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Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program


View special notices regarding Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) award conditions

The 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.

The JAG Program is authorized by Title I of Public Law No. 90-351 (generally codified at 34 U.S.C. 10151-10726), including subpart 1 of part E (codified at 34 U.S.C. 10151-10158); see also 28 U.S.C. 530C (a).

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

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).

Variable Pass-Through Information (VPT) - State Administering Agencies (SAA) are required to use this VPT data in the administration of all JAG awards. Please refer to the JAG VPT page for updated information and click the web link that corresponds to the appropriate JAG Fiscal Year award. Additional information on VPT requirements can be found within the JAG FAQs.

Prohibited Expenditures and Associated Procedures under JAG

The JAG statute, 34 U.S.C. §§ 10151 - 10158, specifically identifies a list of prohibited items, including Unmanned Aircraft (UA), Unmanned Arial Vehicles (UAV) and Unmanned Arial Systems (UAS) which are defined as aircraft, that cannot be purchased with JAG funds unless the Department of Justice certifies that extraordinary and exigent circumstances exist that make the use of such funds essential to the maintenance of public safety and good order. Additional information on prohibited expenditures under JAG, including the process to obtain prior approval to purchase a prohibited item(s) can be found within the JAG Prohibited Expenditures Guidance or within the JAG FAQs document (see Use of Funds section).

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

To locate previous solicitations, award information, state and local JAG certifications (including subrecipient certifications) and assurances, visit the archives page.

Date Modified: May 12, 2021
Date Created: December 9, 2019