Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $1,172,857)
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 West Virginia Division of Justice and Community Services will use this 2015 JAG award to support the two identified priority areas of violent crime and substance abuse. Programs to be funded under this priority area include but are not limited to: Prevention Resource Officer, Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, Child Advocacy Centers, Domestic Violence Centers, Victim Assistance Programs, Juvenile Justice Programs, Prosecuting Attorneys, Court Appointed Special Advocates. These programs are designed to increase awareness of drug and violent crime culture, and to reduce drug use and violent criminal acts by providing prevention, education, focused investigative attention to these crimes. These programs will also help to lessen the impact of sexual assaults and educate victims as well as those who seek to serve them within the criminal justice system in West Virginia.