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Jun 21

Local Programs Receive Criminal Justice Support Funds

Posted on June 21, 2017 at 4:21 PM by Communications Department

More Than $83 Million for Criminal Justice Programs Across Virginia

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced $83.3 million in grants to support essential criminal justice programs and services in every corner of the Commonwealth. Criminal Justice logo_SCThe grants are awarded to localities, nonprofit organizations, and state agencies to fund programs for the fiscal year beginning July 1. The funding comes from state appropriations and special funds, as well as from federal funds allocated to Virginia for justice system improvements.

Locally, the following agencies are receiving grant funds:
• Transitions Domestic Violence Services and Domestic Violence Victim Fund;
• Center for Sexual Assault Survivors Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Grant Program;
• Newport News CASA, Inc. Court Appointed Special Advocate;
• Newport News, City Juvenile Accountability Block Grant - One-Time Special Fund;
• Newport News, City Victim Witness Program; and
• Newport News, City Virginia Domestic Violence Victim Fund/Prosecutors.

The $83.3 million funds 58 domestic violence and sexual assault shelters; 56 law enforcement agencies to improve public safety; 37 local probation programs to strengthen pretrial and offender services; 27 special advocate programs for abused and neglected children; $1.9 million for localities to support school resource and school security programs in elementary, middle and high schools; and domestic violence and victim/witness programs in more than 100 Commonwealth’s Attorneys Offices.

 The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services administers nearly 1,000 grants annually totaling more than $250 million. The grants support programs and initiatives across the criminal justice system in Virginia. More information about the grants is available on the Department of Criminal Justice Services website.