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.
Once the FFY 2013 federal award is made (anticipated Fall 2013), additional information including a description of the application process and all pertinent materials will be posted at this website and also made available to and through the Committee for Public Counsel Services, the Federal Defenders Office, District Attorneys' offices, and the Attorney General's Office. Please check this website for updated information and/or consult with the aforementioned employers.