Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $25,641,867)
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).
To address California's massive drug problem and associated violence, Cal EMA will use the 2011 JAG funding to support public safety programs with the following goals: 1) provide equipment at no or low cost to state and local agencies to help in their counter drug and law enforcement activities; 2) provide tattoo removal services to former gang members to make them more employable so that they can become contributing members of society; 3) reduce the amount of illegal drugs on California streets and, at the same time, remove children from illicit drug environments; 4) dismantle drug trafficking organizations; and 5) eradicate marijuana gardens on public and private lands.
JAG funding will allow California law enforcement to concentrate their efforts on the widespread apprehension, prosecution, adjudication, detention, and rehabilitation of offenders who violate state and local drug laws. Cal EMA will track and report on activities such as, but not limited to: the number and type of equipment provided to the field; the number of former gang members assisted with tattoo removal; the number of drug investigations conducted; the types and amounts of illegal drugs seized; the number of children removed from illicit drug environments; the number of marijuana grows eradicated; number of cases referred for prosecution; number of defendants convicted; and the disposition of convicted defendants.