ATLANTA – The Department of Justice has awarded more than $ 2.2 million in federal grants to support various community safety and criminal justice initiatives in South and Middle Georgia.
“These grants are substantial investments in both necessary and innovative solutions for a wide range of criminal justice problems affecting communities in the Middle District of Georgia,” said US Attorney Peter D. Leary.
“As the New Year dawns, our office reaffirms our full commitment to our region’s common goal of reducing violence and ensuring fair and equal justice in every community we serve.
Here is an overview of the grants approved by the agency’s Office of Justice Programs:
- $ 900,000 to the Beekeeper Reentry Program, an anti-recidivism initiative led by the Family Wellness Outreach Center of Georgia in Albany for 102 adults in 14 counties in southwest Georgia considered most at risk for recidivism.
- $ 622,903 to Beginning New Outreach Inc. in Columbus to provide ongoing mentorship to youth who are abusing or currently addicted to drugs, youth at risk of abuse, and youth whose family members are abusing or are currently addicted to drugs. Drugs.
- $ 250,000 to the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office to replace prison cell locks, both to keep the facility in compliance and to dramatically improve the safety and security of inmates, staff and visitors.
- $ 150,000 Community Policing Grant to the Fort Valley Police Department to build a stronger community-police relationship, provide one-on-one training for officers, and increase patrolling in high crime areas.
- $ 141,687 to the Decatur County Board of Commissioners to help reduce violent crime in rural areas served by the South Georgia justice circuit.
- $ 104,731 to the City of Columbus for criminal justice initiatives including drug and gang task forces, improving public and officer safety, courts, corrections, education, treatment, improved technology, victim support and mental health programs.
The city of Albany received a grant of $ 83,805 for the same types of criminal justice initiatives as the grant in Columbus, while the city of Americus received $ 12,155 for these same initiatives.
The Office of Justice Programs provides federal leadership, grants, training, technical assistance and other resources to improve the country’s capacity to prevent and reduce crime, advance racial equity in administration of justice and assisting victims.
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