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BJA FY 23 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program - Local Solicitation

Award Information

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Funding Category
Awardee County
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $72,978)

This project proposes to improve safety and security in the detention center by providing a robust control system and gas masks for the SWAT team, as well as allocating a portion of funds towards clinical services for inmates with mental health and substance abuse issues.

The control system will allow for the monitoring of all areas of the detention center, as well as the control of access to sensitive areas. It will also include features that allow for the timely response to emergencies.

The gas masks will protect the SWAT team members from the effects of tear gas and other chemicals that may be used by detainees.

The clinical services will provide inmates with access to mental health and substance abuse treatment. This is important because research has shown that inmates with mental health and substance abuse issues are more likely to engage in violence and self-harm. By providing these services, we can help to improve the safety of the detention center and reduce the risk of incidents. The portion of funds allocated towards clinical services will be approximately $8,653.00, with a total project cost of $72,978.00.

This funding will be used by offering supplemental mental health services within the detention center, working in collaboration with the SC Department of Mental Health. 

The benefits of this project include:
● Improved safety for both detainees and staff
● Reduced risk of incidents
● Increased efficiency of the detention center
● Enhanced ability to respond to emergencies
● Improved mental health and substance abuse outcomes for inmates
● Reduced recidivism rates

This project is a valuable investment in the safety and security of the detention center. It is also a cost-effective way to improve the health and well-being of inmates, which will ultimately help to reduce the strain on the budget and restrictions of the detention center and county.

In addition to the benefits mentioned above, allocating funds towards clinical services can also help to:
● Improve the quality of life for inmates
● Reduce the spread of disease
● Increase the likelihood of successful reintegration into society

This project is a win-win for everyone involved. It will make the detention center safer for everyone and improve the health and well-being of inmates.

Date Created: September 25, 2023