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, crime victim and witness initiatives, mental health programs and related law enforcement and corrections programs, including behavioral programs and crisis intervention teams, and implementation of state crisis intervention court proceedings and related programs or initiatives including, but not limited to, mental health courts, drug courts, veterans courts, and extreme risk protection order programs. Read about Officer Edward R. Byrne.
The JAG Program Fact Sheet provides background information and other details about the JAG Program.
Past solicitations, allocations, award information, as well as 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.
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.
Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program, 2021
This technical report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) describes the steps used in the JAG formula calculation process and presents summary results of the fiscal year 2021 calculations. Prior year technical reports can be found on the BJS publications webpage.
Important Updates and Blog Posts
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).