Press Release, October 24, 2011

  • The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded $12,297 to the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office

             The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded $12,297 to the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office to reimburse some of the costs of incarcerating undocumented criminal aliens who have committed serious crimes in the United States.  The goal of this States Criminal Alien Assistance Program is to enhance public safety in communities throughout the nation.

         This opportunity originates from federally mandated programs that the County is providing at a cost to local taxpayers.  As many local entities are aware, the Federal Government drives local political entities to assume more responsibility for the administration and delivery of government services.  However, in some cases there are federal funding opportunities available, if the proper request is made.  Identifying federal funding stream opportunities and then properly applying for them are not simple or easy tasks.  The interaction between federal, state, and local political entities is complex, and often unwieldy for most local political entities.

         The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office was one of only 929 (out of 3,140) eligible local entities across the U.S. that successfully applied for these dollars.  In the past two years prior to this award, the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office had received over $25,000 in reimbursements.