Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $315,578)
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 city and county of El Paso will use JAG funds to support multiple criminal justice initiatives. Specific grant funded activity will include the purchase of a passenger bus for inmate transport; security cameras for detention facilities; software to ensure secured transmission of information on laptops; monitors, computers, and speakerphones for the District Attorney's Office conference rooms; and servers, tracking devices, and night vision equipment for investigations. Costs incurred for staff training will also be supported. For grant administration purposes, the county will serve as the fiscal agent for this award.