Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $3,406,582)
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 grantee will utilize 2015 JAG funds to support statewide programs in seven priority categories: (1) crime prevention; (2) reducing recidivism and reentry; (3) domestic violence and sexual assault (4) substance abuse with an emphasis on opioids; (5) smart policing, technology, and equipment; (6) research and evaluation, and (7) maintaining core services in state public safety agencies. Awards funds will enhance state coordination efforts to: continue to assess statewide public safety needs; develop and post Availability for Grants Funds (AGF) announcements pertinent to the priorities; conduct statewide bidders conferences; facilitate objective review processes for applications; disseminate funds to subgrantees in an efficient and timely manner; monitor the progress of subgrantees; and adhere to all the program requirements.