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Letter Urges Congressional Delegation to Support Bipartisan Initiative to Restore Byrne Funding
MADISON -- Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has sent a letter to Wisconsin's Congressional Delegation in support of bipartisan efforts under way to restore a key source of federal funds that are crucial to Wisconsin's crime fighting efforts.
In the federal budget for FFY2008, funding for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (Byrne/JAG) was reduced by 67%. "This reduction will result in significant funding cuts to numerous, established law enforcement programs across the country," said Van Hollen. "Here in Wisconsin, the scenario is no different."
"Byrne funds allow state and local law enforcement to fund a broad range of initiatives to prevent and control crime and to improve the criminal justice system," said Van Hollen.
In Wisconsin Byrne funding supports various crime fighting and justice initiatives. These include:
"I strongly believe that these federal resources are being used effectively and efficiently by numerous Wisconsin law enforcement agencies to prevent crime and provide justice for all," said Van Hollen. "I am urging the members of Wisconsin's Congressional Delegation to support and implement a bipartisan funding increase for the Byrne program."