The Department of Justice (DOJ), in partnership with Edward Byrne Justice Assistant (BJA) Grant program (JAG grants) and the Office of Justice (OJP), seeks to strengthen the nation’s criminal justice system by giving financial aid, training and technical assistance and policy development services to state, local and tribal governments to support law enforcement, lower violent and drug related crimes and fight victimization.
BJA encourages local communities to invest in programs dedicated to improving in the following areas:
- Reducing Violent Crime
- Officer Safety and Wellness
- Southwest Border Rural Law Enforcement
- Responding to the Opioid Crisis
Under the JAG Program, awarded units of local governments are permitted to use funds for the following:
- 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
- Broadband deployment and adoption activities as they relate to criminal justice activities
Awards of at least $25,000 are disbursed over a 4-year period and awards of less than $25,000 over 2 years.
Applications for local JAG grants are due by August 23, 2019.
Review the BJA State and Territory Fact Sheets for updated state and territory statistics on BJA investments, Byrne JAG Program highlights, crime trends, and other criminal justice information.
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