U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham Urges Judiciary Committee To Hold Hearing On Crime Bill

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
WASHINGTON, D.C. Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham sent a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member on the Judiciary Committee requesting a hearing on the Start Allocating Funds Efficiently to States (SAFE States) Act (H.R. 6656), which would prioritize Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program funding to states that have higher violent crime rates like New Mexico.
“This bill would ensure that states with high violent crime rates receive their 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,” Rep. Lujan Grisham said in the letter. “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 rate.
  • 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.
Find the full letter here.