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Justice Department to give out grants to American cities experiencing rise in violent crime

The Justice Department announced this week that it will close out the year by giving grants to major US cities who have struggled with a rise in violent crime over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The grants will be given to several jurisdictions across the United States, including mostly large metropolitan areas. The $1.6 billion will be split across a variety of initiatives in more than 900 cities nationwide.

The Justice Assistance Grant, which makes up $271.9 million of the funds, will assist local law and state law enforcement combat the steady uptick in violent crimes seen all over the US in the last two years, as the pandemic, economic struggles, and racial and political tensions have driven up murder rates, assault rates, and other violent crime rates. 

The funds have been given out to fight a variety of violent crimes, such as drug-related activity, gang-related activity, and programs aimed at reducing violent crime, like domestic abuse programs, courts, and treatment programs for violent offenders.

According to the DOJ announcement, “Chicago was awarded $2,407,095 and Seattle was awarded $771,127. Philadelphia is eligible for $1,499,662; Baltimore may receive $1,364,052; New York City is eligible for $4,095,916 and Los Angeles is allotted $2,692,835.”

The Justice Department says the grants will “help support the department’s Comprehensive Strategy for Reducing Violent Crime, announced in May, and will advance President Biden’s Comprehensive Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gun Crime and Ensure Public Safety, released in June.”

ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: THE GUARDIAN

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Laura is a freelance writer out of Maryland and a mom of three. Her background is in political science and international relations, and she has been doing political writing and editing for 17 years. Laura has also written parenting pieces for the Today Show and is currently working on writing a collection of remarkable true stories about normal people. She writes for FBA because unbiased news is vital to unity, and readers deserve the facts free of opinion.

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