Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $9,171,205)
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 goal of the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency is to support and create lasting improvements throughout the states criminal justice system. The objectives include: improvement of criminal record databases; development or adaptation of new technologies; support of comprehensive, proactive law enforcement programs aimed at reducing crime; support of Victims of Juvenile Crimes services; support of Elder Victim Advocates; support of alternatives to incarceration programs and problem solving courts for non-violent offenders and reentry services; mental health initiatives aimed at reducing the number of justice involved individuals with co-occurring disorders, and reentry programs that provide jail-based and community supervision and treatment; and, prevention and intervention programs aimed at truancy abatement, services for at-risk youth and victim services.