Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $1,994,605)
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 overarching goal of this project is to (1) increase local agencies capacities to address illegal drugs and violent crimes and to reduce crime in Mississippi by five percent by the end of Fiscal Year (FY) 2016; and (2) To implement innovative evidenced-based programs beginning in FY 2014 to engage communities and system stakeholders in curtailing criminal activities in target communities. The Division of Public Safety Planning will distribute funds awarded to it under this program to units of state and local government through competitive request for proposals processes. NCA/NCF