Department of Justice today posted solicitations for four public safety
grants. Applicants for these FY 2018 grants will be required to certify
compliance with new conditions to these grants that will increase
information sharing and other cooperation between federal, state, and
local law enforcement. These new grant conditions will ensure that
federal immigration authorities have the information they need to
enforce immigration laws and keep our communities safe.
The new conditions require recipient jurisdictions to certify that
they: (1) comply with 8 USC 1373 and 1644, which promote information
sharing and other cooperation between state and local law enforcement
and federal immigration authorities; (2) when practicable, provide
advance notice before releasing a criminal alien from a state or local
detention center; (3) permit Department of Homeland Security personnel
to access criminal detention facilities in order to meet to conduct
interviews of criminal aliens in state or local custody; and (4) comply
with federal criminal laws related to the harboring of illegal aliens.
The grants also allow for preferential consideration of a grant
application where the applicant plans to use immigration-cooperation
tactics to address public safety in their jurisdiction.
"So-called 'sanctuary' policies make all of us less safe because they
intentionally undermine our laws and protect illegal aliens who have
committed crimes,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said. “As part of
accomplishing the Department of Justice's top priority of reducing
violent crime, we must encourage these 'sanctuary' jurisdictions to
change their policies that undermine public safety, and to partner with
federal law enforcement to remove criminals.”
More details on these grants are below:
- Supporting Innovation: Field-Initiated Programs to Improve Officer and Public Safety
This grant solicitation invites applicants to pilot, assess, and
implement original approaches that target emerging or chronic crime
problems facing the country and placing our officers and public at risk.
- Justice Accountability Initiative (JAI): Pilot Projects Using Data-driven Systems to Reduce Crime and Recidivism
This grant solicitation invites applicants to reduce recidivism
and crime by improving the effectiveness of risk assessments and to
provide a more data-driven approach system-wide.
- Gang Suppression Planning: Build Capacity for a Multilateral Data-Driven Strategy to Promote Public Safety
This grant solicitation seeks to understand a jurisdiction’s
gang landscape and be able to use data to develop effective gang control
strategies. It will aim to reduce and sustain reductions in community
youth violence, particularly gun and gang violence, and victimization;
prevent violence and promote healing from victimization and exposure to
violence in the home, school, and community; and increase the safety,
well-being, and healthy development of children, youth, and families.
- A Law Enforcement and Prosecutorial Approach To Address Gang Recruitment of Unaccompanied Alien Children program:
This grant solicitation invites jurisdictions that have high
levels of youth- perpetrated gun crime and gang violence and that can
demonstrate a willingness and readiness to develop fully comprehensive
community- and data-driven responses. Funding will support selected
jurisdictions to undertake strategic planning and capacity-building work
through multidisciplinary and community partnerships.