The U.S. Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) presents its fiscal year (FY) 2020 Activity Report on its Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program, which provides funding to state and local jurisdictions for a range of criminal justice programs, activities, and equipment.
This report refers to the activities reported by all grantees that have been active during October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2020. The first section of this report provides information on funding allocations by total and by program area for FYs 2017 to 2019 grantees. The remainder of the report presents a detailed analysis of FY 2019 grantees and how JAG funds were used in programs that addressed specific issues faced by communities. This includes the funding of task forces and collaborative approaches to address human trafficking and outreach to community stakeholders. The JAG Program has impacted all aspects of the justice system by providing funding for personnel, equipment, training, and other uses. Just over 600,000 people had at least part of their salary paid with JAG funds, and just over $9 million in funding was used in purchasing equipment. JAG funds also supported 172 programs for FY 2019 grantees. Just over a quarter of law enforcement programs and task forces focused on addressing violent crimes in their communities. With BJA funding, the National Criminal Justice Association provides training and technical assistance (TTA) to State Administering Agencies for support of their strategic planning and the implementation of evidence-based policies and practices. This TTA assists states in meeting the 2019 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program requirement to have a comprehensive statewide strategic plan.