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NCJ Number: 51182 Find in a Library
Title: FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT ASSISTANCE - ALTERNATIVE APPROACHES
Author(s): E A ARMBRUST
Corporate Author: US Congress
Congressional Budget Office
United States of America
Editor(s): N P STEWART
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 47
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Superintendent of Documents, GPO
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US Congress
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Sale Source: Superintendent of Documents, GPO
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Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE CURRENT FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT ASSISTANCE (LEAA) PROGRAM IS DESCRIBED AND PROGRAM RESULTS ARE ASSESSED FOR THREE AREAS OF CONCENTRATION. FIVE BUDGETARY OPTIONS FOR LEAA ARE SUGGESTED AS ALTERNATE PROGRAM APPROACHES.
Abstract: LEAA FUNDS ARE ADMINISTERED THROUGH AN INTERGOVERNMENTAL SYSTEM AT THE FEDERAL, STATE, AND REGIONAL LEVEL. THE BULK OF LEAA FUNDS ARE APPROPRIATED FOR FORMULA GRANTS (61.4 PERCENT OF APPROPRIATIONS IN 1978), AND THE PRACTICAL EFFECT OF THIS GRANT SYSTEM IS SUPPORT OF A LARGE NUMBER OF DIVERSE PROJECTS. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE PROVIDED BY LEAA IS BASED ON THE ASSUMPTION THAT INFUSION OF MONEY INTO STATE AND LOCAL AGENCIES CAN REDUCE CRIME AND IMPROVE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEMS. CRITICS ARGUE THAT CRIME IS INFLUENCED BY SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC FACTORS THAT LIE OUTSIDE THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. LEAA PROGRAM RESULTS ARE ASSESSED IN THREE MAJOR AREAS: CRIME REDUCTION, IMPROVEMENTS IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, AND ADVANCEMENT OF KNOWLEDGE THROUGH RESEARCH AND EVALUATION. IT IS DIFFICULT TO ASSESS RESULTS, BUT THERE IS GENERAL BELIEF AMONG FUND RECIPIENTS THAT LEAA HAS BEEN OF LIMITED EFFECTIVENESS IN COMBATING CRIME. ABOUT 59 PERCENT OF THE PROJECTS WERE INNOVATIVE IF THE CRITERIA INCLUDES GENERALLY ACCEPTED UNDERTAKINGS, BUT ASSESSMENT OF THE ADVANCEMENT OF KNOWLEDGE HAS BEEN NEGATIVE - THERE HAS BEEN LITTLE ACCOMPLISHED AND RESULTS HAVE BEEN OF LOW QUALITY AND LIMITED USEFULNESS. FIVE BUDGETARY OPTIONS ARE PROPOSED INCLUDING CONTINUATION OF THE FUNDING AT ITS CURRENT LEVEL, COMPLETE ELIMINATION OF THE PROGRAM, ELIMINATION OF LEAA BUT CONTINUED FUNDING OF STATE AND LOCAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROJECTS OR ALLOCATIONS FOR GENERAL REVENUE SHARING, AND LIMITATION OF LEAA SUPPORT OF THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM TO RESEARCH, STATISTICS, AND EVALUATION. THE APPENDIX CONTAINS HISTORICAL DATA ON LEAA FUNDING. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED--DAG)
Index Term(s): Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA); Program budgeting; Program evaluation; Program financing
Note: BUDGET ISSUE PAPER FOR FISCAL YEAR 1979
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