WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced more than $500,000 in competitive grant allocations to invest in the local justice system in Columbus. The federal funds, made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 are allocated through the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Edward Byrne Memorial Competitive Grant Program.

“This is a vital investment in the safety and well-being of the Columbus community,” Brown said. “It’s critical that local justice systems have the resources necessary to protect and support all Ohioans.”

According to the DOJ, The Recovery Act Edward Byrne Memorial Competitive Grant Program (Byrne Competitive Program) will help communities: 1) prevent and reduce violent crime through community-based data-driven approaches; 2) provide funding for neighborhood-based probation and parole officers; 3) reduce mortgage fraud and crime related to vacant properties; 4) hire of civilian support personnel in law enforcement; 5) enhance forensic and crime scene investigations; 6) improve resources and services for victims of crime; 7) support problem-solving courts; and 8) develop national training and technical assistance partnerships.

More information about the Columbus grant recipient is included below:
• The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus will receive $541,190 to expand advocacy efforts and support for child victims.

For more information about recovery funding opportunities, please visit Brown’s recovery Web page HERE