Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $185,548)
Goal and Objective: To effectively recruit and retain qualified prosecutors and public defenders. Student loan debt is a major reason why attorneys decline, leave positions as public defenders, or become prosecutors for more lucrative public sector jobs. Florida’s John R. Justice (JRJ) loan repayment program will target those attorneys with the least ability to pay their student loans in all agencies with qualifying attorneys.
The state of Florida has formed a working group of all qualified entities: State Attorney Offices, Office of the Attorney General, Office of Statewide Prosecution, Public Defender Offices, Public Defender Appellate Offices, Regional Conflict Council Offices, Capital Collateral Regional Council Offices, and Federal Public Defender Offices. Each of these entities will be directly involved in the outreach to all eligible applicants.
An allocation to each qualified entity will be based primarily on applicant’s ability to pay. Florida’s funding formula also maintains distribution based on geographic and demographic representation.
The Department of Education will minimize administrative costs while maximizing awards.
The Department of Education will collect data to measure the performance of the program.