Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $1,056,793)
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 Delaware Criminal Justice Council (DE CJC) is the state criminal justice planning agency for Delaware and oversees the use of Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant funds in Delaware. Delaware's Byrne JAG strategy is developed with the assistance and direction of the Drug and Violent Crime Advisory Committee, a subcommittee of the Criminal Justice Council. The Drug and Violent Crime Advisory Committee sets the State's priority areas under Byrne JAG and determines which projects will best address those priorities. The DE CJC programs being funded in 2012 will be continuation programs that were funded in FY 2011 after a strategic planning retreat held by the DE CJC. These priorities focus on the following: 1) law enforcement; 2) case processing; and 3) corrections. Case processing includes the operations of the prosecution, defense, and court from arrest through conviction. The corrections core focus includes correctional drug treatment and support for correctional and detention facilities and staff as well as re-entry and community services. The priorities Byrne JAG funds will continue to support with FY 2012 funding are: violence and shootings in the City of Wilmington (Hot Spot overtime); specialized courts (Drug Court and Mental Health Court); sex offender management (verification and notification); correctional officer retention and training; gang enforcement; and technology advances for the courts, law enforcement and the criminal justice system overall. NCA/NCF