Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


Aug 14, 2014
Press Release

COLUMBUS, GA – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) is proud to announce that the Columbus Consolidated Government of Columbus, Georgia has received a FY14 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) award totaling $91,448 from the U.S. Department of Justice. The award will allow the Columbus Consolidated Government to hire personnel, perform drug screening and testing, and support substance abuse treatment programs. The goal of this project is to continue to provide substance abuse treatment and programming to juveniles and their families.

“The Muscogee County Juvenile Court and Adult Felony Drug Court are essential to getting drugs off the streets of Columbus and providing treatment to individuals and families struggling with addiction,” said Congressman Bishop. “I am grateful for this opportunity extended to the Columbus Consolidated Government to continue to provide participants of the Drug Court programs with access to the treatment and services they need to recover and lead successful lives.”

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) assists state and local governments in supporting a wide range of activities to prevent and control crime. Grant funds can be used for state and local initiatives, technical assistance, training, personnel, equipment, contractual support, and information systems for criminal justice.

A portion of the funds also will go to the Columbus Police Department to purchase license plate readers, software, and other law enforcement equipment.