Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $440,195)
This program is funded through a training and technical assistance appropriation authorized by the Department of Justice Appropriations Act of 2010, (Pub. L. 111-117). Under this appropriation, "up to 3 percent of funds made available to the Office of Justice programs for grants or reimbursement may be used to provide training and technical assistance." Pub. L. 111-117. 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). 42 U.S.C. 3751(a).
The Encouraging Innovation: Field-Initiated Programs is designed to strengthen the criminal justice system by challenging those in the field to identify and define emerging or chronic systemic issues faced by one or more components of the criminal justice continuum (includes but not limited to law enforcement, corrections, courts, and community collaborations) and to propose innovative solutions to address these issues.
The Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA), in partnership with the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA), will implement a national-level project focused on providing assistance to State Administering Agencies (SAAs) on evidence-based practices (EBPs). The goal of the project is to provide a practical tool for use by the SAAs in assessing their ability to facilitate the implementation and sustainability of EBPs and help them plan their strategies for implementing EBPs in their states.