Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $250,263)
The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) allows states and units of local governments, including tribes, to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on their own state and 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, including 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 and enforcement programs; 6) planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs; and 7) crime victim and witness programs (other than compensation).
Riverside County will use JAG funds to support programs within the Riverside County Sheriff's Department, District Attorney's Office, and Probation Department. The county will continue funding a Fugitive Warrant Enforcement Sergeant to work with the Fugitive Warrant Extradition Team, which seeks to reduce the number of violent and serious offenders on the street. A Senior Deputy District Attorney will also be funded to review fugitive warrant cases to provide immediate assistance to the Riverside Sheriff's Office by either approving or denying extradition of fugitive warrants and facilitate the international extradition of fugitives as appropriate. Lastly, a Supervising Probation Officer will be funded and assigned to work with the National Institute of Corrections in the evaluation and intensive analysis of the department operations, the creation of the strategic plan, and implementation of evidence-based practices. The program objective is to reduce the percentage of offenders sent to state prison due to a violation of probation or new law offense. To accomplish this objective, the department will implement the Wisconsin Risk Needs Assessment for adult offenders and the 8% Solution Risk Assessment for juvenile offenders.