Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $4,844,897)
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 grantee will use the 2011 JAG monies to fund: multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional drug, gang and violent crime task forces, their tandem prosecution projects and statewide civil forfeiture efforts; criminal justice information sharing projects; ajudication, forensic analysis, detention, and criminal justice system support services; substance abuse prevention and education programs; and, other projects which improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the criminal justice system. The project goal is to combat narcotics trafficking and violent crime issues identified as the primary threat to public safety.