Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $111,835)
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).
In June 2009, the Governor of Oregon officially changed the agency that serves as the State Administering Agency for all Bureau of Justice Assistance grants to the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission (CJC). This award constitutes the remaining balance, including interest earned, of the original FY 2008 supplemental JAG grant award. The CJC, in collaboration with the Oregon Governor's Office, will utilize its Fiscal Year 2008 Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) award in the following priority areas: 1) support local law enforcement agencies and multi-jurisdictional task forces aimed at disrupting the manufacturing, distribution, and use of illicit drugs; 2) reduce recidivism and avert involvement of juveniles in the juvenile justice system by providing services such as substance abuse treatment, mental health counseling, case management, life skills education, coping skills education, home visitation, and/or family counseling in communication, parenting, and conflict resolution; 3) reduce juvenile involvement in gangs through gang diversion programs and gang interdiction training; 4) directly address the effects of trauma caused by exposure to violent crime with the goal of healing and recovery by providing trauma-specific treatment and support services for victims of violent crime and training to community service providers and criminal justice personnel (police, prosecutors, courts, defense attorneys, prison and jail personnel) on co-occurring disorders and delivering trauma-informed services; 5) reduce the risk of recidivism due to substance abuse among adult offenders who are in the process of transitioning from jails and prisons to life in the community through services that may include those related to physical health, mental health, disability, parenting skills, family relationship issues, communication skills, cultural/ethnic background, employment counseling/career development employment, housing, and GED attainment; and 6) reduce recidivism, drug use dependency, and the number of filings for Termination of Parental Rights amongst those enrollees that are receiving services. Programs aimed at reducing recidivism and drug use dependency will focus on providing effective and sustained addiction treatment; access to a comprehensive range of interrelated support services that can promote recovery, health, and safety for substance-abusing women and their children; and individualized and intensive guidance and supervision for methamphetamine-using parenting and pregnant women and their affected children who are under the jurisdiction of a drug court and/or a dependency court. The CJC will use JAG administrative funds for personnel costs; travel expenses to provide technical assistance and conduct on-site monitoring visits; printing and mailing costs; and office supplies.