Applications open for State Criminal Alien Assistance Program funds

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Applications open for State Criminal Alien Assistance Program funds

States and counties seeking funds to augment their budgets for increased costs associated with incarcerating undocumented criminal aliens can now apply for Fiscal Year 2017 State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) funds.

The U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance announced the application period for FY2017 SCAAP opened February 15, 2018. According to the BJA website applications must be submitted by 6pm ET on Friday March 16, 2018.

From the BJA website:

“BJA administers the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) in conjunction with the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security (DHS). SCAAP provides federal payments to states and localities that incurred correctional officer salary costs for incarcerating undocumented criminal aliens with at least one felony or two misdemeanor convictions for violations of state or local law, and incarcerated for at least 4 consecutive days during the reporting period.”

SCAAP funds must be used for correctional purposes ONLY:

“The Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 (Pub. L. 109-162, Title XI) included the following requirement regarding the use of SCAAP funds: “Amounts appropriated pursuant to the authorization of appropriations in paragraph (5) that are distributed to a State or political subdivision of a State, including a municipality, may be used only for correctional purposes.” Beginning with FY 2007 SCAAP awards, SCAAP funds must be used for correctional purposes only.”

A list of acceptable uses of SCAAP funds is published on the BJA website. Among the approved uses for funds are salaries for corrections officers, overtime costs, and training/ education for offenders.

According to a list published on the BJA website 39 Florida counties, sheriff offices, cities and the State of Florida were awarded a total of $11.3 million in FY2016 SCAAP funds. Miami-Dade County was the largest award recipient receiving $964,000.  The State of Florida was the recipient of an $8 million-dollar award.

108 Texas departments, cities, and counties were awarded in excess of $13.7 million in SCAAP funds for FY 2016. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice received $9 million, Harris County was awarded $891,000.

Fort Bend County was awarded $270,000.

*SCAAP is governed by Section 241(i) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. 1231(i), as amended, and Title II, Subtitle C, Section 20301, Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, Public Law 103-322

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