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BJA Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program
BJA Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program

Welcome to BJA’s Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program

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The JAG Program, authorized under 42 U.S.C. §3751(a), is the leading source of federal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions. The JAG Program provides states, tribes, and local governments with critical funding necessary to support a range of program areas including law enforcement, prosecution, indigent defense, courts, crime prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, planning, evaluation, technology improvement, and crime victim and witness initiatives and mental health programs and related law enforcement and corrections programs, including behavioral programs and crisis intervention teams. Read about Officer Edward R. Byrne.

ATTENTION Fiscal Year (FY) 18 STATE & LOCAL JAG APPLICANTS - Please review FY 18 State and Local JAG solicitations as there are changes this year including removal of the Abstract requirement and the addition of another Chief Legal Officer (CLO) 1373 certification.

FY 2018 JAG Information:

To obtain high resolution copies of State and Local JAG certifications (including subrecipient certifications) and assurances please refer here:
and/or here:

For Frequently Asked Questions related to criminal alien law enforcement grant requirements please click here: 8 U.S.C. § 1373 FAQs

Visit the JAG Showcase:

The JAG Showcase was designed to identify and highlight JAG projects that have shown promise in reducing crime and positively impacting communities. BJA has now expanded the concept of the JAG Showcase to other BJA grant programs and created a BJA Perspectives from the Field web page.


News & Publications

JAG Activity Report Available - The Justice Assistance Grant Program FY 2016 Activity Report highlights award data, including information about how funds were allocated and used.

JAG Technical Report Available - The Bureau of Justice Statistics has released Justice Assistance Grant Program, 2016, a technical report that describes the steps used in the JAG formula calculation process and presents summary results of the fiscal year 2016 calculations.

UPDATED JAG Variable Pass-Through (VPT) information: State Administering Agencies (SAA) are required to use this VPT data in the administration of all JAG awards. Please refer to the JAG VPT page for updated information and click the web link that corresponds to the appropriate JAG Fiscal Year award.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Important Updates

Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program Fact Sheet – Updated in October 2018, this Fact Sheet provides background information and other details about the JAG Program, which is the leading federal source of criminal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions.

FY 2017 Awards - As a result of a stay issued by the 7th Circuit on June 26, 2018, BJA has now processed the majority of the state, local and tribal FY17 JAG awards. Reviews of some applications remain ongoing. A list of completed awards will be available on OJP's website.

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