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Virginia Govt. grants $39 million fund to improve criminal justice

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The Virginia Government (USA) has granted $39 million fund to support state, local and non-profit programs, which work to improve criminal justice across the country.

The funds include nearly $30 million in state money allocated by the General Assembly, more than $8.4 million in federal funds, and just over $1 million in local matching funds. The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) administrators will grant the programs. Governor has appointed the DCJS Criminal Justice Services Board and the policy board to act on matters affecting the criminal justice system, reviewed and approved the grant proposals. According to DCJS Director Leonard G. Cooke, these grants will specifically fund sexual assault programs; criminal justice system improvements; victim witness programs; school resource officers; offender re-entry transitional services; residential substance abuse programs; and comprehensive community corrections programs.

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