Office of Justice Programs Awards Over $74 Million to Nine States to Address Covid-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON –The Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs announced that it has awarded more than $74 million to nine states to address the public safety challenges posed by the outbreak of COVID-19.

Awards are being made to: the Alaska Department of Public Safety, $3,585,351; the Colorado Department of Public Safety, $9,184,619; the Idaho State Police, $3,912,375; the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, $11,090,030; the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, $6,827,620; the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement, $9,688,333; the Missouri Department of Public Safety, $11,631,106; the Nevada Department of Public Safety, $7,385,200; and the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, $10,832,775.… Read full story

Auditor Faber Announces Auditor of State Award Recipients

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Columbus – Auditor of State Keith Faber is pleased to announce that the following entities received the Auditor of State Award for their clean audit reports.

·        Brunswick City School District (Medina County)

·        Clermont Northeastern Local School District (Clermont County)

·        Lincolnview Local School District (Van Wert County)

·        Pinnacle Academy (Cuyahoga County)

·        Academy for Urban Scholars (Franklin County)

·        Arts and College Preparatory Academy (Franklin County)

·        Cuyahoga Falls City School District (Summit County)

·        Hope Academy Northcoast Campus (Cuyahoga County)

·        Autism Academy of Learning (Lucas County)

·        Columbus Preparatory and Fitness Academy (Franklin County)

·        East Muskingum Local School District (Muskingum County)

·        Minford Local School District (Scioto County)

·        Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (Cuyahoga County)

·        Richmond Heights Local School District (Cuyahoga County)

·        Riverside Local School District (Lake County)

·        Stark County Educational Service Center (Stark County)

·        Grand Valley Local School District (Ashtabula County)

·        Tecumseh Local School District (Clark County)

·        The Richland School of Academic Arts (Richland County)

·        Vanguard Sentinel Career and Technology Centers (Sandusky County)

·        Warren County Educational Service Center (Warren County)

·        West Branch Local School District (Mahoning County)

·        Blanchester Local School District (Clinton County)

·        Eagle Learning Center, Inc.

Read full story

Brown Joins Colleagues in Push to Strengthen Food Assistance During Covid-19 Crisis

Senator is Urging Senate Leadership to Address Needs of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in Next Coronavirus Relief Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined his colleagues this week in urging Senate leadership to support and strengthen the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).… Read full story

AG Yost Announces Quantitative Analysis of Marijuana at BCI

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost today announced that the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) has implemented the quantitative analysis of marijuana in drug evidence seized by law enforcement.

“BCI’s new ability to differentiate between marijuana and hemp creates a valuable resource for officers who depend on our laboratory services, offered at no cost to them,” Yost said.

Read full story

U.S. Imprisonment Rate at its Lowest Since 1996

WASHINGTON—In 2018, the combined state and federal imprisonment rate was 431 sentenced prisoners per 100,000 U.S. residents, which was the lowest rate since 1996, when there were 427 sentenced prisoners per 100,000 residents, the Bureau of Justice Statistics announced today.

Across a decade, the imprisonment rate fell 15%, from 506 sentenced prisoners per 100,000 U.S.… Read full story