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State receives more than $6M to curb drug abuse, violence

Posted at 1:48 PM, Oct 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-07 13:48:20-04

Criminal justice agencies across Michigan will receive over $6 million in federal grants to strengthen anti-drug and crime fighting efforts.

Funding comes from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program, and the Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners Program. Both were awarded to Michigan earlier this year.

"The protection and safety of Michiganders is a top priority and these grants will go a long way toward combating drug abuse and violence across the state," Gov. Rick Snyder said. "This funding will help build stronger communities through increased prevention, enforcement and treatment efforts."

Byrne JAG funds support all aspects of the criminal justice system, and this year’s awards focus on multijurisdictional drug task forces, priority population drug courts, juvenile-focused community policing, indigent defense, prosecutorial efforts and justice information sharing.

RSAT funds support the development and implementation of residential substance abuse treatment programs in correctional facilities.