Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $1,492,396)
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 Oklahoma District Attorneys Council will utilize its Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) funding for the following seven priorities: 1) reduce the importation, manufacturing, distribution, and possession of illegal drugs and controlled substances throughout the state; 2) reduce the trafficking of illegal drugs and controlled substances in and through the state; 3) reduce violence related to gangs through prevention, enforcement, and prosecution; 4) assist local law enforcement through the procurement of equipment; 5) encourage innovative law enforcement, prosecution, and prevention projects that address controlling drugs and violent crime, and improve the functioning of the criminal justice system; 6) improve the integration of criminal history records between criminal justice agencies; and 7) reduce prison recidivism by providing effective drug and alcohol treatment for incarcerated juvenile and/or adult offenders. The District Attorneys Council will fund the following projects with the FY 2008 JAG award: disrupting the local drug market through multijurisdictional drug task forces; integrating criminal justice systems in the state; alternative sentencing programs to address prison overcrowding and treatment needs of adult and juvenile drug and alcohol offenders; supporting local law enforcement; responding to gang related crimes; and enhancing forensic labs to assist the criminal justice system in responding to drug and violent crimes. Administrative funds will be used by the District Attorneys Council for salaries, travel, supplies, and other items necessary for grant administration of the JAG funds.