Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $126,358)
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).
Hidalgo county will us its Fiscal Year 2009 Local JAG award to fund two critical positions within the court system that will ensure the criminal caseload is processed timely and efficiently. The two staff positions demonstrate a significant positive impact on the improvement of the criminal justice system in the county. The courts are a component of the entire county criminal justice system and their function and activities play an integral part in its successful functioning.