FFY 2016 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.
EOPSS intends to award a total of $37,742.00 of FY2016 JRJ funds. The total award will be allocated equally for the benefit of prosecutors and defenders. It is anticipated that ten beneficiaries will be selected: five defenders and five prosecutors. The anticipated total for each beneficiary will be up to $3,774.20. In accordance with federal requirements, EOPSS will award the funds to the employers of the beneficiaries for further disbursement to the holders of the beneficiaries’ loans. All Individuals, including prior beneficiaries, who meet the eligibility requirements (described in the documents below) may apply for the FY2016 funds. Applications will be due on Monday, May 22, 2017. All awards are contingent upon the release of FY2016 JRJ Grant Program funds to Massachusetts by the United States Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance.
Additional information regarding eligibility and the application process can be obtained in the documents below: