PCCD Announces $16.8 Million in Grants to Improve Criminal Justice System

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency announced the award of nearly $17 million in state and federal funding to
improve county and local justice systems in 39 counties across Pennsylvania.

“This funding supports needed and important innovations in technology and programming at the county and local levels,” said PCCD Chairman Walter M. Phillips Jr. “These initiatives improve public safety and help to rehabilitate offenders, while reducing jail overcrowding and recidivism.”
Recipient programs focus on a broad range of issues, including developing strategic plans to improve current local criminal justice systems, improving pre-trial case management, implementing alternative incarceration options as well as substance abuse treatment programs and planning for disaster recovery of justice systems records.

The commission’s award, undertaken with the support of Gov. Edward G. Rendell, includes more than $3.5 million in new funding.

All grants will be managed by PCCD’s Office of Criminal Justice System Improvements, which assesses the needs of the criminal justice system
and develops and implements policies and procedures to improve the system’s operations. The Office of Criminal Justice System Improvements also supports all units of government in the development of plans to address problems dealing with crime and the criminal justice system.

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