DOJ Offers to Help Police & Prisons With $850M During Coronavirus Pandemic

by AmericasKeepersAdmin on April 02, 2020

As public safety agencies continue to put themselves in harms way battling the coronavirus, the Department of Justice is offering $850 million in funds to assist in the fight.

The Department of Justice is giving $850 million to public safety agencies across the nation. The funds can be used for anything that will help them be better equipped to fight the pandemic.

The Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Program was approved by Congress. Anyone who was eligible for the State and Local Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program in the fiscal year 2019 is eligible for the funding.

Funds can be utilized for things such as materials, hiring, paying overtime, and to deal with the medical needs of those in prisons and jails.

“Allowable projects and purchases include, but are not limited to, overtime, equipment (including law enforcement and medical personal protective equipment), hiring, supplies (such as gloves, masks, sanitizer), training, travel expenses, and addressing the medical needs of inmates in state, local, and tribal prisons, jails, and detention centers,”
– the Bureau of Justice Assistance

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