Pinellas County Receives $4.4 Million for Criminal Justice Programs
The Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners announced that its Department of Justice and Consumer Services has been named the recipient of $4.4 million in grant funding for local criminal justice programs. Funding received by the department is from 11 separate sources including several entities within the U.S. Department of Justices' Bureau of Justice Assistance and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Additional awards were granted from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the state of Florida.
The funding will provide additional resources for drug court treatment programs, re-entry assistance for ex-offenders, and other supportive services to reduce crime and recidivism. Information sharing and juvenile arrest diversion will be enhanced and expanded. Specific justice system project examples include:
Partners in the grants include Operation PAR, Sixth Judicial Circuit of Florida, Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, WestCare Gulf Coast-Florida, Pinellas Ex-Offender Re-entry Coalition, Agency for Community Treatment Services, University of South Florida's Florida Mental Health Institute, Dream Center, Florida Department of Corrections, and Kinfolks.
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