As you may know the John R. Justice Student Loan Repayment Program (JRJ) will provide 10 million dollars in loan repayment assistance to state and federal public defenders and state prosecutors who agree to remain employed as public defenders and prosecutors for at least three years. JRJ will be administered by Governor-designated state agencies that must register and apply July 27, 2010. Funds will be available to states based on the total population of each state with a minimum base allocation of $100,000. It is important that you work to ensure that your governor designates a state agency in advance of the deadline. For more information and application forms visit BJA's website.
Last week the Governor designated the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to administer the John R. Justice Program (a student loan repayment program) in Texas. Texas is eligible for a $700,000 grant to be split evenly between the Texas prosecutors and public defenders. Our office, specifically the Task Force on Indigent Defense, met with representatives from the Texas District & County Attorney Associations and the Coordinating Board to develop the criteria and plan for the administration of this loan forgiveness program. The application is due on July 27th.