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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Contact:
Gail Gosney, Prosecuting Attorney's Office, 360-786-5540 x6252

Federal Grant May Pay for Court Improvements


OLYMPIA - Thurston County officials are applying for a federal grant that could provide some assistance in the courts and the Office of Assigned Counsel. The County receives an allocation of Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance grants each year from U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance. The allocation is based on the rate of violent crime in the county compared to the rate of violent crime in Washington State.

In the past four years, Thurston County has used the Byrne (JAG) grants to improve technology for Superior and District courts, the Prosecuting Attorney's Office and Office of Assigned Counsel and for updating the video-conferencing capacity in the jail.

The Byrne (JAG) grant allocation for 2011 is $36,795. Thurston County proposes to use these funds to purchase hardware to complete transition to electronic court records in Superior and District courts as well as purchase an upgrade to case management software for the Office of Assigned Counsel.

The Byrne grant application is due to the U.S. Department of Justice by July 21, 2011. Comments or questions regarding the grant can be directed to Gail Gosney, Resource Development Specialist, Prosecuting Attorney's Office, 360-786-5540 x6252/ gosneyg@co.thurston.wa.us



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County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3