Burns: $586,381 in state grants awarded to local justice programs

Funding to help probation, parole and education programs

HARRISBURG, June 8 – With community safety being one of the top issues he has heard about from local residents, state Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, today announced more than $586,381 in state grants has been awarded to support local justice programs in Cambria County.

“As the founder of the Blue Lives Matters Caucus in Harrisburg, I’ve always been a strong proponent for funding our local police departments, while also making sure our entire criminal justice system has the resources it needs to keep local citizens safe,” Burns said. “I’ve heard concerns about public safety from many local families, and I’m committed to making our streets – and schools – safe."

The grants awarded statewide by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency included:

  • Cambria County, $193,450 to support intermediate punishment programs designed to divert people from jail and provide treatment for substance or mental health disorders.
  • Cambria/Somerset Victim Services Inc., $302,931 to help fund project Safe and Smart in schools.
  • Cambria County commissioners, $90,000 to help fund the continuation of the county’s Intermediate Punishment Treatment Program.