Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $1,352,681)
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 District of Columbia Government will use this 2015 State JAG award to continue implementation of the District of Columbias JAG Reentry Initiatives with research based, gender-specific program elements. Additionally, JAG funding will be focused on providing community-based services for citizens returning from incarceration. The goal is to increase wraparound services and positive outcomes for those with substance abuse and/or mental health issues.