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BJA FY 23 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG)

Award Information

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Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $1,835,074)

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) is a leading source of federal criminal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions. The program provides states, tribes, and local governments with funding to support an array of program areas. Several US Department of Justice (US DOJ) formula grants — including Byrne JAG — are awarded directly to state governments, which then set priorities and allocate funds to subrecipients. The work generally is carried out by state administering agencies (SAAs), which in Connecticut is the Office of Policy and Management Criminal Justice Policy and Planning Division (OPM CJPPD). OPM CJPPD’s location within the state’s budget and planning agency positions it to coordinate Byrne JAG program activities with other federal and state initiatives.

OPM CJPPD will be seeking to fund projects under the following program areas:

Prevention and education programs, with a focus on the advancing racial equity and support for underserved communities, and community-based violence intervention approaches area of emphasis.
Fill service gaps and pilot innovative approaches to prevent future victimization or contact with the criminal justice system.
Strengthen partnerships with public health and social service agencies as well as nonprofit organizations to prevent future victimization or contact with the criminal justice system.

Law enforcement programs, with a focus on the crime and violence reduction strategies area of emphasis.
Support multi-jurisdictional strategies to prevent and reduce crime.
Enhance data-driven crime-reduction strategies addressing public-safety challenges.

Corrections, community corrections and reentry programs, with a focus on the advancing justice system reform efforts area of emphasis.
Provide swift connection to meaningful supervision and treatment informed by risk, need, and responsivity factors.
Overcome barriers to success for people returning to communities following incarceration.
Strengthen partnerships with victim service providers, including enhancements to victim safety planning

Planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs, with a focus on the preventing and combatting hate crimes area of emphasis.
Invest in technological initiatives to improve criminal justice data capacity and analysis.
Augment criminal justice planning efforts with data analysis and evaluation.

Date Created: September 22, 2023