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Feds Boost Efforts to Return Ex-Prisoners to Society

Programs that help former prisoners return to their communities and become productive citizens will receive $62 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Justice. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the distribution during a recent visit to Project EARN, a Drug Reentry Court program in St. Louis, Mo. Holder said such programs can cut criminal justice costs while forging “the stronger, safer communiti ...

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Federal Grants Boost Legal Services for Poor Defendants

The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded $6.7 million in grants to a bevy of criminal defense organizations in a continuing effort to improve the legal representation of poor defendants, Attorney General Eric Holder announced recently. In an October 2013 press release, Holder noted his department’s commitment to boosting the availability, quality and delivery of legal services for all of the nation’s resi ...

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DOJ Awards Grants to Combat Gangs, Violence

In an effort to curb gang activity, and youth and gun violence in communities across the country, the U.S. Department of Justice recently awarded grants totaling more than $13 million to help fund and expand crime prevention programs. The federal agency is providing about $5.1 million to 16 communities through the Project Safe Neighborhoods Program, which is run by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. It also ...

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DOJ Grant Funds National Campus Safety Center

The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded a $2.3 million grant for the creation of a national campus security center to be based at the University of Vermont in Burlington. The National Center for Campus Public Safety will help institutions of higher learning establish safe campuses through best practices, training and research. It will offer resources to college and university safety officials, including ...

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Recognizing and Protecting Yourself from Racial Profiling

Racial profiling has been a hot topic in the media lately, particularly as it pertains to the national debate around illegal immigration. In March 2013, at least nine federal lawsuits were filed against U.S. Customs and Border Protection, alleging the agency’s border patrol officers detained U.S. citizens for questioning on the basis of their race alone. The plaintiffs also claimed mistreatment of citizens ...

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