MACON, Georgia – The Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) has awarded a total of $ 2,265,281 in grants to support local programs that address a range of community security and criminal justice issues across the Middle District of Georgia deal.

“These grants represent a substantial investment in both necessary and innovative solutions to a wide range of criminal problems affecting communities across the Middle District of Georgia,” said US Attorney Peter D. Leary. “As the New Year begins, our office reaffirms our full commitment to our region’s common goal of reducing violence and ensuring just and equal justice in every community we serve.”

The following jurisdictions and authorities applied for and received grants through the OJP’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) for fiscal year 2021, which were awarded in December 2021:

  1. The Beekeeper Reentry Program – An Innovative Approach to Relapse Reduction $ 900,000 BJA FY 2021 Second Chance Act Grant to the Family Wellness Outreach Center of Georgia, Inc. in Albany, Georgia, with a goal of increasing the relapse rate for 102. Reduce re-entry of adults at highest risk of relapse by at least 25% in 14 counties in southwest Georgia. Georgia’s recidivism rate among those released from prison is around 30%.
  2. Implement standards, protect prisoners – stronger, better locks

$ 250,000 BJA FY 2021 Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Standards Implementation, Inmate Protection and Community Protection Grant to Muscogee County, Georgia Sheriff’s Office to replace cell locks in prison to ensure compliance with both Regulations in the facility ensure the safety and security of inmates, staff and visitors.

  1. Fort Valley Police Community Policing Initiative – Addressing the growing problems of violent crime

$ 150,000 BJA FY 2021 Law Enforcement Reduction Rural Violent Crime Initiative Grant to Fort Valley, Georgia City Police Department to build stronger community-police relationships, provide one-on-one officer training, and focus patrols in high-crime areas reinforce while partnering with community members and housing administrators in these areas.

  1. Rural crime reduction project in South Georgia County

$ 141,687 BJA FY 2021 Law Enforcement Reduction Rural Violent Crime Initiative Grant to the Decatur County, Georgia Board of Commissioners for purposes focused on rural violent crime reduction served by the South Georgia Judicial Circuit.

The following non-profit organization applied for and received a grant from the OJP’s Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) for fiscal year 2021, which was awarded in October 2021:

  1. Mentoring for young people affected by the opioid crisis and drug addiction

$ 622,903 Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) FY 2021 grant to Beginning New Outreach, Inc. in Columbus, Georgia to provide ongoing care for adolescents currently drug abusing or addicted, adolescents at risk of abuse and adolescents with family members who are currently abusing or addicted to drugs.

The following jurisdictions applied for and received the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) from the OJP Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) for fiscal year 2021, which was awarded in October 2021:

  1. Local Law Enforcement Funding Aid, Columbus Consolidated Government

$ 104,731 BJA FY 2021 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) to support criminal justice initiatives including law enforcement, drug and gang task forces, public safety and officer security improvement, courts, corrections, education, treatment, technology improvement , Crime victim support, mental health and other programs to reduce crime and improve safety.

  1. Less than Lethal Program, City of Americus, Georgia

$ 12,155 BJA FY 21 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) to support criminal justice initiatives including law enforcement, drug and gang task forces, public safety and security enhancement, courts, correctional facilities, education, treatment, technology improvement, assisting Victims of Crime, Mental Health, and Other Crime Reduction and Safety Improvement Programs.

  1. Law Enforcement Improvement Project, Albany City

$ 83,805 BJA FY 21 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) to support criminal justice initiatives including law enforcement, drug and gang task forces, public safety and officer security improvement, courts, correctional facilities, education, treatment, technology improvement, assistance to crime victims , mental health and other programs to reduce crime and improve safety.

Once the awards have been made, information on the recipients selected for each call can be found online on the OJP Grant Awards Page.

OJP provides federal leadership, grants, training, technical assistance, and other resources to improve the country’s ability to prevent and reduce crime, promote racial justice in the administration of justice, assist victims, and strengthen the rule of law. More information about OJP and its components can be found at www.ojp.gov.