Hoeven Announces $512,000 in DOJ Funding to Reduce Drug & Violent Crime, Support Victim Services

Funds Will Also Support Recruitment of Prosecutors, Public Defenders

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Justice has awarded two grants to North Dakota totaling $512,433. The details of the awards are as follows:

• North Dakota Office of the Attorney General – $481,103 – The funds, made available through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program, will support local efforts to reduce drug abuse, drug trafficking and violent crime in the state. The funds will also support victim services, including shelter, protection and medical and forensic examinations for children.

• Bank of North Dakota - $31,330 – The funds, made available through the John R. Justice Program, will support the establishment of a loan repayment program to encourage qualified attorneys to choose careers as prosecutors and public defenders.

“We continue to support comprehensive efforts to help ensure the safety of our communities and a high quality of life for our residents,” Hoeven said. “Today’s funding will support the work of law enforcement, service providers and the court system across our state to reduce the incidence of drug and violent crime, ensure offenders are brought to justice and protect victims.”