GUAM GETS ITS "STATE" 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 June 21, 2002

Congressman Robert A. Underwood said the funding for Guam's Fiscal Year 2002 "state" share of two important Justice Department grants was released today. 

Guam will receive $1,372,500 under the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant (LLEBG) and $1,059,600 under the Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grant (JAIBG).

"The Juvenile grant goes to DYA (the Department of Youth Affairs) and the Local Law Enforcement Grant, of course, goes to the Guam Police Department, the courts and other local law enforcement entities," the Congressman said.

Prior to Fiscal Year 2001, Guam received 50 percent of a state share; American Samoa received 33% and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas got 17%.

"Two years ago, with the help of a couple of members of the House Appropriations Committee, I was able to get an amendment to establish a full state share for Guam. It's been a long and hard fight. Now it is finally coming through and we're finally going to see some of the benefits for DYA and local law enforcement."

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.

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: [email protected] 

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

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