Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $31,637,389)
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 California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) will use its Fiscal Year 2010 JAG award to fund local multi-jurisdictional, multi-disciplinary task force programs in all 58 counties to: reduce the amount of illegal drugs on California streets; remove children from illicit drug environments; eradicate marijuana gardens on public and private lands; dismantle the drug trafficking organizations that commit these crimes; and provide access to treatment for substance-abusing offenders while minimizing the use of incarceration.
Additionally, the JAG funds will be used to support the drug court program. The drug court program provides access to treatment for substance-abusing offenders while minimizing the use of incarceration by providing structure by linking supervision and treatment with ongoing intensive judicial oversight and team management. All drug courts include intensive treatment services with ongoing monitoring and continuing care for approximately 12 months or more. Allocating funds to the drug court program will allow counties to enhance their existing treatment programs. Intensive judicial supervision provided by the drug court program benefits local communities by providing cost savings to taxpayers through clients participating in treatment programs, and reducing offender recidivism rates.