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Suffolk County Justice Assistance Grant to Assess Offenders; Train Staff; and Education on Gangs

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $103,027)

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 county of Suffolk, through the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, will utilize funding to support multiple criminal justice initiatives. The first program aims to provide training to county probation and correctional alternatives staff working with persons with mental health and co-occurring substance abuse disorders. Through the grant, funds will be used to hire consultants to prepare and deliver the training, as well as perform psychosocial assessments for offenders who are on probation, in mental health court, or in other alternatives to incarceration or jail programs. Training on evidence based models of practice for juveniles with co-occurring disorders will also be provided. In addition, funds will be directed towards supporting two annual conferences focusing on the latest trends in gang identification, management, prevention and intervention, and effective models for community agencies to adopt.


Date Created: August 20, 2008