The Byrne Justice Assistance Grant program (Byrne JAG) is the nation’s cornerstone crime-fighting program, supporting the federal government’s crucial role in spurring innovation, as well as testing and replicating evidence-based practices in crime control and prevention nationwide. (See also our section on Byrne JAG). Byrne JAG’s hallmark is its flexibility. States; localities and tribal nations are able to deploy Byrne JAG funding against their most pressing public safety challenges. It allows communities to design complete programs, fill gaps, leverage other resources, and work across city, county and state lines. Byrne JAG funds can be used across the criminal justice system – for prevention, enforcement, courts, prosecution and defense, corrections, victim assistance, and other community-based support. Only when the criminal justice system is in balance can it function fairly, efficiently and cost effectively.
State Administering Agencies (SAA) conduct coordinated and transparent strategic planning and implement structural reforms that improve the administration of justice, while saving taxpayer money. With a structure and process that varies by state, SAAs use strategic planning to analyze crime trends, evaluate the priorities of all segments of the criminal justice system, set out a plan for reducing crime and victimization, and guide the use of the grant funds. SAAs are supported in this strategic planning by peer-to-peer technical assistance.
The Department of Justice encourages states and territories to use JAG funding in support of their existing statewide strategic plan. As specified in state Byrne JAG solicitations, statewide strategic plans should describe the state's strategic planning process that guides its priorities and funding strategy and should include a description of how local communities are engaged in the planning process and the data and analysis utilized to support the plan. It should also identify the stakeholders currently participating in the strategic planning process, the gaps in the state's needed resources for criminal justice purposes, and how JAG funds will be coordinated with state and related justice funds.
Click below to view Byrne JAG strategic plans for all 50 states, 5 territories, and Washington, DC: