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Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994
Lisa A. Williams
The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act was first referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary on October 26, 1993, and was eventually signed by President Clinton on September 13, 1994. It became the largest crime-fighting bill passed by Congress, with provisions for spending almost $30.2 billion from 1995 through 2000. The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 (Crime Control Bill) (P.L. 103322) amended the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, the first federal program deliberately designed as a block grant to assist state and local law enforcement agencies in crime reduction. The Crime Control Bill was a comprehensive bill that affected a variety of crime-fighting legislation. There was grant funding to be dispersed across governments and agencies, in addition to many substantive provisions. It provided more than $30 billion to state, local, and Indian tribal governments, both public and private agencies, ...