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Posted on: July 20, 2018

State Files Lawsuit Against Federal Government to Protect Criminal Justice Grant Money

On Wednesday, the State announced that it had joined other states in bringing a lawsuit against the federal government seeking to undo a policy, which could cause the state and local governments to be excluded from receiving federal grant money from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Grant Program.
 
The lawsuit argues that the U.S. Department of Justice, which administers the grant, has impermissibly set conditions on receiving grant funds which go beyond those allowed within the legislation. The conditions set by the DOJ are said to target states with so-called “sanctuary city” policies and would require state and local law enforcement officials to provide access to jails and advance notice before certain prisoners are released, in order  to be eligible for the grant funds. States and municipalities that prohibit law enforcement from communicating with federal immigration agents would also be ineligible for grant money.
 
Similar lawsuits have been filed by other states and municipalities, and the results have been successful, allowing important federal grant money to continue to be distributed to local governments. The League will keep you updated on this case as it progresses.
 
Contact: Frank Marshall, Esq., League Staff Attorney, FMarshall@njlsom.org, 609-695-3481, ext. 137.

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