Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $6,111,652)
The Arizona Criminal Justice Commission (ACJC) is a statutorily authorized entity mandated to carry out various coordinating, monitoring, and reporting functions regarding the administration and management of criminal justice programs in Arizona. The Commission, as the state-administering agency for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program and several other Bureau of Justice Assistance grant programs, distributes funds via competitive grants to state, tribal, county, and local government agencies to support the Drug, Gang, and Violent Crime Control (DGVCC) program. The 2020-2025 Drug, Gang, and Violent Crime Control State Strategy is the Commission's primary decision-making tool for allocating funds and guiding project activity for the DGVCC program. Through the State Crisis Intervention Program grant, the DGVCC program aims to significantly reduce gun violence and crime in the state through strategic funding of relevant initiatives and programs. The overarching goals of the project will be as follows: Mitigate Gun Violence in Arizona: This entails reducing the risk populations for both instigating and becoming victims of gun violence, enhancing the availability and accessibility of crisis intervention services to high-risk individuals, increasing public awareness of gun violence prevention and decreasing the number of illegal firearm holders. Preserve Lives by Diminishing the Prevalence of Gun-Related Fatalities: The program seeks to reduce the occurrences of gun-related homicides and suicides. Decrease the Frequency of Gun-Related Injuries: Efforts will be focused on reducing intentional and accidental injuries caused by firearms. The State Crisis Intervention Program recognizes the critical importance of comprehensive, innovative, and multi-disciplinary approaches to tackling the complex issue of gun violence. With the assistance of the State Crisis Advisory Board, the DGVCC program will seek applications for pass-through funding assistance to support strategic interventions and initiatives in three priority sectors: Specialized Court-Based Programs, Behavioral Health, and Law Enforcement-Based Programs. Furthermore, the DGVCC program will engage ACJC’s in-house Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) to serve as a research partner for the required cooperation component for the proposed project. SAC will analyze available data, evaluate program effectiveness, and use performance measurement indicators to measure program outcomes.