Specter, Casey Announce Over $700,000 in Justice Grants for Northeastern 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 $779,198 to Northeastern 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 law enforcement agencies 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 Byrne 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 Byrne grants to Northeastern Pennsylvania includes:

SAYRE BOROUGH    $11,550
BERWICK BOROUGH    $20,212
CARBONDALE CITY    $14,643
MOOSIC BOROUGH    $24,750
SCRANTON CITY    $208,927
SOUTH ABINGTON TOWNSHIP    $15,881
POCONO TOWNSHIP    $14,025
STROUD TOWNSHIP    $58,986
POTTSVILLE CITY    $22,275
MONROE COUNTY    $56,099
EDWARDSVILLE BOROUGH    $28,874
EXETER BOROUGH    $11,344
HAZLETON CITY    $42,074
KINGSTON BOROUGH    $31,143
NANTICOKE CITY    $24,337
SWOYERSVILLE BOROUGH    $15,675
WILKES BARRE CITY    $125,604
BUTLER TOWNSHIP    $29,287
PLAINS TOWNSHIP    $23,512
Regional Total    $779,198

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