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Steve Muehler's Plan to Reform Grants within the Office of Justice Programs

Updated: Apr 23


The majority of the programs under the Office of Justice Programs ("OJP") umbrella deal with problems or functions that lie within the jurisdiction of State and Local governments and should therefore be handled by state and local officials. Grants from the OJP are given to State and Local Governments for many criminal justice purposes, including Local Police Officer salaries, State Corrections, Court Programs, and Juvenile Justice Programs.


To address criminal activity appropriately, the National Government should limit itself to handling tasks that State and Local Governments cannot perform by themselves. The tendency to search for a solution at the national level is misguided and problematic.


For example, juvenile delinquents and criminal gangs are a problem common to all states, but the crimes that they commit are almost entirely and inherently local in nature and regulated by State Criminal Law, Law Enforcement, and Courts. The fact that thefts by juveniles occur in all states does not mean that these thefts are a problem requiring action by the National Government.


State and Local Officials, not the Federal Government, are responsible for funding the State and Local Criminal Justice Programs. OJP subsidizes the routine, day-to-day functions of State and Local Criminal Justice programs.


When Congress subsidizes routine state and local criminal justice programs in this manner, it effectively reassigns to the Federal Government the powers and responsibilities that fall squarely within the expertise, historical control, and constitutional authority of State and Local Governments.


The responsibility to combat ordinary crime at the local level belongs wholly, if not exclusively, to State and Local Governments.


Under my Administration, we would Eliminate the State and Local Grants administered by the Office of Justice Programs (OJP). This will save approximately $11 BILLION USD over about eight years.

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