The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) administers numerous different grant programs to support state and local criminal justice systems. The largest of these grant programs are often federal formula grant programs like the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant program (Byrne JAG), Victims of Crime Act formula funding (VOCA), the Violence Against Women Act STOP grants (VAWA), the Residential Substance Abuse Treatment program (RSAT), the Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program and the Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) block grants which are either completely or partially administered by the state.
The level of funds administered by the state is determined through Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) formulas that look at multiple factors including population and crime statistics. In each state and territory, the executive level of government is responsible for determining which government entity is responsible for administering each of DOJ’s federal formula grant programs. Although SAAs that administer the Byrne JAG program compose NCJA’s core membership many SAAs administer multiple other federal grant programs.
DOJ State Formula Grant Programs
Fund Administration by State Agency
Click here to view a chart showing which state agencies administer specific DOJ State Formula Grant Programs.
Overall SAA Allocation of Grant Programs
The chart below illustrates the percentage of SAAs administering DOJ State Formula Grant Programs in 2011. During this time, 75 percent of Byrne JAG SAAs also administered at least three other DOJ state formula grant programs. In addition to administering the Byrne JAG program, the majority of SAAs oversee the other federal criminal justice formula grant programs. In 2011, 75 percent of SAAs administered at least four of the Department of Justice state formula grants: the Violence against Women Act (VAWA) STOP grants, Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program, Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners (RSAT) Formula Grant.