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Publication Justice Variable Passthrough Data, 1997

Sidra L. Gifford, Stephen D. Owens

November 1, 2001    NCJ 190359

Presents the variable passthrough (VPT) data used to calculate the amounts States distribute to their local governments under the Edward Byrne Memorial State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance Programs authorized by the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988, as amended (Public Law 90-351). The Byrne program focuses on assisting State and local law enforcement with the control of violent and drug-related crime and serious offenders, in support of national drug control priorities. This report also describes the process by which the VPT data are derived.


  • Local governments spent more on justice functions than did State governments. In 1997 the national ratio of local to State spending was 59% to 41%.
  • Since 1990, the last year in which the VPT was calculated, the percent required for passthrough to the local governments has increased slightly, from 57% to 59%.

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