Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $2,067,935)
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 program 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 Mississippi Division of Public Safety will use the FY 2013 JAG award to support multi-jurisdictional drug task force programs; law enforcement enhancement programs; and multi-jurisdictional narcotics task forces. The project goals are to increase local agencies capacities to address illegal drugs and violent crimes to reduce crime in Mississippi and implement innovative evidenced-based programs to engage communities and system stakeholders in curtailing criminal activities in target communities. Collectively, these strategies meet unfunded needs and will serve to reduce area crime and violence.