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Senate Spending Bill to Provide One-third Increase for COPS Hiring Grants
Byrne Grants to be Level Funded, Second Chance Grants Cut in Half

By Laura DeKoven Waxman
August 2, 2010

If appropriations bills moving through the House and Senate are not derailed, funding for COPS Hiring Grants could see an increase next year. The President requested $600 million, about twice as much as is available this year, and the Senate Appropriations Committee has approved $400 million for the program. While the House Appropriations Subcommittee has not specified how much would go for hiring, it would provide a total of $729 million for the COPS Office, less than is available this year, but more than the President requested and more than the Senate Committee approved.

Byrne Justice Assistance Grants would be about level-funded at $520 million, but Second Chance Act/Offender Re-Entry programs would be reduced to $50 million, half the amount they are funded at this year and half the amount requested by the President.

The Senate Appropriations Committee reported out $60.1 billion in discretionary funds for the Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) spending bill July 22 on a 17-12 vote. The measure, which was reported out of Subcommittee the previous day on a voice vote, would provide nearly $30 billion for the Justice Department, including $3.7 billion for state and local law enforcement, $30 million more than is available this year and $260 million more than the President requested. The table below shows funding for key state and local programs in thousands of dollars.

Although the House Appropriations Subcommittee reported out its CJS bill on a voice vote June 29, funding levels for specific programs still are not available. That bill would provide a total of $60.5 billion in discretionary funds, with $30 billion going to the Department of Justice, and almost $4 billion designated for state and local law enforcement activities, which the Subcommittee says is $250 million above this yearís level. Funding for the Office of Justice Programs would increase to $2.77 billion next year, up from $2.28 billion this year. Funding for Office of Violence Against Women Programs would increase to $459.7 million next year.