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Justice Assistance Grant Funds Released for Criminal Justice Program Enhancements

Grants Currently Support Community‐Based Services for Veterans and Juvenile Re‐entry Education Program

Hillsborough County, Fla. (August 09, 2019) - The Bureau of Justice Assistance has allocated
$144,104 in Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 local Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) funds to Hillsborough County for use beginning October 1, 2019. Grant funding will be used for criminal justice programs, including:

  • Law enforcement programs
  • Prosecution and court programs, including indigent defense
  • Prevention and education programs
  • Corrections, community corrections, and reentry programs
  • Drug treatment and enforcement programs
  • Planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs
  • Crime victim and witness programs (other than compensation)
  • Mental health programs and services

JAG program funds currently support the Veterans' Services Initiative, Predictive Policing Project and the Juvenile Re‐entry Education Program (JREP). Administered by the Public Defender's office, 13th Judicial Circuit, the Veterans' Service Initiative supports efforts to better serve the community's veterans by helping them access VA and community resources, including treatment and community‐based services. The program is expected to serve approximately 400 veterans annually. The City of Temple Terrace Police Department purchased Predictive Policing web-based programming. The program can anticipate likely crime events and inform actions to prevent crime. Success 4 Kids & Families, Inc. utilizes JAG funds to continue their partnership with Hillsborough County Public Schools in an effort to provide services for the Juvenile Reentry Education Program. The program assists youth involved in the Hillsborough Juvenile Justice system in obtaining General Education Diplomas (GEDs) and employment. This program is expected to serve approximately 300 youth between the ages of 16‐22 annually.

On September 06, 2018, the Public Safety Coordinating Council JAG Subcommittee recommended funding the aforementioned subgrantee projects/programs for up to three years, based on program performance and funding availability. These projects are managed by the Hillsborough County Criminal Justice Office. The Public Safety Coordinating Council Executive Committee reviewed and approved the subcommittee's recommendations on September 21, 2018.

JAG Applications will be available for review between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, until September 30, 2019 at the Hillsborough County Criminal Justice Office, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd., 24th floor, in Tampa.
Comments can be made in writing to:
Deborah McGinty or Felicia Richardson
Hillsborough County Criminal Justice Office
601 E. Kennedy Blvd., 24th floor
Tampa, FL 33602

For more information, contact: Deborah McGinty at mcgintyd@hillsboroughcounty.org or (813) 276‐2549; or Felicia Richardson at richardsonf@hillsboroughcounty.org or (813) 276-8336.

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