BOSTON, May 8, 2015— Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley this week delivered thousands of dollars in seized drug money to fund a Roslindale youth haven.
As part of his annual Asset Forfeiture Community Reinvestment Program, Conley visited Casserly House on Thursday to hand-deliver a check for $2,500 to help the Roslindale non-profit’s afterschool and summer camp programs. The grant is one of 18 that Conley will provide this year to non-profit youth service agencies to fund programs that help Suffolk County kids and teens stay away from drugs, gangs, and dangerous behavior.
Casserly House provides Boston youth with a safe and nurturing environment to complete homework afterschool. The funds provided by Conley’s office will be used in part to update the program’s materials and computer supplies to ensure that the youth they serve can succeed in their assignments.
Groups across Boston, Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop will split tens of thousands of dollars in cash awards this year at no cost to taxpayers: every cent comes from assets seized during the investigation and prosecution of drug distribution cases. State auditors last year reviewed the process in Suffolk County and gave it high marks for turning “the profits of crime into something positive for the community” while carefully documenting all forfeiture-related income and expenditures.
The annual grant process begins in the summer, with application forms available on the Suffolk DA’s website: http://www.suffolkdistrictattorney.com/partnerships-and-prevention/asset-forfeiture-reinvestment-program/.