Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $3,643,445)
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 Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) will implement projects designed to respond to the priority issues identified through a statewide criminal justice planning process. The priority areas are coordination and information sharing, drug enforcement and treatment, crime and delinquency prevention, anti-gang efforts, offender reentry, and improving the criminal justice system's response to persons with mental illness.