FFY 2015 John R. Justice Loan Student Loan Repayment Program
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 Baker’s designated agency responsible for administration of the JRJ Grant Program.
Only beneficiaries of FFY 2013 and FFY 2014 JRJ awards who are not also beneficiaries of funds from years prior to FFY 2013 are eligible to apply. This is in keeping with the federal statutory requirement that priority consideration be given to previous beneficiaries during the second or third years of the three-year service agreement depending on the availability of federal funds. Renewal is not automatic and nothing shall obligate the Commonwealth to renew a beneficiary in the same or greater amount previously received by a beneficiary. EOPSS intends to award $32,200 in total FFY 2015 JRJ funds which will be allocated equally to returning prosecutors and defenders who meet the renewal requirements. Based on the anticipated number of eligible applicants the individual awards are likely to be $4,600 (subject to change if the final number of beneficiaries varies from the anticipated number). EOPSS will award the funds to the agency employers of the beneficiaries for further disbursement to the holders of beneficiaries’ loans.
Additional information regarding eligibility and the application process can be obtained in the documents below: