|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5, 2009
CONTACT: LOLA POTTER
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Governor Phil Bredesen today announced that grants totaling over $56 million are being awarded to cities and counties, state and local agencies and organizations that serve victims of crime in Tennessee through funding provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
“These Recovery Act grants will have a significant impact across Tennessee, especially among local law enforcement agencies that are feeling the impact of the economic downturn,” Bredesen said. “I applaud local organizations for moving quickly to apply for these grants, which improve the criminal justice system by combating violent and drug-related crime and also bring together law enforcement, service programs, prosecutors and the courts to make sure victims and justice are served.”
Approximately $50 million of the total criminal justice grants are awarded through the Byrne/Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program of the U.S. Department of Justice. Byrne/JAG grants support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on local jurisdiction’s own needs and conditions. The program provides local agencies with the flexibility to prioritize and place justice funds where they need them most.
The criminal justice grants now being delivered locally are:
A complete list of agencies receiving the grants can be found at www.tnrecovery.gov/finance.