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8'- The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 9, 1994
Crime bill to distribute $200 million for more police

E The new crime bill
should provide
20,000 officers over
next 16 months
The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - Attorney
General Janet Reno yesterday an-
nounced that the Justice Department
plans to distribute $200 million for
about 2,600 police by Oct. 1, the first
week the crime bill goes into effect.
"This bill will fight crime on the
street and local level, notjust in Wash-
ington, not just by talk in Washing-
ton," Reno said in a speech at the
National Press Club - an effort to

show that the crime bill is more than
political rhetoric and that her depart-
ment is furiously planning for the
implementation of the six-year, $30
billion crime bill.
In addition to the funding sched-
ule, Reno also detailed a broad, but
specific blueprint outlining how the
program will be implemented for the
first two years. That includes:
Providing money for 40,000
police officers - 20,000 in the first
16 months. The bill, which President
Clinton is expected to sign next week,
calls for 100,000 more police over six
years. Justice Department officials
yesterday could not say where the
funding would go first.

® Allocating $1 billion for pris-
ons, bootcamps and prevention pro-
grams.
Funding 1,000 new federal bor-
der-patrol officers.
® Placing 300,000 youths in
crime-prevention programs.
* Forming an advisory commit-
tee within the department to address
violence against women. The crime
bill calls for various steps to deal with
domestic violence, including funding
for battered-women shelters.
In addition to specific goals, Reno
also made staffing changes that will
support her initiative. Associate At-
torney General John Schmidt, num-
ber three at Justice, will be respon-

sible for implementing the program.
"I want accountability at the high-
est levels of the department," Reno
said, noting she has interviewed po-
lice from around the country to over-
see the grant program for new police.
The new law will require about 150
new federal employees to administer
its various provisions.
"We have an historic opportunity,"
Reno said. "In Washington, we must
do it the right way."
Next week Reno and President
Clinton are scheduled to meet with all
93 U.S. attorneys to discuss the rami-
fications of the new federal criminal
provisions that are part of the law,
including the new death-penalty leg-

islation. By Monday Reno is sched-
uled to have held a series of forums on
crime-bill implementation in Denver,
Los Angeles and Springfield, Ill.
The crime bill authorizes $30 bil-
lion over six years to come out of a
new trust fund supported by savings
from mandated cuts in federal per-
sonnel.
Reno yesterday spoke of that
money as a reality and offered some
criticism of the naysayers who nearly
blocked the bill from passage, calling
them "armchair quarterbacks."
For those who described the bill as
"pork, soft on crime" Reno said they
"should listen to the people on the
frontline."

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Ms. Engler,
pregnant
with triplets,
told to rest
LANSING (AP) - First Lady
Michelle Engler, who is expected to
deliver triplets later this year, has
been ordered off the campaign trail
for the rest of her pregnancy.
"For all practical purposes, I'm in
for the duration," Mrs. Engler told the
Detroit Free Press in Thursday's edi-
tions. She has to get extra bed rest and
avoid stress.
"They don't want me to exercise,"
she said. "I don't even walk around
the block."
That means Mrs. Engler won't be
alongside her husband, John, as he
campaigns for his second term as gov-
ernor.
"It's not that I feel I could make a
huge difference this time, but I wish I
could be out there talking about the
good things my husband has done,"
she said. The Englers were married
following his election in 1990.
The election is Nov. 8, with Mrs.
Engler expected to give birth some-
time that month. She last appeared
publicly in August at the state Repub-
lican Convention.
Mrs. Engler, 36, has a history of
miscarriage. It is not unusual for doc-
tors to order bed rest in cases of mul-
tiple pregnancy, which are consid-
ered high risk, and after considering
the age and medical history ofapreg-
nant woman.
The children will be the first for
the couple.

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