Trenton’s more crime-ridden neighborhoods streets should soon feel the impact of some of the $29.7 million New Jersey will be receiving as part of a federal grant program that will support New Jersey ’s Safe Streets and Neighborhoods program.
The appropriations, called Justice Assistance Grants, are part of the $424.8 million in the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, passed by Congress and signed by Pres. Barack Obama earlier this year.
“Building safer communities has been a top priority of this administration,” said Gov. Corzine, in a statement announcing the funding. “I’m pleased that these funds will help further our crime fighting efforts throughout the state.”
The New Jersey Safe Streets and Neighborhoods program is part of Governor Corzine’s overall plan to combat crime and create safer communities throughout the Garden State.
The program has seen the state target illegal street gangs while providing prisoner reentry and other programs designed to keep people out of prison.
The Justice Assistance Grant Program funds make up an important part of the $4 billion in Justice Department funds available to for state, local and tribal law enforcement to fund crime fighting and improve the criminal justice system.