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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

FY17 Byrne JAG Extension: Recently, a preliminary injunction was issued relating to the "section 1373," "notice," and "access" award conditions that are contained in FY 2017 Byrne JAG awards. As a result, the Department is currently enjoined from enforcing those award conditions in FY 2017 Byrne JAG awards made to members of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. In order to afford the Department time to evaluate its options and provide guidance regarding that preliminary injunction, the Department is extending the deadline to accept FY 2017 Byrne JAG awards to October 5, 2018. This extension applies to all recipients of FY 2017 Byrne JAG award documents, whether or not they are covered under the terms of the preliminary injunction (as members of the U.S. Conference of Mayors).

Special Notice Re: FY17 Byrne JAG award conditions 52-56: At present, DOJ's authority to require compliance with Award Conditions 52 through 56 in FY 2017 JAG awards to members of the United States Conference of Mayors is the subject of pending litigation, including a preliminary injunction. Accordingly (and consonant with Award Condition 1), DOJ has determined that, at this time, it will not use or enforce those conditions in FY 2017 JAG awards to such members. If the posture of the pending litigation changes (or if the pending litigation is resolved) in a manner that would permit DOJ to use or enforce Award Conditions 52 through 56 in the FY 2017 JAG awards to such members, then DOJ will provide those recipients of FY 2017 JAG awards that are such members with specific, formal, written notice of DOJ's intent to use or enforce those conditions following the notice.

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

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 at:

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