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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

View special notices regarding Justice Assistance Grant award conditions

Criminal Alien Law Enforcement requirements – Access Questions & Answers related to award conditions and requirements related to criminal alien law enforcement, including 8 U.S.C. § 1373, which is being updated regularly.

Prohibited Expenditures and associated procedures under JAG - The JAG statute, 34 U.S.C. §§ 10151 - 10158, specifically identifies a list of prohibited items, including Unmanned Aircraft (UA), Unmanned Arial Vehicles (UAV) and Unmanned Arial Systems (UAS) which are defined as aircraft, that cannot be purchased with JAG funds unless the BJA Director certifies that extraordinary and exigent circumstances exist that make the use of such funds essential to the maintenance of public safety and good order. Additional information on prohibited expenditures under JAG, including the process to obtain prior approval to purchase a prohibited item(s) can be found within the JAG Prohibited Expenditures Guidance or within the JAG FAQs document (see Use of Funds section).

The JAG program, specifically authorized under 34 U.S.C. §§ 10151 - 10158, 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.

FY 2019 JAG Information

FY 2019 JAG State and Local Solicitations (Application Guidance)
FY 2019 JAG State and Local Allocations (Eligibility Information)

View the FY 2019 JAG State Chief Executive Certification.
View the FY 2019 JAG Local Chief Executive Certification.

To locate FY 2018 State and Local JAG solicitations, award information, high resolution copies of FY 2018 and prior State and Local JAG certifications (including subrecipient certifications) and assurances, please click the archives tab at the top of this page.

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 Success Stories 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)

JAG FAQs contain a list with categories of questions that are common concerns for the field. This includes pertinent information on statutory requirements (such as governing body notification, public comment and pass-through), application requirements, prohibited expenditures (current and past), certifications (including Chief Executive and Chief Legal Officer), reporting requirements, etc.

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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