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Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program


View special notices regarding Justice Assistance Grant award conditions

Criminal Alien Law Enforcement requirements – Access Questions & Answers related to award conditions and requirements related to criminal alien law enforcement, including 8 U.S.C. § 1373.

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).

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).

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 Pub. L. No. 90-351 (generally codified at 34 U.S.C. 10101-10726), 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.

FY 2020 JAG Information


FY 2020 JAG Local Solicitation
FY 2020 JAG Local Chief Executive Certification
FY 2020 JAG Local Allocations


FY 2020 JAG State Solicitation
FY 2020 JAG State Chief Executive Certification
FY 2020 JAG State Allocations

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

JAG Showcase

The JAG Showcase was designed to identify and highlight JAG projects that have shown promise in reducing crime and positively impacting communities. BJA has now expanded the concept of the JAG Showcase to other BJA grant programs and created a Feature Stories web page.

News & Publications

JAG Activity Report Available - The Justice Assistance Grant Program FY 2016 Activity Report highlights award data, including information about how funds were allocated and used.

JAG Technical Report Available - The Bureau of Justice Statistics has released Justice Assistance Grant Program, 2016, a technical report that describes the steps used in the JAG formula calculation process and presents summary results of the fiscal year 2016 calculations.

UPDATED JAG Variable Pass-Through (VPT) information: 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.