Ohio criminal justice agencies getting help during COVID-19 pandemic from state grant program

Posted at 8:45 AM, Jun 24, 2020

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Some local criminal justice agencies are getting help during the COVID-19 pandemic. On Tuesday, Governor DeWine announced the first round of funding for the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Grant.

DeWine said $2.1 million will be split between 65 Ohio criminal justice agencies including law enforcement, probation/parole offices, corrections agencies, courts, and victim service providers, several of which are in northeast Ohio.

The money can be used towards COVID-19 expenses like cleaning supplies, PPE, and medical supplies. It will also be used towards technology upgrades that officials need for remote work or other virtual services.

In Cuyahoga County, the Fairview Park and Middleburg Heights police departments both received funding as well as the city of East Cleveland. The Lorain/Medina Community-based Correctional Facility and the Brunswick Division of Police were also awarded money in the first round.

$16 million was given to Ohio's Office of Criminal Justice Services for the grant program as part of the federal CARES Act.

OCJS is still processing other grant applications they’ve already received and is also accepting new applications. More recipients of the first round of grants can be found on the OCJS website.

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