Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $388,603)
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 city of Baltimore will use its Fiscal Year 2008 JAG award in the amount of $388,603 to continue supporting three previously JAG-funded programs designed to reduce crime and illegal drug use in the city's neighborhoods. The Circuit Court's Community Services Program works to ensure offender compliance with court sanctioned community service requirements. The Department of Housing and Community Development's Program files charges for drug nuisance and code enforcement violations, and the Police Department's Community Crime Prevention and Technical Innovation Project produces community awareness brochures and crime prevention videos. The decision by the city to use the 2008 JAG funds in this way reflects its commitment to ensuring the health, safety, and protection of the citizens of Baltimore.