Central and South Georgia Law Enforcement Agencies Win Federal Grants |

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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 central and southern Georgia.

“These grants are substantial investments toward both necessary and innovative solutions for a wide range of criminal justice issues affecting communities in the Middle District of Georgia,” said U.S. Attorney Peter D. Leary.

“As we enter the new year, our office reaffirms our total commitment to our region’s shared goal of reducing violence and ensuring fair and just justice in every community we serve.

Here is an overview of grants approved by the agency’s Office of Justice Programs:

  • $900,000 to the Beekeeper Reentry Program, an anti-recidivism initiative run by the Family Wellness Outreach Center of Georgia in Albany for 102 adults in 14 southwestern Georgia counties considered most at risk for recidivism.
  • $622,903 to Beginning New Outreach Inc. in Columbus to provide ongoing mentorship to youth who abuse or use drugs, youth at risk of abuse, and youth whose family members abuse or use drugs.
  • $250,000 to the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office to replace locks on jail cells, both to keep the facility in compliance and to significantly 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 officer training, and increase patrols 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 Judicial Circuit.
  • $104,731 to the City of Columbus for criminal justice initiatives including drug and gang task forces, improved public and officer safety, courts, corrections, education, treatment, improved technology, support for victims of crime and mental health programs.

The City of Albany received an $83,805 grant for the same types of criminal justice initiatives as the Columbus grant, while the City of Americas 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 nation’s ability to prevent and reduce crime, advance racial equity in administration of justice and to help the victims.

This story is available through a news partnership with Capitol Beat News Service, a project of the Georgia Press Educational Foundation.


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