As the executive branch agency designated to accept, plan and distribute criminal justice funds, state administering agencies (SAAs) seek to leverage state and federal grant dollars to address the needs of statewide and local criminal justice systems. SAAs serve as the primary coordinating body for state and local public safety issue identification, system collaboration, policy development, and system planning an implementation. These responsibilities require SAAs to work closely with a myriad of state and local entities including: law enforcement, prosecution and defense agencies, court systems, corrections departments, non-profit service providers and professional associations.
The challenges facing the justice system are many; comparatively, the resources available to address them are few. There are pressures, including:
Adding personnel (police officers, prosecutors, defenders, probation officers, judges, correctional officers, treatment providers, advocates, data collectors and analysts, forensics specialists, managers) and training current and new staff to be efficient and effective;
Implementing specialized programs (drug courts, gang units, internet crime enforcement units, sex offender management);
Building or improving facilities (courthouses, residential or day treatment centers, jails, detention centers, state of the art laboratories);
Making greater use of technology by developing new user-friendly systems, integrating stand-alone data silos, and purchasing equipment to allow for high-tech processing of evidence; and
Supplying the system with needed resources.
In addition those challenges, governors, legislators and members of the public want to know tax dollars are well-spent and responsibly used. Priorities must be set so the limited resources that are available are allocated wisely.
Program Management Topics
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