GRANT PROGRAM SNAPSHOT: Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG)
GRANT PROGRAM SNAPSHOT: Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG)

Examples of projects JAG may fund include virtual reality de-escalation training, gunfire detection technology, evidence storage and data/information sharing, intelligence and investigations, prosecution case management, specialty court support, purchasing of managed access systems and other mitigation technologies related to preventing, detecting, seizing, and/or stopping the presence and use of contraband cellphones within correctional facilities, and reentry projects to include probation and parole case management.

A total of approximately $312 million is available through formula and competitive/discretionary funding in 2023. Formula funds are distributed through a method that combines population size with violent crime statistics. You may refer to the 2023 allocations for formula funding eligibility.

If you're not on the direct allocation list, you may be eligible for discretionary funding through your state. The Department of Justice determines priority areas JAG-funded projects should address each year. In 2023, these areas are Advancing Justice System Reform Efforts; Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities; Preventing and Combating Hate Crimes; Crime and Violence Reduction Strategies; and Community Based Violence Intervention (CVI) Approaches.

Because every state has unique criminal justice challenges, each state may determine its own priorities in addition to federal priorities. And these priorities may change from year to year. For example, one state may utilize competitive JAG funds for body-worn cameras in 2021 and for drug enforcement task forces in 2022. These varying priorities and other application requirements illuminate the importance of providing updated customized funding reports for each criminal justice agency.

Since the JAG Local (Formula) Solicitation was just released, now is an excellent time to talk about your plans.