DOJ to Spend $57 Million on ‘Equity’ Efforts

The program will recognize “the dignity and humanity of everyone.”

QUICK FACTS:
  • The Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced it will spend almost $60 million on justice system reforms and “racial equity.”
  • An associate for the department said Thursday that the proposition will require a “collective commitment” from employees on all levels.
  • According to the department’s statement, the funding will help the department’s mission to increase justice and correctional systems fairness and modernize criminal justice practices.
  • The press release stated that the Department of Justice “is working to advance equity and effectiveness in the justice system.”
  • The department also included a summary of awards that support justice system reforms and advance racial equity, including breaking down where large chunks of the $57 million would go.
FROM THE DOJ ATTORNEY:
  • “Equal justice is not a self-executing proposition — it takes work to make it real — and it will take a collective commitment from all of us at the federal, state and local levels to bring that ideal to life,” said Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta.
  • “These investments make good on a pledge by the Justice Department to promote public safety and realize the promise of a just society that recognizes the dignity and humanity of everyone,” the attorney went on.
BACKGROUND:
  • Questions about how the DOJ allocates its funds have arisen in the wake of the raid on former President Donald Trump’s Florida home, as well as after news of the department’s part in censoring free speech on social media.
  • American Faith previously reported that the DOJ colluded with big tech to censor free speech, including social media suppression of first-person stories.
  • The attorneys general for Missouri and Louisiana have asked the court to compel the Department of Justice to produce communications between officials and social media platforms.
  • The case was filed months ago and alleges that administration officials colluded with social media companies to censor the speech of individuals on COVID-19, among other topics.