Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $2,286,866)
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 importation and distribution of illegal drugs along with the associated violent crimes continues to rise in Oklahoma. Gang activity is becoming more violent and widespread.Local Law enforcement, due to reduced funding levels, continue to use equipment far beyond its life expectancy. Recidivism, due to substance abuse issues continues to increase prison population. The Drug and Violent Crime Task Forces (DVCTFs) have been and continue to be a funding priority. In addition to the DVCTFs, it is anticipated that other programs may include gang enforcement and prosecution, violent crime initiatives, residential substance abuse treatment for incarcerated offenders, equipment for local law enforcement, and prevention and education programs.