLION TO ASSIST TRIBAL COMMUNITIES WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT AND JUSTICE SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Department of Justice today announced awards of more than $28 million to the nation's tribal communities for law enforcement and justice system improvements. These awards include funds for tribal courts assistance, alcohol and substance abuse prevention, juvenile and mental health programs and victim assistance.
"These awards will assist tribal governments and communities as they respond to and improve criminal justice services for adults and juveniles," said Regina B. Schofield, Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs. "We must do everything within our power to support families and communities in their efforts to maintain safe and healthy communities as well as provide assistance to crime victims."
The grant amounts and purposes are as follows:
The grants are administered by the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), through the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the Office for Victims of Crime. The initiatives enhance tribal criminal and juvenile justice systems, improve the handling of child abuse cases and service delivery to victims of crime, and support tribal efforts through technical assistance and training. Additionally, OJP's American Indian and Alaska Native Affairs Desk supports outreach to tribal communities, which includes helping tribes access grant funding opportunities.
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 five component bureaus and two 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 Office of the Police Corps and Law Enforcement Education and the Community Capacity Development Office, which incorporates the Weed and Seed strategy and OJP's American Indian and Alaska Native Affairs Desk. More information can be found at www.ojp.usdoj.gov.