Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $2,233,465)
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 Nevada Department of Public Safety (DPS) will use the JAG award to support programs considered effective to achieve a higher impact towards crime reduction, prevention and control, as well as those programs that improve functioning of the criminal justice system. Examples of such programs include: major multi-jurisdictional gang task forces communications radios for Washoe County Sheriff's Office Fusion Center Multi-Jurisdictional Narcotics Task Forces; court services for rural Churchill County to provide pre-trail, misdemeanor, probation, alternative sentences, step-down and work programs, plus additional research data testing for evidence based modeling; the Latino Community Outreach Program for Carson City , which is a collaboration with the Partnership Carson City and the Carson City District Attorney's Office; housing and treatment programs for parole offenders, servicing northern Nevada and substance abuse treatment for adolescents with co-occurring disorders; and criminal records upgrades for the Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) program. Projects will be evidence-based programs that demonstrate effectiveness and efficiency through an analysis of data conducted by an outside researchers for known crime problems.