Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $1,111,269)
The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) allows states, tribes, and local governments to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on their own local needs and conditions. Grant funds can be used for state and local initiatives, technical assistance, training, personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, and information systems for criminal justice for any one or more of the following purpose areas: 1) law enforcement programs; 2) prosecution and court programs; 3) prevention and education programs; 4) corrections and community corrections programs; 5) drug treatment programs; 6) planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs; and 7) crime victim and witness programs (other than compensation).
The Office of the Governor of Kansas will use 2008 State Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) funds through its Kansas Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (KCJCC) to prioritize the purpose areas for grant funding within the state and determine pass-through grant awards to locals. The KCJCC strategies and approaches have been developed to prevent, as well as control, violent and drug-related crimes. The goals of the KCJCC are to continue the support of drug task forces and local law enforcement needs; continue efforts that address treatment efforts as an alternative to incarceration; enhance the prosecution and court efforts of the criminal justice system; assist the state and local corrections programs in working with offenders and crime victims; and to provide resources for prevention of crime. KCJCC members work closely with other federal agencies and initiatives to combat violent crime and drug-interdiction efforts including the U.S. Attorney's Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Corrections Association, Federal Drug Enforcement Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on a regular basis. With the assistance and collaboration of these agencies, the JAG program will provide funding to assist community-based or faith-based programs and state correctional treatment services with a continuum of treatment options including detoxification, rehabilitation, continuing care, aftercare, and relapse prevention. Grant funds will assist local prosecution and court efforts by enhancing the number of prosecutors and/or court services officers as well as assist with oversight of non-violent offenders in providing opportunities to monitor the offender in the community. JAG funding will also provide an opportunity to develop training for businesses and communities regarding illegal drugs.