Congress enacted the John R. Justice Prosecutors and Defenders Incentive Act (hereinafter referred to as the “Act”) codified at 42 U.S.C. §3797cc-21 and named for the late John Reid Justice of South Carolina, to encourage qualified attorneys to choose careers as prosecutors and public defenders and to continue in that service. The John R. Justice (JRJ) Grant Program provides loan repayment assistance for local, state, and federal public defenders and local and state prosecutors who commit to continued employment as public defenders and prosecutors for at least three years. The Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) is Governor Patrick’s designated agency responsible for administration of the JRJ Grant Program.
On April 14, 2014, EOPSS submitted its application to the U.S. Department of Justice for FFY 2014 JRJ funds. The exact amount of FFY 2014 funding that will be available to the Commonwealth is unknown at this time.
It is EOPSS's intent to award both FFY 2013 and 2014 federal funds via a single application process to take place sometime in the fall of 2014. Information on eligibility and the application process as well as all forms required for the application for FFY 2013 and 2014 JRJ funding for loan repayment will be posted on this website and also available through the Committee for Public Counsel Services, the Federal Defender's Office, District Attorneys' offices, and the Attorney General's Office. Please continue to check this website for updated information and/or consult with the aforementioned employers.