In September of 2013 the U.S. Department of Justice approved the Coordinating Board's application for a continuation grant to support the John R. Justice Student Loan Repayment Program (JRJ SLRP) for the fourth consecutive year since funding for the program was initially authorized. Federal law requires that the aggregate amount of a state‘s grant funds disbursed on behalf of prosecutors and public defenders be equal.
Program participants signed agreements in 2010 to remain employed as eligible prosecutors and public defenders for at least three years. The 2011 and 2012 grant conditions stipulated that priority be given to those attorneys, for second and third-year awards.
The amount of funding for JRJ grants to states has been reduced significantly each year since the initial year. The allocations for Texas grants have been: $701,233 for 2010, $293,061 for 2011, $112,112 for 2012, and $105,302 for the current year. The grant reductions, combined with the above requirements, necessitated reductions in annual loan repayment awards, as shown below.
• 2010 - Prosecutors: $2,500; Public Defenders: $5,000
• 2011 - Prosecutors: $1,210; Public Defenders: $2,526
• 2012 - Prosecutors: $596; Public Defenders: $1,304
• 2013 - to be determined (based on the # of applications received by the deadline)
Given these reductions in annual award amounts, 2012 beneficiaries have been invited to submit renewal applications and one-year Secondary Term of Service agreements, to qualify for loan repayment awards supported by the current grant.
Please visit this web page in the summer of 2014 for any updates on funding for the program next year. Federal program requirements may be viewed at: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA/grant/johnrjustice.html. For in-depth information regarding available options for financial assistance with student loans, visit http://equaljusticeworks.org/ed-debt/.
For more information, please email us or call the program staff at (512) 427-6492 or (512) 427-6357.
This project is supported by Grant No. 2013-RJ-BX-0006 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the SMART Office, and the Office for Victims of Crime. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not represent the official position or policies of the United States Department of Justice.