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NH Delegation Announces More than $7.9 Million to Support Granite State Law Enforcement & Services for Crime Victims

Washington, DC, September 21, 2020

Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that funds the Department of Justice (DOJ), announced with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) that DOJ awarded $7,942,122 in federal funds for New Hampshire to support Granite State law enforcement agencies, strengthen the New Hampshire criminal justice system and bolster services for victims of crime in the state. Of these funds:

  • $7,224,379 was awarded to the New Hampshire Department of Justice (NHDOJ) through funding from the Office for Victims of Crime, which supports services for victims of crime in the state.
  • $434,573 was allocated to the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (NHDHHS) through funding from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to strengthen juvenile delinquency prevention and intervention efforts, as well as fund improvements to the state’s juvenile justice system.
  • $250,311 was awarded to five localities throughout New Hampshire through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program, which funds state and local law enforcement and criminal justice system initiatives, including those associated with fighting the heroin and opioid crisis, such as the state’s drug task forces and approved treatment alternatives to incarceration.
  • $32,859 went to NHDOJ through the John R. Justice Grant Program, which provides student loan repayment support to Granite State public defenders and prosecutors.

“These federal dollars are a substantial investment in public safety,” said Senator Shaheen. “These resources will support crime victims in their hour of need, support law enforcement’s efforts to fight and prevent crime and strengthen crime diversion and prevention efforts for young people. Support for these and other federal initiatives that support law enforcement and our criminal justice system will continue to be a top priority for me as a leader of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that determines funding for these grant programs.”

“Federal, state, and local governments must work together to prevent crime and to support victims,” said Senator Hassan. “These extensive federal grants will help our communities have the resources that they need to improve the criminal justice system.”

“This robust funding will improve public safety in our communities, bolster law enforcement’s efforts to prevent crime and keep Granite Staters safe, and support victims of crime in New Hampshire,” said Congresswoman Kuster. “Throughout my tenure in Congress, I have been a strong supporter of the Victims of Crime Act and Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Programs which assist law enforcement’s work in combatting the opioid epidemic. These federal dollars are an important investment in our state, and I will continue to prioritize funding for initiatives to prevent crime and improve our criminal justice system.”

“Supporting New Hampshire law enforcement continues to be a top priority of mine, and these funds will go a long way in helping keep our communities safe,” said Congressman Pappas. “These Department of Justice grants will go to communities throughout the state to support a variety of initiatives, including strengthening juvenile delinquency prevention and intervention efforts, supporting victims of crimes, and helping local law enforcement deal with the ongoing opioid epidemic. I remain committed to working with our federal delegation to make sure New Hampshire communities are safe and have the support they need.”

Breakdown of Byrne JAG Awards

Five New Hampshire localities received a combined total of $250,311 in funding through the Byrne JAG Program. Below is a breakdown of the awards:

Grantee

Amount

Manchester

$179,436

Rochester

$25,634

Concord

$21,685

Laconia

$12,540

Cheshire County

$11,016

TOTAL

$250,311

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