WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced Sept. 25 that federal funding for an Integrated Justice Center for the Laguna Pueblo has been released by the U.S. Department of Justice.
The pueblo has been awarded $254,889 in DoJ Edward Byrne Memorial Discretionary Grants funding to plan and design an integrated adult and juvenile detention center that will include police headquarters and a judicial complex.
“There is an ongoing need for law enforcement facility upgrades in Indian country, and this grant will help Laguna Pueblo gain a modern public safety and court complex that will improve service for the people and those in the criminal justice system,” Domenici said.
The DoJ grant is expected to support engineering, planning and design of the complex, which would also include spaces for detention, administration, judicial and rehabilitation activities.
The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program gives local governments funds to be used at their best discretion. The money can go towards the purchase of new equipment, training of personnel, contractual support, or other local initiatives.
Domenici noted that the funding for this grant for the Laguna Pueblo was included in the fiscal year 2008 omnibus appropriations bill that was enacted last December. He serves on the Senate appropriations subcommittee that sets funding for DoJ and its Byrne grant program.