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FFY23 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $7,501,278)

The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority proposes to implement the JAG Strategic Plan 2019-2024 existing funding goals and JAG Strategic Plan 2024 – 2029 future funding goals as developed through stakeholder engagement and input. The purpose of the current funding goals is to Goal 1: Reduce violent crime in Illinois communities, particularly domestic and firearm-related crime, Goal 2: Remove the lack of transportation as a barrier to justice-involved clients meeting their pre-trial, probation, and parole requirements or attending other needed programming, Goal 3: Reduce substance misuse and availability in Illinois communities, Goal 4: Move the state toward National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS) compliance and more reliable and useful crime data, and Goal 5: Support the Illinois Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) to assist the state in criminal justice planning, data analysis, evaluation, and identification of evidence-based or informed practices. Project activities include supporting evidence-informed violent crime reduction initiatives, established evidence-informed programs for clients who are unable to connect to services due to the lack of reliable transportation, establishing programs proven to decrease substance misuse and availability in Illinois communities, supporting the state’s effort to implementation NIBRS statewide, and support the state’s Statistical Analysis Center (SAC). Expected outcomes include to target underlying drivers of violence, connect client to services with reliable transportation, decrease substance misuse and availability of illegal substances, to move the state towards NIBRS compliance, and to provide objective analysis of criminal justice data for informing statewide policy and practice. The residents of Illinois, statewide, are the intended beneficiaries of the project. Subrecipient activities include re-entry programs for those individuals at high risk of gun violence, a domestic violence offender diversion program, elementary school dating violence program, research to reduce gun violence in high-risk gun related crime area, alternative transportation options for justice-involved individuals, high-level narcotics enforcement, prosecution, and diversion program, implementation of NIBRS for statewide compliance, and research to assist practitioners and policy makers in bridging the gap between traditional academic research and practice.

Date Created: September 22, 2023