Attorney General Announces $4.3M in Grants to Fight Crime
PERTH AMBOY -- In an effort to improve crime and prevention programs in New Jersey, Attorney General Anne Milgram announced $2.8 million in grant awards today at the William C McGinnis School in Perth Amboy.
In front of more than 60 students in after school programs, she also highlighted utility company PSE&G's commitment of $1.5 million to support crime- and gang-prevention efforts.
The $2.8 million will go to 13 counties in New Jersey over the next two years. The grant amounts range from $55,000 to $140,000 and will go to non-profit agencies like the Boys & Girls Clubs and several law enforcement agencies.
Money also was awarded to individual municipalities, including Phillipsburg, Hamilton Township, Asbury Park, Hillside, Roselle, Burlington, Perth Amboy, Hackensack, Camden County, Vineland, Trenton, Pleasantville, Salem, West New York, and Newark.
"We can't arrest our way out of the problem of violent street gangs and gun violence," Milgram said. "That is why proven and evidence-based prevention programs aimed at keeping kids in school and in safe places like the Boys and Girls Clubs are so important. We must make kids who are at risk more resilient to the pressures of gangs." She noted 19,000 students dropped out of school in 2007.
The grantees were selected based on previous evidence of success, and the process was administered by the Division of Criminal Justice, said Milgram. She said the funds would reach 3,500 at-risk youth.
PSEG's $1.5 million will be used for after-school programs, including New Jersey After 3, Inc., a private non-profit organization dedicated to expanding after-school opportunities for New Jersey students. It serves more than 14,000 students in more than 100 schools statewide through partnerships with schools and groups including the Boys & Girls Clubs, YM/YWCAs, faith-based groups, and other non-profits.