Crist Announces $4.7 Million For Criminal Justice and Public Safety in Florida

Today, Congressman Charlie Crist (D-FL) announced 5 separate grants totaling $4,759,529 awarded by the Department of Justice to Florida and Pinelles entities. This comes after Crist announced over $7 million in Department of Justice grant funding to Florida law enforcement last week.

"Throughout my entire career, the safety and security of Florida families has been a top priority,” said Rep. Crist. "From funding the police to safer schools, we're putting safety and justice first. These grants will help returning citizens and those in recovery once again become productive members of society. Floridians know there is nothing more important than being able to live in a safe and strong community. That’s why I will continue to work to get our community the resources we need."

The grant award details and amounts are as follows:

  • $960,000 to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to establish a comprehensive system to increase transparency in tracking sexual assault kits from the time of collection through final disposition.
  •  $500,000 to the Florida Department of Corrections for continued support of the Second Chance Act Adult Reentry Program, including efforts to enhance employability and job retention for returning citizens. 
  • $996,944 to enhance and expand the Pinellas Family Treatment Court to provide safe, nurturing, and permanent homes and developmental services for children, while also providing parents with the necessary support and services they need to achieve stable recovery.
  • $314,000 to the City of Largo to purchase 157 body-worn cameras for the Largo Police Department to support police accountability and increase community trust in policing.
  • $1,998,585 to the University of Florida to create a school safety dashboard for the State of Florida to develop actionable insights and resources to combat violence in schools

Through his position on the Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee on Appropriations, Congressman Crist helped secure funding for these grant programs in fiscal year 2021, including:

  • $110 million for Debbie Smith DNA Backlog Grant Program, including funding for SAFE-ITR (Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Inventory, Tracking, and Reporting);
  • $100 million for the Second Chance Act Adult Reentry Education, Employment, Treatment, and Recovery Program; 
  • $83 million for Drug Treatment Courts;
  • $35 million for body-worn camera purchases; and
  • $79 million for STOP School Violence Grants.

Additionally, Crist successfully secured $230,000 in the House version of the FY22 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill for the City of Largo to secure and deploy body worn cameras for police officers. This bill is awaiting final passage in both the House and Senate.

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