The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program is the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions. The JAG program provides states and units of local government with critical funding necessary to support a wide 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.
Purpose Areas: JAG funds may be used for local initiatives, technical assistance, training, personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, and information systems for criminal justice, as well as criminal justice-related research and evaluation activities that will improve or enhance:
- 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).
Alabama receives JAG funds based on a formula that includes a minimum state allocation with the remaining amount determined by population and violent crime statistics. Once the state allocation is calculated, 60 percent of the funding is awarded to the state and 40 percent to eligible units of local government. State allocations also have a required variable pass through to units of local government, calculated by the Bureau of Justice Statistics from each state's crime expenditures. ADECA, in turn, allocates state funds to local entities based on a formula that takes into consideration the population of the area served and statistical data reported.
Funding cannot be used directly or indirectly for security enhancements or equipment to nongovernmental entities not engaged in criminal justice or public safety.