Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $354,370)
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 of San Jose, will serve as the fiscal agent for the joint application with the county of Santa Clara. The goals of the project are to enhance law enforcement through the purchase of equipment, providing prevention education programs, and establishing an integrated method to effectively transition ex-offenders into the community. The city of San Jose will purchase tasers, rifles, and handguns to enhance law enforcement efforts as well as participate in the nationally acclaimed "Parent Project" for parents of at-risk youth. The county of Santa Clara will develop a program to reduce recidivism rates among ex-offenders.