WEST CHESTER (September 9, 2020) – Four Chester County organizations will receive nearly $7 million in funding for criminal justice, victim services, and crime prevention programs, state Senator Andy Dinniman announced today.

“Crime is a wound on the entire community and these funds support important programs that aim to prevent criminal activity, reduce recidivism, provide vital recovery services to victims, and offer alternative sentencing programs to eligible nonviolent offenders and those suffering from addiction,” Dinniman said.

The funds, which were approved by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, fall into three categories: the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), the federal Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program, and CAPPAC Intermediate Punishment Treatment Funds.

The VOCA funds will be distributed as follows:

  • $1.68 million for Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania for legal services for victims of domestic violence.
  • $2.48 million for the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County for continuing services for victims of domestic violence.
  • $2.05 million for the Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County for CVC Victims of Crime Act 2020-2023.

Under JAG, the Chester County Commissioners will receive $110,525 for a social worker for Chester County prison and $149,873 for a pretrial program resource navigator.

In addition, the Chester County Commission will receive $500,000 for the Intermediate Punishment Treatment Program.

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 and assist victims in stabilizing their lives after victimization.

The Intermediate Punishment Program is a form of alternative sentencing for eligible non-violent offenders, primarily those convicted of drug- and alcohol-related offenses.

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