HARRISBURG (June 12, 2019) – State Senator Andy Dinniman announced today that two Chester County organizations and five municipalities will receive more than $1.25 million in funding for criminal justice and crime prevention.

“These funds will support important efforts to prevent crime, keep our communities safe, get dangerous criminals off the streets, and provide vital recovery services to victims,” Dinniman said.

The federal grant funds, which were approved today by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, fall into two categories the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) and the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program.

Under VOCA, the Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County will receive $624,328 and the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County will receive $531,835.

The JAG grants are as follows:

  • $14,320 for East Pikeland Township.
  • $46,069 for Easttown Township.
  • $7,685 for Phoenixville Borough.
  • $24,304 for Valley Township.
  • $2,870 for West Pikeland Township.

The JAG program is the leading source of federal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions. It provides states and local governments with critical funding necessary to support a range of program areas including law enforcement, prosecution, indigent defense, courts, crime prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, planning, evaluation, technology improvement, and crime victim and witness initiatives and mental health programs and related law enforcement and corrections programs, including behavioral programs and crisis intervention teams.

All states also receive VOCA funds to help support local victim assistance and compensation programs. They may only be used to provide direct services to crime victims. The services must respond to the emotional, psychological, or physical needs of crime victims, assist victims in stabilizing their lives after victimization, assist victims to understand and participate in the criminal and juvenile justice process, or restore a measure of security and safety for the crime victims.