City Announces Criminal Justice Council Grants To District Attorney, Orleans Parish Juvenile Court, NOPD
NEW ORLEANS – Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced the Sanford "Sandy" Krasnoff New Orleans Criminal Justice Council awarded grants totaling over $200,000 to the District Attorney, Orleans Parish Juvenile Court and NOPD. The Criminal Justice Council, chaired by Mayor Landrieu and composed of elected officials, agency heads and members of the community, advise the Mayor and the City Council on policy matters regarding crime control and criminal justice activities, and coordinates the administration of criminal and juvenile justice grants in the city.
The two grants awarded are the STOP Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) grants.
The VAWA grant, totaling $164,048, will be split between the New Orleans District Attorney and the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD). It will work to enhance the capacity of local communities to develop and strengthen effective law enforcement and prosecution strategies, and combat violent crimes against women, City reps said. It will also aid in victim services for cases that involve violent crimes against women.
“Public safety is our top priority and investments like these are critical in helping us build a stronger and more effective criminal justice system,” Mayor Landrieu said. “These grants will help expand the capabilities and effectiveness of our law enforcement partners as they work to improve services and support in these critical areas. This is an example of the work my administration and the Criminal Justice Council regularly perform to secure additional investments for all parts of our criminal justice system.”
The JJDP grant, totaling $51,367, is awarded to the Orleans Parish Juvenile Court and will serve to improve the juvenile justice system by increasing the availability and types of prevention programs afforded to the city’s youth, City reps said.
“These grant funds are strategic investments that will strengthen our criminal justice agencies,” said Criminal Justice Commissioner Calvin Johnson. “This JJDP grant will allow the Juvenile Court to offer our youth opportunities that move them away from the juvenile justice system and into supportive programs.”
Both the VAWA and JJDP grants are federally funded grants allocated to Orleans Parish, passed through the State of Louisiana. The Criminal Justice Council helps to distribute grant funds throughout the criminal justice and juvenile systems.