– President Trump’s FY 2019 Budget proposal totals $28 billion for the
Department of Justice to support federal law enforcement and criminal justice
priorities of our state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners. The
request represents a comprehensive investment in the Justice mission and
includes increases in funding for strengthening security efforts to reduce
violent crime, enforce the nation’s immigration laws, combat the opioid
epidemic, and continues its commitment to national security.
Department of Justice has the noble task of keeping the American people safe
from drugs, gangs, and terrorists, and this budget proposal reflects our
commitment to do just that,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
“President Trump has ordered us to accomplish these goals by supporting
state and local law enforcement, dismantling transnational organized crime, and
working to bring down crime rates. For the last year, we have
aggressively carried out that agenda and have already seen major successes that
benefit the American people. Congress should invest in these efforts—because
all of us benefit from a safer America.”
Department of Justice’s areas of investment include:
- +$295 million in program
enhancements and transfers to fight the opioid crisis and support law
enforcement safety. Additional resources will be devoted to
combatting transnational criminal organizations, known for supplying
illicit substances to the United States.
- +$65.9 million in immigration
related program enhancements to enhance border security and immigration
enforcement. These investments will also improve our ability to
conduct immigration hearings to help combat illegal immigration.
- +$109.2 million to strengthen
federal law enforcement’s ability to reduce violent crime.
- +$10 million for BOP’s
apprentice program giving inmates the necessary skills for successful post
- +$13 million for the Criminal
Division to support Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) reform.
- $3.9 billion in discretionary
and mandatory funding for federal grants to state, local, and tribal law
enforcement and victims of crime, to ensure greater safety for law
enforcement personnel and the people they serve. Critical programs aimed
at protecting the life and safety of state and local law enforcement
personnel, including the Public Safety Partnership Program and the Project
Safe Neighborhood Program, demonstrate our continuing commitment to
supporting state, local, and tribal law enforcement.
more information, view the FY 2019 Budget and Performance Summary at https://www.justice.gov/doj/fy-2019-budget-and-performance-summary.
the American people from violent crime is a top priority for the Department of
Justice. Unfortunately, in recent years, crime has been on the rise in too many
places across the country. FBI statistics show that, in 2015 and 2016, the
United States experienced the largest increases in violent crime in a
quarter-century. Over those two years, violent crime increased by nearly
7%. Robberies, assaults, and rapes all increased, and murder increased by a
2017, the Department made some great strides, including the launch of the
enhanced Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative, which brings together all
levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to develop effective,
locally based strategies to reduce violent crime. The Department brought
cases against the greatest number of violent criminals in at least 25
years—since the Department began tracking a “violent crime” category. Although
preliminary numbers for 2017 show a decrease, violent crime rates are still
FY 2019 budget requests $109.2 million in program enhancements to reduce
violent crime and combat transnational criminal organizations. These resources
will enable the Department to dismantle the worst criminal organizations,
target the most violent offenders, and protect the public.
more information, view the Combating Violent Crime Fact Sheet at https://www.justice.gov/doj/fy-2019-budget-fact-sheets.
FY 2019 President’s Budget strengthens the Nation’s security through stronger
enforcement of the Nation’s immigration laws. The Department is
requesting $65.9 million in immigration-related program enhancements for FY
2019, which will enhance border security and immigration enforcement.
These investments will also improve our ability to conduct immigration
hearings to help combat illegal immigration to the United States by expanding
capacity, improving efficiency, and removing impediments to the timely
administration of justice. This budget supports the Department’s efforts, along
with our partners at the Department of Homeland Security, to fix our
more information, view the Enforce Immigration Laws Fact Sheet at https://www.justice.gov/doj/fy-2019-budget-fact-sheets.
Enforcement and the Opioid Crisis
United States is in the midst of the deadliest drug epidemic in American
history. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),
more than 63,600 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2016, a 21% increase
from the previous year. Over 42,200, or approximately two-thirds, of these overdose
deaths were caused by heroin, fentanyl, and prescription opioids. The President
declared this scourge a National Public Health Emergency in October 2017, and
the Department remains committed to doing its part to protect the American
people from the impact of drugs and drug-related crime nationwide.
FY 2019 budget requests $295 million in program enhancements and transfers to
combat the opioid crisis and bolster drug enforcement efforts. These resources
will enable the Department to target those drug trafficking organizations most
responsible for the opioid epidemic and drug-related violence in our
communities, as well as ensure the life and safety of first responders who are
on the front lines protecting the American people.
more information, view the Drug Enforcement and the Opioid Crisis Fact Sheet at https://www.justice.gov/doj/fy-2019-budget-fact-sheets.
Local, and Tribal Assistance
Justice Department is committed to reducing violent crime and addressing the
opioid epidemic. Federal law enforcement officers constitute only 15% of
the total number of law enforcement officers nationwide; therefore, 85% of the
officer support relies upon strong partnership with state and local law
enforcement. The Department supports its partners in state and local law
enforcement, who have critical intelligence about violent crime in their
communities, and whose actions are crucial in the fight against violent crime
and the opioid epidemic.
FY 2019 Budget continues its commitment to state, local and tribal law
enforcement by investing approximately $3.9 billion in discretionary and
mandatory funding in programs to assist them. Funding has been
prioritized to meet the most pressing law enforcement concerns – violent crime
and opioid abuse – and to help the victims of crime.
For more information, view the State, Local and Tribal Assistance Fact Sheet at https://www.justice.gov/doj/fy-2019-budget-fact-sheets.
President’s Administration is committed to establishing a smaller, leaner
federal government that reduces, both, bureaucracy and costs to the American
taxpayer. Since 2017, the Department of Justice has undertaking efforts to
refocus resources and turn our efforts back to our core mission. To
support the President’s Executive Order 13781 on reorganizing the Executive
Branch, the Department of Justice has begun taking steps to streamline itself
and to save taxpayer dollars. As part of the FY 2019 President’s Budget,
the Department is proposing a number of initiatives to achieve savings, to
reduce the size of government, and maximize agency performance.
more information, view the Restructuring Initiative Fact Sheet at https://www.justice.gov/doj/fy-2019-budget-fact-sheets.