Specter, Casey Announce Over $500,000 in Justice Grants for Northwestern Pennsylvania

WASHINGTON, DC- U.S. Senators Arlen Specter (R-PA) and Bob Casey (D-PA) today announced the U.S. Department of Justice has awarded $558,101 to Northwestern Pennsylvania through BJA’s Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG). The funding was included in the recently enacted American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

“This funding will have tremendous impact on local communities by enhancing safety through advanced law enforcement programs and criminal justice initiatives,” said Senator Specter. “I am pleased that the economic stimulus package will benefit these vital projects to prevent and control crime in Pennsylvania.”

“These grants will help state and local government support activities that ensure the safety of their citizens,” said Senator Casey.  “One of the objectives of the recovery plan is to help governments revitalize their communities. These funds will go a long way to meeting this goal.”

The JAG program is a grant program designed to help state and local governments control and prevent crime and further develop the criminal justice system.

For more information on Byrne grants, please visit: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA/grant/jag.html

The complete distribution of JAG money to Northwestern Pennsylvania includes:

SHARON CITY    $67,236
FRANKLIN CITY    $10,725
MERCER COUNTY    $15,881
CORRY CITY    $22,893
ERIE CITY    $323,600
WARREN CITY    $76,930
Regional Total    $558,101


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