ATLANTA – The Justice Department has granted more than $ 2.2 million federal grants to support a variety of community security and criminal justice initiatives in central and south Georgia.

“These grants represent a significant investment in both necessary and innovative solutions to a wide range of criminal law 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.”

Here is a breakdown of the grants approved by the agency’s Office of Justice Programs:

  • $ 900,000 for the Beekeeper Reentry Program, an anti-relapse initiative run by the Family Wellness Outreach Center of Georgia in Albany for 102 adults in 14 counties in southwest Georgia that are considered to be the highest risk for relapse.
  • $ 622,903 to Beginning New Outreach Inc. of Columbus to provide ongoing care for young people currently abusing drugs or being addicted, adolescents at risk, and teenagers with family members who are currently drug abusing or addicted.
  • $ 250,000 to the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office to replace cell locks in the prison, both to help maintain facility compliance and to greatly improve the safety of inmates, staff, and visitors.
  • US $ 150,000 police grant to Fort Valley Police Department to help build stronger community-police relationships, provide one-on-one officer training, and increase patrols in high-crime areas.
  • $ 141,687 to the Decatur County Board of Commissioners to reduce violent crime in rural areas served by the South Georgia Judicial Circuit.
  • $ 104,731 to the City of Columbus for criminal justice initiatives, including drug and gang task forces, public and civil security enhancement, courts, correctional facilities, education, treatment, technology improvement, crime victim assistance, and mental health programs.

The City of Albany received a grant of $ 83,805 for the same types of criminal justice initiatives as the Columbus grant, while the City of Americus received $ 12,155 for the same initiatives.

The Office of Justice programs provide 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, and serve victims.

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