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Stimulus Funds Target Justice, Labor Programs

March 6, 2009 — The territory will receive $7.8 million in federal stimulus funding for justice and labor programs, Delegate Donna M. Christensen announced Friday in a press release.
"Workforce training and justice prevention, enforcement and technology programs are just some of the areas in which stimulus dollars will reach the Virgin Islands," Christensen said.
The funds are in addition to what the territory already gets for those programs, Christensen spokesman Monique Clendinen Watson said.
The money is already available to the government, Watson said.
A total of $4.9 million under the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant program was announced Friday by the White House. It will fund a broad range of programs that prevent and control crime and improve the criminal justice system. Programs funded under the grant cover law enforcement, prosecution and courts, prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, planning, evaluation and technology, and crime victims and witnesses.
Christensen also said that Labor Secretary Hilda Solis announced that the Virgin Islands will receive $2.8 million in stimulus funding for workforce training. The territory will receive $817,044 from the Employment and Training Administration for Youth Activities, $327,487 for Adult activities and $949,712 for dislocated workers. Under the Wagner Peyser program, the territory will receive $780,013 for job search assistance, job referral, placement assistance, re-employment services, and recruitment services.
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