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Sewell: DOJ awards $38 million to Alabama to fight crime, make communities safer

“Making our communities safer for our children and families has always been a top priority of mine,” Sewell said.

Congresswoman Terri Sewell

U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Alabama, announced on Wednesday more than $38 million in federal funding from the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) to fight crime and make Alabama communities safer. This comprehensive investment is part of a nationwide push to prevent and reduce crime by providing federal resources to combat gun violence, sex trafficking, substance abuse, and violence against women and children. 

“Making our communities safer for our children and families has always been a top priority of mine,” said Rep. Sewell. “This $38 million from the Department of Justice will go a long way in doing just that. Together, these grants will ensure that our community organizations, local law enforcement, and especially our rural police departments have the tools they need to break the cycle of violence, prevent crime, strengthen police accountability, and save lives. I was so proud to advocate for this funding at the federal level and will continue working with our state and local partners to keep Alabamians safe.”

Rep. Sewell announced the following DOJ grants for Alabama:

Bessemer, Birmingham, and Jefferson County 

Tuscaloosa and Tuscaloosa County  

  • $64,207 – Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program – This funding will be used by the disparate jurisdictions of the City of Tuscaloosa and Tuscaloosa County for equipment that will support crime prevention and violence reduction. 
  • $259,810 – Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program – The City of Tuscaloosa will use this funding to design and implement the Tuscaloosa Mental Health Court Initiative. 
  • $20,000 – Body-worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program to Support Law Enforcement Agencies – The Northport Police Department will expand its Body Worn Camera Program with this funding. 
  • $1,249,636 – Preventing School Violence: BJA’s STOP School Violence Program – The University of Alabama (UA) is partnering with the University of Alabama/University of West Alabama Regional Inservice Education Center to implement the BAMASTOP Program in high schools in rural counties including Choctaw, Greene, Marengo, and Sumter counties. This program uses university-community partnerships to train and educate school personnel, families, and students to prevent and reduce student violence and improve school climate. 

Selma and Dallas County 

 Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) 

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  • $20,429,574 – Victim of Crimes Act (VOCA) Victim Assistance Formula Grant – This program helps provide direct assistance to crime victims, with priority going to victims of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault and population groups who have been previously underserved. 
  • $2,675,267 – Office on Violence Against Women STOP Formula Grant Program – This program, authorized by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), is used to develop and strengthen law enforcement, prosecution, and court strategies to combat violent crimes against women and to develop and strengthen victim services, including community-based, culturally specific services, in cases involving domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. 
  • $4,059,847 – Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program – The Edward Byrne Memorial JAG Program is the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions. ADECA is currently accepting applications for local law enforcement equipment purchases and the application is available here
  • $931,749 – Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners Program – This funding will be used to help Alabama inmates with substance abuse prevention and treatment.
  • $152,995 – Project Safe Neighborhoods Formula Grant Program – This project is designed to enhance community safety by preventing violent gun and gang crime in Jefferson, Tuscaloosa, Greene, Pickens, Sumter, and other Alabama counties in the Northern District of Alabama. These grants are administered by ADECA at the discretion of the United States Attorney’s offices. 
  • $83,604 – Project Safe Neighborhoods Formula Grant Program – This funding will be used to combat violent crime in Montgomery, Lowndes, and other Alabama counties in the Middle District. These grants are administered by ADECA at the discretion of the United States Attorney’s offices.
  • $77,001 – Project Safe Neighborhoods Formula Grant Program – This funding will be used by the Southern District of Alabama to combat violent crime in Hale, Perry, Dallas, Marengo, Choctaw, Clark, Wilcox, and other counties in the Southern District. These grants are administered by ADECA at the discretion of the United States Attorney’s offices.
  • $325,591 – Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program – This funding will be used by the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences to improve their capabilities to combat the opioid epidemic. 

Alabama State Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) 

State of Alabama – Miscellaneous Agencies and Organizations 

  • $108,001 – John R. Justice (JRJ) Formula Grant Program – Alabama will use this funding to recruit and retain prosecutors and public defenders. 
  • $491,000 – VOCA Victim Compensation Formula Grant – This grant award provides funds to the Crime Victims Compensation Commission from the Crime Victims Fund to enhance State Victim Compensation payments to eligible crime victims. 
  • $1,868,756 – Adult Treatment Court Site-Based – This funding will be used by the Alabama Administrative Office of Courts (AOC) to implement the MIDAS Treatment Court Data Project, which will help create individualized treatment plans for people arrested for minor drug and alcohol offenses.

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