Thursday, January 19, 2012

What grants might be cut if counties don't update crime data?

Earlier this week Grits published a list of Texas counties at risk of losing eligibility for federal Justice Assistance Grants if they don't meet minimum standards for recording judicial data, and at the time I asked the Governor's office for a list of those grants: Here are the grant awards for 2012 so far; they aren't in every county, but a lot of the bigger ones and all those along the border. Grant awards include funds for quite a few drug, mental health and other specialty courts, equipment purchases, border security grants, overtime pay, and an array of other specialized projects. Counties may become ineligible for these grant funds, the Governor's Criminal Justice Division has announced, if they don't update records to include at least 90% of criminal case dispositions from '06-'10. The CJD  has said they're willing to assist counties with grant funds to upgrade local data systems.

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