The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute is giving out five times more funding this year than it did last year.
The federal government gave the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute $40 million this year -- up from $8 million in 2014.
Criminal justice Institute Spokesman Adam Baker says the institute plans to hand out that money in the form of grants to local organizations around the state.
“A grant like this, let alone an increase of such monumental proportion allows us to even better our relation with our service providers,” Baker says.
The money will go to a variety of services, such as those for domestic violence victims, children who have been removed from abusive homes or elderly people who have fallen victim to fraud.
ICJI officials will select the grant recipients later this year.