Justice Department Awards Nearly $38M to West Virginia

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The Department of Justice has announced awards of nearly $38 million to West Virginia to fight crime and improve community safety.

A statement from the agency on Friday says almost $8 million of the award will be dedicated to supporting families and crime victims affected by the opioid crisis.

Funding also will go to a program that serves children exposed to violence, a program that steers low-level drug offenders away from prosecution and programs that provide mental health services.

The remainder of the grant money will support a range of initiatives including school safety, services for domestic violence victims and youth mentoring.