Three county programs to share $86,000 in grants
From Staff Reports

Sept. 16, 2005 - More than $86,000 in state and federal grants, distributed by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division, will go to three area programs which serve Hopkins County juveniles for continued prevention and intervention services.

Ark-Tex Council of Governments and Northeast Texas Child Advocacy Center were among the 90 programs to receive a cut of the $4,965,893 awarded in grants aimed at preventing juvenile delinquency and improving the juvenile justice system.

These grants are awarded under the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act fund and are distributed by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division).

Ark-Tex COG was awarded $20,920 to provide detention services, psychological evaluations, and medical and dental emergency services to youth in the juvenile justice system in Bowie, Cass, Delta, Franklin, Hopkins, Lamar, Morris, Red River and Titus counties.

Northeast Texas Child Advocacy Center Inc. was notified of a $56,533 award to provide parent and family education classes, support groups, and an early intervention and delinquency prevention program to at-risk youth in Wood, Rains, Camp, Hopkins, Titus, Upshur and Franklin counties.

�Educating our children is the greatest step we can take in preventing juvenile crime,� Perry said. �These juvenile justice and prevention programs foster learning and responsible decision making which help keep children from entering or re-entering the juvenile justice system.�

JJDP programs improve the juvenile justice system through promoting positive youth development, protecting juveniles’ rights, and offering prevention, treatment and rehabilitation to at-risk or offending youth.

Sulphur Springs - Hopkins County Crime Stoppers, Inc. was also among the 50 Crime Stoppers programs across Texas designated to receive a portion of the $487,255 awarded in grants under the state Crime Stoppers Assistance Fund and are distributed by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division.

According to Gov. Rick Perry's office Sulphur Springs - Hopkins County Crime Stoppers, Inc. was dubbed to benefit from a $9,000 designated, to train local law enforcement, students and faculty sponsors as well as provide support for their 24-hour hotline.

�Texans in every community benefit from these organizations,� Perry said. �By strengthening the resources and tools available to Crime Stoppers programs, we raise public awareness, reduce crime and increase safety.�

These grants are distributed to state-certified Crime Stoppers programs that are dedicated to reducing crime in Texas’ schools and communities through anonymous tip hotlines and the payment of rewards.

Each year, CJD awards more than $130 million in grants to help Texans at the forefront of the fight against crime. CJD funds a variety of programs for juvenile justice, crime prevention and victim services grants – all aimed at making Texas a safer place.

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