The funding will support improved data sharing at state and local levels with the goal of helping to reduce crime.
The Justice Department announced a new series of grants surpassing $12 million that will facilitate data and information sharing between different law enforcement agencies.
DOJ offices including the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Bureau of Justice Statistics, National Institute of Justice and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention contributed to the slew of new funding.
All of the resources are slated to be allocated toward modernizing and expediting data collection and sharing between agencies.
“These investments will support data collection and data infrastructure development in states across the country, which is critical to understanding and improving the nation’s systems of justice,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Amy Solomon in a press release.
U.S. territories and jurisdictions are set to benefit from the updated information sharing systems. The DOJ press release cites several specific use cases, such as collecting administrative record data from nearby jails, improving the sharing and usage of crime-related statistics and other data-based evidence, and improving the accessibility of juvenile court case records.
Allocations for individual projects range from $4.5 million to $500,000.
The new injection of funding comes as the DOJ has taken toward allocating more resources to share data across international borders to prevent criminal activity. Earlier in December, the U.S. and Australia announced a new partnership to share transcontinental criminal data in a bid to reduce crime, an extension of the 2018 Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data (CLOUD) Act.