The Department of Justice bill would provide nearly $2.5 billion in funding to support local law enforcement programs. This is $440 million more than the President’s 2018 budget and $140 million more than 2017 appropriations. The bill increases certain local law enforcement programs, including funding for body worn cameras, the Second Chance Act, violence against women activities, drug and veterans’ courts, and mentally ill offenders. It also consolidates the COPS hiring grant program and Byrne JAG program under a single funding stream. However, the House bill cuts vital funding for addiction and recovery programs used to fight the opioid epidemic even more drastically than the cuts proposed by the White House.

The following chart compares funding for key municipal programs in the current (FY ’17) Budget along with funding requests in the President’s proposal, as well as funding authorized in the bills approved by the House Appropriations Committee:

Program FY’17 Budget President’s Proposal FY’18 House Bill
Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program $319 million $239 million Consolidates with COPS and increases to a total $500 million
COPS Hiring Grants $122 million $134 million Consolidates with Byrne JAC and increases to a total $500 million
Body Worn Cameras $21 million $21 million $22.5 million
Second Chance Act (SCA) $59 million $43 million $68 million
Violence Against Women Prevention and Prosecution $481.5 million $480 million $528.5 million
Drug Courts $39 million $37 million $43 million
Mentally Ill Offender Act $9 million $9 million $12 million
Veteran Treatment Courts $5 million $5 million $7 million
Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act Activities $19 million $18 million $15 million


  • Michael Cerra, Assistant Executive Director, mcerra@njslom.org, 609-695-3481 x120;
  • Jon Moran, Senior Legislative Analyst, jmoran@njslom.org 609-695-3481 x121;