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FY 2010 Justice Assistance Grant Program

Award Information

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Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $11,877,102)

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) allows states and units of local government, 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).

The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) held a series of meetings in March 2009 for the development of a multi-year strategic plan. The meetings focused on the state's priorities and use of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding, while giving additional consideration to future needs and use of a potential JAG award in fiscal year (FY) 2010. The meetings solicited input from a broad spectrum of both the public and criminal justice experts from all areas of the criminal justice, law enforcement, victim services, and the practitioner and research communities. In addition, the ICJIA used the results from a recent needs-assessment study that surveyed approximately 1,700 criminal justice system practitioners throughout the state. The information and data gathered from the meetings and survey were then used to develop a set of priorities within the framework of the JAG seven purpose areas. These priorities will serve as the basis for which proposals will be requested from units of local government and state agencies for FY 2010 JAG funding. Several core areas will involve the expansion and support of multi-jurisdictional narcotics units, multi-jurisdictional drug prosecution programs, local law enforcement equipment programs, and state appellate prosecutor's and public defender's offices. JAG funding applicants will be required to address a defined priority area, identify need through use of validated statistics, present realistic and measurable goals and objectives as well as realistic methods for measurement, present a justifiable budget, demonstrate a history of reliability and responsibility, and persuasively present a need for funding. The ICJIA Board, composed of the state's vast array of criminal justice system stakeholders, will continue to review, analyze, and discuss general JAG priorities and specific initiatives, while the ICJIA Federal and State Grants Unit will oversee the administration of JAG funds.


Date Created: July 29, 2010