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$100 Million Available to Crime Victims Thanks to Recovery Act

| by DOJ

WASHINGTON --- The Department of Justice today announced that
$100 million is available for crime victim programs as part of
the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. This funding will be
administered by the department's Office of Justice Programs (OJP) through its
Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), which oversees the Victims of Crime Act
(VOCA) compensation and assistance formula and discretionary grant programs.

Of the $100 million, $47.5 million in formula
funding will be directed to state agencies that administer VOCA-funded crime
victim compensation programs and $47.5 million in formula funding
will be directed to state agencies that administer VOCA-funded crime victim
assistance programs. Five million dollars of the $100
million will be directed to discretionary grant projects to be awarded
under the currently open National Field-Generated Training, Technical Assistance, and
Demonstration Projects
(NFG) competitive grant solicitation.

A list of the allocations and an explanation of how the VOCA allocations were
calculated is available at: www.ojp.usdoj.gov. More
information about the National Field-Generated Training, Technical Assistance, and
Demonstration Projects
(NFG) competitive grant solicitation is available:
here.

The Recovery Act includes more than $4 billion to assist
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. Overall, OJP will administer more than
$2.7 billion in assistance for the criminal justice community,
which will support the creation of jobs and much needed resources for states and
local communities. Visit here for more information about
these and the other OJP formula and competitive grants available through the
Recovery Act.

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 here.

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