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

NEWS RELEASE July 25, 2001

Congressman Robert A. Underwood said that the Fiscal Year 2002 budget bill for the departments of Commerce, State and Justice, passed by the House today, contains his amendment to grant Guam a full state share of two major Justice grants -- the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant (LLEBG) and the Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grant (JAIBG).

"The amendment would again double the amounts Guam will receive for these grants. We were successful in getting Guam a full state share in last year's appropriation, and this year, we had to begin the process all over again. It's a year-to-year fight," the Congressman said, adding that the previous formula had Guam, American Samoa and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas sharing a single state share. Under that formula, Guam received 50%, American Samoa received 33% and the CNMI received 17%.

With a full state share all to itself, Guam stands to receive around $1.18 million for the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant and $1.26 million for the Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grant for Fiscal Year 2002.

"The local law enforcement grant program allows the Guam Police Department to pay overtime, and this would be a much-needed boost, if used appropriately, to help relieve some of the pressures that our police officers are under by not getting paid adequately in overtime," the Congressman said. "The money can also be used for procurement."

Additionally, LLEBG grants can be used to hire, train and employ law enforcement officers and necessary support personnel, procure equipment and technology, enhance security measures in and around schools and high risk crime areas, establish or support drug courts and enhance the adjudication process of cases involving violent offenders.

The Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grant generally goes to the Department of Youth Affairs and can be used for 12 different purposes, including facilities construction; hiring of prosecutors, probation officers, juvenile judges and public defenders; funding pre-trial services for juvenile offenders; and establishing court-based juvenile justice programs and interagency information-sharing systems, among others.

"We'll have to see what happens when the bill goes to conference with the Senate bill, but this is very good news. It marks a significant boost to the resources of our law enforcement and juvenile justice agencies," Underwood said.

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: 

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

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