GUAM TO RECEIVE STATES’ SHARE OF JUSTICE GRANTS

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CONGRESSMAN ROBERT A. UNDERWOOD Delegate from Guam U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C.

NEWS RELEASE December 20, 2000

Congressman Robert A. Underwood’s amendment to provide for Guam to receive states’ share of two important justice grants was included in the Fiscal Year 2001 State, Justice and Commerce budget bill passed by the House and the Senate on Friday. The bill now goes to the President for signature.

"This means that Guam will now receive a full state share of the funding for the Local Law Enforcement and the Juvenile Accountability Incentive block grants, effectively doubling the money for Guam," the Congressman said. "For Fiscal Year 1999, Guam received $590,000 under the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant and $640,000 under the Juvenile Accountability Block Grant. For fiscal year 2001, we will get $1.18 million and $1.3 million under those same grants."

The Local Law Enforcement Block Grant is used by the Government of Guam to purchase police vehicles and radios, fund police recruit training cycles, equip new law enforcement officers, and automate the Guam Police Department and the Superior Court. Guam’s Bureau of Planning, which administers the grant, plans to use the funding increases to provide for the hiring of rape, domestic and family violence prosecutors at the Department of Law, among other law enforcement agencies’ needs.

Administered by the Department of Youth Affairs (DYA), the Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grant funds are used to make improvements to the juvenile criminal offender housing facility and to hire a juvenile offense prosecutor at the Department of Law. An increase in the grant would enable DYA to implement more family integration and community aftercare programs for juvenile offenders and to fund the salaries of additional probation officers, social workers and psychologists.

"We have been trying to resolve states’ share funding for Guam for the past couple of years and I’m pleased that we've not only doubled the amount Guam receives but we’ve also secured the language in law that defines Guam as a state for the purposes of these grant programs," Congressman Underwood said, adding that while working the issue, he and his staff could find no justification for limiting Guam’s access to the block grants.

For additional information, contact: Cathy Gault at 671-477-4272

Washington office: 2418 Rayburn Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Tel: 202-225-1188 Fax: 202-226-0341 Email: guamtodc@mail.house.gov 

Guam office: 120 Fr. Duenas Ave., Ste 107 Hagatna, GU 96932 Tel: 671-477-4272 Fax: 671-477-2587

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