Rothfus’ Statement on DOJ’s Grant Announcement for Beaver County
WASHINGTON – Representative Keith Rothfus (PA-12) issued the following statement after the Department of Justice announced that Beaver County will receive a $750,000 grant through its Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program. Part of this grant money will be used to address substance abuse and mental illness of offenders in the criminal justice system, helping to reduce recidivism. The Congressman issued a letter in support of this application.
“Some people who run afoul of the law also suffer from mental health disorders and substance abuse disorders,” said Congressman Rothfus. “Part of this grant money will help address offenders dealing with these issues, and hopefully lower their chances of reoffending. Recidivism is a significant problem for our society. Reducing it will enhance public safety for everyone. I am glad to have supported Beaver County’s grant application.”
Representative Rothfus is a cosponsor of the bipartisan FIRST STEP Act, H.R. 5682, which passed the House last May. Portions of this bill aim to reduce recidivism through targeted reforms to the federal prison system, including inmate treatment for opioid abuse.