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Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Local Program

 
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    CFDA#

    16.738
     

    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award

    Authority

    Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)

    Summary

    The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program is the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions. The JAG Program provides states and units of local governments with critical funding necessary to support a range of program areas including law enforcement, prosecution and court programs, prevention and education programs, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, crime victim and witness initiatives, and planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs.
     
    JAG funds may be used for state and local initiatives, technical assistance, strategic planning, research and evaluation (including forensics), data collection, training, personnel, equipment, forensic laboratories, supplies, contractual support, and criminal justice information systems that will improve or enhance such areas as: 
    • Law enforcement programs.
    • Prosecution and court programs.
    • Prevention and education programs.
    • Corrections and community corrections programs.
    • Drug treatment and enforcement programs.
    • Planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs.
    • Crime victim and witness programs (other than compensation).
    • Mental health programs and related law enforcement and corrections programs, including behavioral programs and crisis intervention teams
    In FY 2017, BJA will be focusing nationally on the following priority areas: 
    • Reducing Gun Violence - BJA encourages states and localities to invest valuable JAG funds in programs to combat gun violence, enforce existing firearms laws, and improve the process for ensuring that persons prohibited from purchasing or owning guns are prevented from doing so by enhancing reporting to the FBIs National Instant Background Check System (NICS). 
    • National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) - The FBI has formally announced its intentions to establish NIBRS as the law enforcement (LE) crime data reporting standard for the nation. State and local JAG grantees are encouraged to use JAG funds to expedite the transition to NIBRS in their jurisdictions.
    • Officer Safety and Wellness - BJA sees a vital need to focus not only on tactical officer safety concerns, but also on health and wellness as they affect officer performance and safety. It is important for law enforcement to have the tactical skills necessary, and also be physically and mentally well, to perform, survive, and be resilient in the face of the demanding duties of the profession. BJA encourages States to use JAG funds to address these needs by providing training, such as paying for tuition and travel expenses related to attending trainings such as the VALOR training, as well as funding for health and wellness programs for law enforcement officers.
    • Border Security - The security of the United States borders is critically important to the reduction and prevention of transnational drug-trafficking networks and combating all forms of human trafficking networks within the United States (sex and labor trafficking of foreign nationals and U.S. citizens of all sexes and ages). These smuggling operations on both sides of the border contribute to a significant increase in violent crime and United States deaths from dangerous drugs. Additionally, illegal immigration continues to place a significant strain on federal, State, and local resources”particularly those agencies charged with border security and immigration enforcement”as well as the local communities into which many of the illegal immigrants are placed. BJA encourages States to use JAG funds to support law enforcement hiring, training, and technology enhancement in the area of border security
    • Collaborative Prosecution - BJA supports strong partnerships between prosecutors and police as a mean to improve case outcomes and take violent offenders off the street. BJA strongly encourages State and local law enforcement to foster strong partnerships with prosecutors to adopt new collaborative strategies aimed at combating increases in crime, particularly violent crime.
     

    History of Funding

    The BJA Success Stories web page features JAG projects that have demonstrated success or shown promise in reducing crime and positively impacting communities. This web page will be a valuable resource for States, localities, territories, tribes, and criminal justice professionals who seek to identify and learn about JAG and other successful BJA-funded projects linked to innovation, crime reduction, and evidence-based practices.  See more at: https://www.bja.gov/SuccessStoryList.aspx.

    Additional Information

    NOTE: Beginning in FY 2017, all recipients, either through direct award or sub-grants, must provide a properly-executed certification regarding compliance with 8 U.S.C. § 1373: Communication between government agencies and the Immigration and Naturalization Service.   This requirement regarding 8 U.S.C. § 1373 will not apply to subawards to Indian tribes.

    Contacts

    National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center

    National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center
    Bureau of Justice Assistance
    810 Seventh Street NW
    Washington', DC 20531
    (800) 851-3420
    (301) 240-5830
     

  • Eligibility Details

    Applicants are limited those units of local government appearing on the FY 2017 Allocation list (https://www.bja.gov/Programs/jag/17jagallocations.html).  Additional law enforcement agencies, public entities, and non-profit organizations may apply to these applicants for sub-grants.

    Deadline Details

    Applications are to be submitted by September 5, 2017.  A similar deadline is anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    Up to $83,000,000 is available in FY 2017.  JAG funds are allocated through a formula based on their share of violent crime and population.  A list of local allocations for FY 2017 is available to view at: https://www.bja.gov/Programs/jag/17jagallocations.html.  Cost sharing/matching is not required.


     

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