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

NEWS RELEASE August 21, 2001

Congressman Robert A. Underwood said that $1,266,400 -- Guam’s Fiscal Year 2001 ‘state’ share of the Justice Department’s Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grant -- is now on its way to the Department of Youth Affairs. The doubled amount is a result of Congressman Underwood’s amendment to the Commerce, State and Justice budget bill for FY 01. That bill was signed into law in December 2000.

The state share amendment is also included in the Commerce, State and Justice 2002 budget bill for FY 02, which passed the House last month. Congressman Underwood’s amendment calls for Guam to receive a full state share of the Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grant and the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant. Although the LLEBG has yet to be awarded, DYA will also soon receive $33,000 under the Community Prevention Grant and $15,000 under the Challenge Activities Grant.

The Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grant can be used for 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. The Community Prevention Grant supports and enhances efforts to enforce laws prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages to minors and public education and prevention programs combat underage drinking. The Challenge Activities Grant funds efforts to develop, adopt and improve policies and programs in one or more of ten identified challenge areas.

"It’s been a long and hard fight to secure a state share of these Justice grants, but it’s been well worth the effort," the Congressman said. "I’m sure DYA will be please to receive these grant awards, and will have to rush to commit the funding before the new fiscal year begins.

Prior to enactment of the new funding formula, Guam, American Samoa and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas shared a single state share, with Guam getting 50%, American Samoa getting 33% and the CNMI getting 17%.

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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