Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $3,896,546)
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 disparate jurisdictions consisting of Los Angeles County and the city of Los Angeles will use FY 2010 JAG funds to reduce crime and improve public safety through strategies that target criminal behavior. Specific grant-funded initiatives will include officer salary for patrol services and staff tasked with prosecuting gang related crimes; the purchase of speed detection units for traffic enforcement; alternative sentencing programs and video arraignment to assist in the management of overcrowded jails; court supervised monitoring and drug treatment programs to break the most cycle of addiction and incarceration; at-risk youth programs aimed at preventing participation in gangs, school based supervision programs to provide intervention and treatment programs, and an activities league that builds positive relationships and mentoring between law enforcement and youth; and evaluation services to provide data analysis used to address crime trends. Funds will also be used by the city of Los Angeles for grant administration costs incurred as the fiscal agent for this award.