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星期二, 2月 07, 2017

AG HEALEY ANNOUNCES CRIMINAL JUSTICE INVESTMENT PROGRAM FUNDS TO BENEFIT LAW ENFORCEMENT, DRUG PREVENTION EFFORTS

AG HEALEY ANNOUNCES CRIMINAL JUSTICE INVESTMENT PROGRAM FUNDS TO BENEFIT LAW ENFORCEMENT, DRUG PREVENTION EFFORTS
Criminal Forfeiture Funds Available for Programming to Prevent Crime and Drug Addiction, Provide Drug Education in Massachusetts

BOSTON – Attorney General Maura Healey today announced a program that will provide money seized from criminal cases to local organizations focused on preventing crime, providing drug rehabilitation, and offering drug education in their communities.

Under AG Healey’s Criminal Justice Investment Program, the AG’s Office will annually distribute the proceeds of court-ordered forfeitures in drug and gaming-related criminal cases to community organizations and law enforcement agencies throughout the state.

“With this program, money seized from criminal enterprises will be used to prevent crime and combat addiction in our communities,” AG Healey said. “This funding will help support local organizations working hard to fight the opiate epidemic, reduce gun violence, and educate our young people.”

Under the state forfeiture law, the AG’s Office can provide up to 10 percent of the proceeds seized from narcotics and gaming-related cases to drug rehabilitation, education, or other crime prevention programs in Massachusetts. Under federal law, the AG’s Office can provide up to $25,000 annually from forfeitures ordered in joint federal-state prosecutions to fund criminal prevention and education programs around the state. The amount of funds available in the program fluctuates on a fluid basis depending on what is seized from the ongoing cases in AG Healey’s Criminal Bureau.

Funding awards made through the Criminal Justice Investment Program will supplement or expand current efforts of community groups and law enforcement agencies.

Organizations that could receive funding from the AG’s Criminal Justice Investment Program could include police departments or other law enforcement agencies, criminal diversion programs, social services agencies, drug treatment or rehabilitation facilities, community youth groups, or a drug education/substance use prevention program.

The AG’s Office will be accepting applications for funding from the Criminal Justice Reinvestment Program until April 30. Interested applicants can visit the AG’s website for information. Funding awarded will be provided to the selected recipients in four installments from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.

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