Justice Assistance Grant Funding in Jeopardy

The Justice Department requested documents from Denver on sanctuary city status, immigration enforcement

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Denver is one of 23 jurisdictions that stands to lose U.S. Department of Justice funding over its immigration enforcement policies. Denver receives Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant and Community Oriented Policing Services funding through the DOJ. JAG funds are received by Denver directly and the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice’s Department of Public Safety. A Denver spokesperson said JAG funding comprised about .o4 percent of the city’s $2.25 billion budget in 2016. As a guidepost for what exactly Colorado stands to lose, the state expects to be awarded $2,727,564 from JAG for 2017. Boulder has not been contacted by the DOJ, and the city did not apply for 2017 JAG funding because of its sanctuary city status. Here’s a breakdown of grant spending for Denver and Boulder law enforcement and safety programs.

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