INNOVATING CRIMINAL JUSTICE – EMPOWERING VICTIMS

A Virgin Islands where criminal justice and victims’ service programs are just, accessible, and compassionate.

Ray Martinez, LEPC Director.

PURPOSE

The Law Enforcement Planning Commission (LEPC) is a Criminal Justice Planning Agency empowered to advise and assist the Governor in developing policies, plans, programs, and budgets for improving the coordination, and effective administration of the criminal justice system in the Virgin Islands. LEPC, in line with the Governor’s priorities, prepares plans; establishes priorities and standards for the reduction of crime and delinquency and for the overall improvement in the administration of justice. LEPC also recommends legislation, monitors, and evaluates programs and projects, applies for, receives, and expends appropriations from the V.I. Government and Federal Government relating to the criminal justice system. The LEPC functions as the State Administrative Agency to administer federal funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Victim Witness, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the National Criminal History and Improvement Program. The Director of LEPC who is appointed by the Governor of the US Virgin Islands ensures federal funding assist local government agencies, non-profit organizations, and faith-based organizations.

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