The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program allows states and local governments to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control drug trafficking, drug related crime, and violent crime. Based on their own local needs and conditions, agencies are provided with the flexibility to prioritize and place justice funds where they are needed most.
JAG funds can be used for state and local initiatives, technical assistance training, personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, and information systems for criminal justice for any one or more of the following purpose areas:
- Law enforcement programs.
- Prosecution and court programs.
- Prevention and court programs.
- Corrections and community corrections programs.
- Drug treatment and programs.
- Planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs.
In Wyoming, the Office of the Attorney General identified the following criminal justice components as priorities for the use of its consolidated state and federal funds including the Justice Assistance Grant:
- Enforcement: multi jurisdictional task forces;
- Criminal Intelligence Team (CIT): telephone tolls, pen registers and intercepts, electronic surveillance, crime analysis, organization flow charts, courtroom exhibits-testimony, outlaw motorcycle gangs, street gangs, and other specialized services;
- Improvement of criminal justice information systems;
- Drug courts;
- Wyoming State Crime Laboratory.
JAG funds cannot be used directly or indirectly for security enhancements or equipment for nongovernmental entities not engaged in criminal justice or public safety. Additionally, JAG funds may not be used directly or indirectly to pay for any of the following items: