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Important Survey Regarding Recent Cuts in the Federal Justice Assistance Grant Programs

Posted Date: 
June 28, 2012
Dalen A. Harris, Associate Legislative Director, Justice & Public Safety/Large Urban County Caucus, NACo

Please join agencies and organizations across the criminal justice system in completing a survey intended to gather information about the impact of recent cuts in the federal justice assistance grant programs, which include funding for juvenile justice programs.  The short survey will ask you to provide basic information about the programs you administer and the services you provide and then, importantly, to describe how these cuts in federal funding have impacted the functioning of the criminal justice system in your community.

Over the last two fiscal years, Congress has reduced overall funding to the Department of Justice’s state and local grant programs by over 40 percent.  In January of 2013, additional reductions of 7-9 percent are set to go into effect.  These automatic across-the-board cuts, called sequestration, were passed in August 2011 as part of the Budget Control Act to reduce the federal deficit. The information collected by this short survey will be used to educate Members of Congress and other policymakers about the impact of past cuts and the likely impact of the sequester.

We hope you will take the survey and also send it to your partner agencies and organizations that receive federal justice assistance grant funding.  The deadline for completing the survey is COB Tuesday, July 17th. 

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Dalen A. Harris | 202-942-4236