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Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program

Overview

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program is the leading source of federal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions. The JAG Program provides states, tribes, and local governments with critical funding necessary to support a range of program areas including law enforcement, prosecution, indigent defense, courts, crime prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, planning, evaluation, technology improvement, and crime victim and witness initiatives and mental health programs and related law enforcement and corrections programs, including behavioral programs and crisis intervention teams. Read about Officer Edward R. Byrne.

Fact Sheet

The JAG Program Fact Sheet provides background information and other details about the JAG Program.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The JAG FAQs contain a helpful Table of Contents and pertinent information on statutory requirements (such as governing body notification, public comment and pass-through), application requirements, prohibited expenditures (current and past), required certifications, reporting requirements, etc.

Funding Information

FY 2022 State and Local JAG funding opportunities are coming soon. Prior fiscal year solicitations, allocations, award information, state and local JAG chief executive certifications and assurances can be found on the Archives page.

Visit the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Funding Statistics webpage for details about grants awarded by OJP. From this page, you can filter using various parameters, including fiscal year, program office, and location.

Prohibited Expenditures and Associated Procedures under JAG

The JAG statute, at 34 U.S.C. § 10152(d), specifically identifies a list of prohibited items. JAG funds provided under this part may NOT be used, directly or indirectly, to provide any of the following matters: (1) Any security enhancements or any equipment to any nongovernmental entity that is not engaged in criminal justice or public safety. (2) Unless the Attorney General certifies that extraordinary and exigent circumstances exist that make the use of such funds to provide such matters essential to the maintenance of public safety and good order:

  • Vehicles, vessels, or aircraft*
  • Luxury items
  • Real estate
  • Construction projects (other than penal or correctional institutions)
  • Any similar matters

*Police cruisers, police boats, and police helicopters are allowable vehicles under JAG and do not require BJA certification. For purposes of JAG, a vehicle is considered a “police cruiser” only if it is used in the ordinary course for routine police patrol within the United States. Vehicles (including motorcycles, SUVs, and ATVs) used as “police cruisers” are not prohibited under JAG, and therefore may be acquired with JAG funds in the ordinary course, to the extent otherwise allowable under the award. For more information, please see the JAG Prohibited Expenditures GuidancePlease refer to the JAG FAQs for details on how to request prior approval (a waiver) from BJA to utilize JAG funds for prohibited item(s).

Note: The use of BJA grant funds for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), including unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAV), and/or any accompanying accessories to support UAS or UAV devices/systems, is unallowable; no waivers can be submitted for these purchases.

Technical Report

Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program, 2020
This technical report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics describes the steps used in the JAG formula calculation process and presents summary results of the fiscal year 2020 calculations.

Important Updates and Blog Posts

Blog post: Honoring Eddie Byrne: The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program

Notice of Updated JAG Accountability Measures: Please note Question #7 of the JAG General Information Questionnaire has been revised effective January 1, 2022. The revised question focuses on policies, procedures, trainings, programs and/or strategies related to law enforcement accountability, hiring, culture, community trust, and alike. JAG recipients will be required to report on this new measure beginning January 1, 2022, for the October 1 – December 30, 2021 reporting period. Please refer to the updated questionnaire. If you have any questions about the accountability measures or the PMT, call the PMT Helpdesk at 1–888–252–6867 or send an email to [email protected].

Combatting Contraband Cell Phones in Prisons and Jails: JAG funds can be used to support projects related to preventing, detecting, seizing, and/or stopping the presence and use of contraband cellphones by detainees and inmates. This includes the purchasing of managed access systems and other mitigation technologies (as permitted by applicable law).

Date Modified: May 23, 2022
Date Created: December 9, 2019