Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $419,845)
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 city of Jacksonville will use their 2016 JAG funds to support the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, a reentry program and a community prosecution unit. The goals of the project are: 1) Prevent offender recidivism and reduce crime by offender employment and educating employers on the benefits, challenges and incentives of hiring ex-offenders; 2) Reduce the incidents of violent and financial crimes against senior citizens by increasing awareness and improving community prosecution actions for adults over 50; and 3) Improve policing efforts by utilizing patrol carts in areas that are too small for vehicles but too large for foot coverage.