BJA's Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program is the leading source of federal justice funding to state, local, and tribal jurisdictions and supports a range of program areas including law enforcement, prosecution and courts, prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, planning, evaluation, and technology improvement, and crime victim and witness initiatives. Below is one of the many successful initiatives made possible by JAG funding.
The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) has been using JAG funding to support the development of county-level Criminal Justice Advisory Boards (CJABS). CJABsgroups of top-level county officials which address criminal justice issues from a systemic and policy-level perspectivestudy best practices in the administration and delivery of criminal justice and recommend ways in which public agencies can improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the criminal justice system within their county. Through a competitive grant process, the PCCD made funding available to counties that enabled them to engage a coordinator or facilitator to help build the infrastructure for the CJABs. JAG funding was also made available to support the direct implementation of projects through already-established CJABs. CJABs, for instance, have used this funding to support data-sharing efforts among various components at the local level. JAG funding also supports technical assistance that encourages the use of evidence-based practices by CJABs and provides a conduit to ensure that issues at the county level are communicated at the state level so that statewide plans are developed to meet local needs. For example, this state-local collaboration resulted in additional state resources being made available to support locals in their efforts to better develop strategies to address individuals with mental illness involved in the criminal justice system.
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