By Mary Ann Barton
Andre Bethea, policy advisor for Corrections and Reentry, Justice Department, has a message for counties: “I can’t make awards if you don’t apply—creativity is on you,” he told members of NACo’s Justice and Public Safety Policy Steering Committee Saturday morning at the kick-off to the association’s annual Legislative Conference.
“Identify a need in your community,” he said. “There is a great deal of flexibility.”
Bethea, a former 911 operator in New York early in his career, amazed members with his ability to recall grant activity in each state and discussed with members which states and counties were actively seeking and getting grants, and which were not.