Below (and attached) are the summary of the final compromise bill released last night:
o $2 billion for the Byrne JAG formula grant program;
o $225 million for Byrne competitive grants (see purposes below);
o $225 million for Violence Against Women programs, of which $175 million is for the STOP grants and $50 million is for the transitional housing assistance grants program;
o $1 billion for the COPS Office for the hiring and rehiring of additional career law enforcement officers and civilian public safety personnel. The bill waives the 25% local match and the $75,000 per officer cap;
o $40 million for competitive grants to provide assistance and equipment to local law enforcement along the Southern border and in High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas to combat criminal narcotics activity stemming from the Southern border, of which $10 million shall be for ATF’s Project Gunrunner;
o $225 million for Indian Country grants (see text below);
o $100 million to be distributed by the Office for Victims of Crime (see text below);
o $125 million for assistance to law enforcement in rural areas (see text below); and
o $50 million for Internet Crimes Against Children initiatives.
o $2 million for DOJ’s Inspector General’s office (to track the use of the dollars);
o $10 million for management and administration and oversight of programs within the Office on Violence Against Women, the Office of Justice Programs, and the COPS office. No administrative overhead costs shall be deducted by DOJ from these programs;
o DOJ will be required to submit a spend plan to the Hill within 60 days of enactment;
o The conference report text on the Byrne Competitive Grants is as follows: “for competitive, peer-reviewed grants to units of State, local, and tribal government, and to national, regional, and local non-profit organizations to prevent crime, improve the administration of justice, provide services to victims of crime, support critical nurturing and mentoring of at-risk children and youth, and for other similar activities;”
o The report text on the rural law enforcement section reads as follows: “to combat the persistent problems of drug-related crime in rural America. Funds will be available on a competitive basis for drug enforcement and other law enforcement activities in rural states and rural areas, including for the hiring of police officers and for community drug prevention and treatment programs;”
o The report text on the victims’ compensation section reads as follows: “to support State compensation and assistance programs for victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, drunk driving, homicide, and other Federal and state crimes;” and,
o The report text on the tribal assistance reads as follows: “to assist American Indian and Alaska Native tribes, to be distributed under the guidelines set forth by the Correctional Facilities on Tribal Lands program. The Department is directed to coordinate with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and to consider the following in the grant approval process: (1) the detention bed space needs of an applicant tribe; and (2) the violent crime statistics of the tribe.”
The bill and report text (explanatory statement) are up on the House Rules website: http://www.rules.house.gov/bills_details.aspx?NewsID=4149.
All of these funds are to be available until September 30, 2010. What, exactly, that means and how, exactly, that provision will be interpreted by the Hill and DOJ will become clearer in the next days and weeks.
So, sometime this year, Governor Perry will get a larger pot of Byrne grant money than in years past and he'll need to dispense it in a relatively short period of time. Even though the section on rural law enforcement specifically authorizes regional drug task forces, I hope Gov. Perry instead spends the money on new drug treatment and prevention programs simultaneously made eligible under the bill, which are needed in rural areas a lot more than some bastard reincarnation of the old, Tulia-style drug task forces.