Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $91,922)
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 Blackfeet Tribe will use these funds to target victims of domestic violence and children exposed to violence by promoting prosecutions that respond carefully and proactively to violent crimes. This will ensure safety for victims and accountability for perpetrators. Specific activities involved include expanding the criminal justice system by hiring one full-time special prosecutor, incorporating victim assistance policies and guidelines aimed at reducing domestic violence and children exposed to violence in the Tribal community, and offering equipment and supplies to the new special prosecutor's office.