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Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham

Representing the 1st District of New Mexico

Rep. Lujan Grisham Introduces Legislation to Combat Crime

Aug 3, 2018
Press Release

Rep. Lujan Grisham Introduces Legislation to Combat Crime

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) introduced the Start Allocating Funds Efficiently to States Act or “SAFE States Act.”  The legislation would prioritize Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program funding to states with higher crime rates.  The Byrne JAG Program helps tribal, state, and local law enforcement agencies reduce and prevent violent and drug-related crimes. 

“The current structure of the Byrne JAG Program has shortchanged smaller states with high crime rates like New Mexico for far too long,” Rep. Lujan Grisham said.  “This legislation will ensure that our state receives its fair share of federal funding to not only train law enforcement and combat crime, but also make investments in drug treatment, mental health, education, and reentry programs.  New Mexico’s families and businesses can only thrive if we make targeted, evidence-based public safety investments in the areas that need it most.”

SAFE States Act

  •          The current formula that the Byrne JAG Program uses to distribute funding to states is based half on the state’s population and based half on the state’s violent crime rates. 
  •          The SAFE States Act modifies this formula so that 70% of the funding is determined by a state’s violent crime rate while 30% of the funding is contingent on a state’s population.
  •          This new formula would allocate more funding to states like New Mexico with high violent crime rates (In 2016, New Mexico had only 0.64% of the country’s population but 1.13% of violent crimes)
  •          In FY2016, New Mexico was allocated approximately $93 per violent crime, which is one of the lowest allocations in the country.

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