Federal, state grants aid local criminal-justice efforts

State money going to support programs to improve criminal-justice services across the Commonwealth will be flowing to a few worthy programs in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia.
The Collins Center and First Step Inc. in Harrisonburg will receive funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, more popularly referred to as the federal stimulus package. The Collins Center will get $212,766 in federal funds to go toward its domestic-violence programs, according to a release from Gov. Tim Kaine’s office released earlier this week. First Step Inc. will get $50,380 in federal dollars.

New Directions in Staunton will get $542,623 in state funds associated with the federal stimulus monies toward its domestic-violence programs. New Directions serves the Greater Augusta region.

Also listed in the release was $204,155 in state monies to the City of Staunton under the category Community Corrections and $19,504 in federal and matching local funds to Augusta County for programs under the Violence Against Women Recovery Act.

Charlottesville’s Sexual Assault Resource Agency will get $190,464 in federal stimulus dollars for its programs. Another $103,905 will go to Charlottesville under the category Community Corrections.

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