Petrarca announces $365,000 in grants to support victims of crime, criminal justice efforts

HARRISBURG, Sept. 12 – Approximately $365,000 in state grants have been awarded by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to entities in Armstrong, Indiana and Westmoreland counties to help victims of crime and support one county’s drug court, state Rep. Joseph Petrarca announced today.

The following victim service providers received Victims of Crime Act funding from PCCD at its recent quarterly commission meeting:

  • Armstrong County: Helping All Victims in Need - $25,000.

  • Indiana County: Alice Paul House - $25,042.

  • Indiana County: The Care Center of Indiana County - $24,815.

  • Westmoreland County: Blackburn Center - $239,571.

In addition, Westmoreland County received $50,712 in federal funds from PCCD to support its drug court.

Drug courts –one of several problem-solving courts in Pennsylvania – work via a partnership with prosecutors, public defenders and other criminal justice system personnel with offenders who have successfully completed drug treatment programs and abstained from the behaviors that had originally led them into the criminal justice system.

“As a commission member, I fully support these investments in our communities to help our local victim service organizations provide services to help victims heal in the aftermath of crime,” Petrarca said. “I’m also pleased to support evidence-based criminal justice efforts – like drug courts – which have been proven to reduce recidivism, while also providing offenders with long-term quality recovery they need to successfully reintegrate into society.”

PCCD provides planning, coordination and technical assistance to the state’s criminal justice system and serves as a clearinghouse for state and federal grants to support criminal and juvenile justice efforts, including victims of crime.