Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $53,627)
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).
Osceola County will use their 2015 JAG award to fund the following three projects: 1) DNA Screening with the goal to decrease the amount of time and resources required to obtain DNA profiles that aid in investigative purposes; 2) Inmate Parenting Class with the overall goals to reduce criminal behavior, encourage a positive reentry into society and decrease recidivism. and 3) Inmate Cell Retrofit with the goal to create a safe holding area for inmates that may pose a threat to themselves, and reduce the risk for the inmate to cause self-harm.