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DOJ awards $376 million to promote public safety

The Dept. of Justice and United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler recently announced that the department has awarded more than $376 million in grant funding to enhance state, local and tribal law enforcement operations and reinforce public safety efforts in jurisdictions across the United States. Of that, $1,403,842 will support public safety activities in the Southern District of Indiana.

The awards were made by the department’s Office of Justice Programs.

“Crime and violence hold families, friends and neighborhoods hostage, and they rip communities apart,” said Katharine T. Sullivan, OJP principal deputy assistant attorney general. “These programs help restore the health and safety of crime-ravaged communities by supporting prevention activities, aiding in the apprehension and prosecution of perpetrators, facilitating appropriate sentencing and adjudication and providing communities and their residents the means for recovery and healing.”

The awards support an array of crime-fighting initiatives, including the quarter-billion dollar Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grants Program, which funds public safety efforts in 929 state, local and tribal jurisdictions. Funding also supports sex-offender registration and notification, law enforcement-based victim services, the testing of sexual-assault kits and programs designed to address youth with sexual-behavioral problems. Other awards will focus on wrongful convictions, intellectual property enforcement, innovative prosecution strategies and the safety and effectiveness of corrections systems.

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