Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Justice Department awards Virginia $10.8 million to address coronavirus pandemic

(WYDaily file/Courtesy of Unsplash)
(WYDaily file/Courtesy of Unsplash)

U.S. Attorneys G. Zachary Terwilliger and Thomas T. Cullen on Friday announced Virginia has been awarded more than $10.8 million in Department of Justice grants to respond to the public safety challenges posed by the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The can be used in a variety of ways – including for staffing, overtime, protective gear or medical care in jails and prisons, according to a news release from the DOJ.

The grants, to the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, and to the city of Petersburg, are available under the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding program, authorized by the recent stimulus legislation signed by President Trump. The Justice Department is moving quickly, awarding grants on a rolling basis and aiming to have funds available for drawdown as soon as possible after receiving applications.

The Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) Program allows states, U.S. territories, the District of Columbia, units of local government, and federally recognized tribal governments to support a broad range of activities to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus.

Funded projects or initiatives may include, but are not limited to, overtime, equipment (including law enforcement and  medical personal protective equipment), hiring, supplies (such as gloves, masks, sanitizer), training, travel expenses (particularly related to the distribution of resources to the most impacted areas), and addressing the medical needs of inmates in state, local, and tribal prisons, jails, and detention centers.

The Office of Justice Programs, directed by Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katharine T. Sullivan, provides federal leadership, grants, training, technical assistance and other resources to improve the nation’s capacity to prevent and reduce crime, assist victims and enhance the rule of law by strengthening the criminal and juvenile justice systems.

More information about OJP and its components can be found here.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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