Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant


The JAG program is the leading source of federal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions. The JAG Program provides states, tribes, and local governments with critical funding necessary to support a range of program areas including law enforcement, prosecution, indigent defense, courts, crime prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, planning, evaluation, technology improvement, and crime victim and witness initiatives and mental health programs and related law enforcement and corrections programs, including behavioral programs and crisis intervention teams. Read about Officer Edward R. Byrne.

The JAG Program is authorized by Title I of Public Law No. 90-351 (generally codified at 34 U.S.C. 10151-10726), including subpart 1 of part E (codified at 34 U.S.C. 10151-10158); see also 28 U.S.C. 530C (a)

As California’s adult and juvenile public safety needs evolve, the BSCC periodically assesses how grant funding should be prioritized within the federal guidelines set by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA).  A survey has been created to help identify unmet and under-served needs within the eight Program Purpose Areas established by the BJA.

The Program Purpose Areas (PPA) are:

  • PPA 1 – Law enforcement programs
  • PPA 2 – Prosecution and court programs
  • PPA 3 – Prevention and education programs
  • PPA 4 – Corrections and community corrections programs
  • PPA 5 – Drug treatment and enforcement programs
  • PPA 6 – Planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs
  • PPA 7 – Crime victim and witness programs (other than compensation)
  • PPA 8 – Mental health programs and related law enforcement and corrections programs, including behavioral programs and crisis intervention teams

The Board will consider the survey responses at its November 18, 2021 meeting for incorporation in the Request for Proposals for the October 2022 through September 2025 grant cycle.

Answers to this survey are confidential and anonymous. No effort will be made to identify any respondent.

If you are having difficulties with the survey or have any questions, please email the BSCC at JAG@bscc.ca.govcreate new email. Survey responses are due no later than 11:59 p.m. on Friday, September 24, 2021.

A link to the survey is available here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/byrnejagsurvey.

2019 JAG Request for Proposals

In April 2019, California counties responded to the  Edward Byrne Memorial JAG Program Request for Proposals (RFP) for the JAG grant cycle that runs October 2019 to September 2022.

2019 JAG Program RFP – PDF

2019 JAG Project Summaries – PDF

 

Executive Steering Committee   Printable version of the ESC Roster -  PDF

 
# Name Title Organization/Agency
1 Linda Penner (Co-chair) BSCC Board Member Board of State and Community Corrections
2 Mark Delgado Executive Director Los Angeles County's Countywide Criminal Justice Coordination Committee, Los Angeles County
3 Eric Durnell Ph. D. Candidate Social Psychology, California State University San Francisco, San Francisco County
4 David Fernandez Senior Special Agent California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations, Sacramento County
5 Robin Lipetzky Public Defender Contra Costa County
6 Lyle Martin Police Chief Bakersfield Police Department, Kern County
7 Steven Meinrath Attorney Sacramento County
8 Debbie Paolinelli Assistant County Administrative Officer Fresno County
9 Jonathan Raven Chief Deputy District Attorney Yolo County
10 Darren Thompson Sheriff-Coroner San Benito County
11 Erik Upson Police Chief Benicia Police Department, Solano County
12 Erica Webster Master's Candidate Luskin School of Public Affairs, University of California Los Angeles
13 Charles White, Ph. D. Director, Criminal Justice SAzusa Pacific University, San Diego County

2015 JAG Program

The 2015 JAG grants closed December 31, 2017.

  • 2015 Byrne JAG Request for Proposals  - PDF
  • 2015 JAG Grantee Program Descriptions - PDF
  • 2015 JAG Grantee Interactive Map
  • 2015 JAG Executive Steering Committee - PDF

Final Local Evaluation Reports

As set forth in the RFP, grantees were required to set aside grant funds (five to ten percent) for the development of a Local Evaluation Plan, data collection and a Final Local Evaluation Report. Grantees were encouraged to work with external evaluators.

Butte County
Local Evaluation Reportopens PDF file
Evaluator:Gary Bess and Associates
Calaveras County
Local Evaluation Reportopens PDF file
Evaluators:Sgt. Rachelle Whiting & Sgt. Gregory Stark
Humboldt County
Local Evaluation Reportopens PDF file
Author:Dawn Arledge, Director of Health
Kern County
Local Evaluation Reportopens PDF file
Evaluator:Transforming Local Communities, Inc.
Kings County
Local Evaluation Reportopens PDF file
Evaluator:Transforming Local Communities, Inc.
Los Angeles County
Local Evaluation Reportopens PDF file
Evaluator:Lisa M. Graziano, Ph.D. & Jane Florence Gauthier, Ph.D.
Madera County
Local Evaluation Reportopens PDF file
Evaluator:Jana Price-Sharps, EdD, Forensic Psychologist
Mendocino County
Local Evaluation Reportopens PDF file
Evaluator:Kristy Kelly, M. S., M.F.T.
Merced County
Local Evaluation Reportopens PDF file
Author:Heidi Szakala
Plumas County
Local Evaluation Reportopens PDF file
Evaluator:High Sierra Grants
City & County of San Francisco
Local Evaluation Reports
Attachment Aopens PDF file   Attachment Bopens PDF file   Final Reportopens PDF file   Outcomes Reportopens PDF file   Interim Report opens PDF file
Authors:Mika Clark & Jennifer Henderson-Frankes
Santa Cruz County
Local Evaluation Reportopens PDF file
Evaluator:Applied Survey Research
Sonoma County
Local Evaluation Reportopens PDF file
Evaluator:WestEd Associates & Assistant time
Tehama County
Local Evaluation Reportopens PDF file
Evaluator:Matt Russell, Center for Evaluation & Research
Tuolume  County
Local Evaluation Reportopens PDF file
Author:Lt. Jarrod Pippin
Ventura County
Local Evaluation Report
Evaluator:EVALCORP Research & Consulting

Related Links

 

Notice Regarding Enjoined Immigration Enforcement Conditions

For FY 2017 JAG funding, OJP sought to impose conditions related to immigration enforcement as requirements for state and local governments to receive JAG funding. On November 20, 2018, a United States District Court for the Northern District of California entered an order enjoining the enforcement of these immigration enforcement conditions. Consequently, the Bureau of Justice Assistance will not enforce these conditions against the State of California or any subrecipients that receive JAG funding through the Board of State and Community Corrections.

State of California, ex rel. Xavier Becerra, Attorney General of the State of California v. Jefferson B. Sessions III, Attorney General of the United States, et al. Amended Judgement and Orderopens PDF file

Examples of Effective Evidence-Based Programs

For information about the Adult Reentry Grant please contact

If you would like to provide public comment via email please submit to: JAG@bscc.ca.govcreate new email. All public comments will be compiled and provided to the Executive Steering Committee. The public is also welcomed to provide public comment in person at the ESC meetings. The ESC meeting dates will be posted at least ten days prior to the date of the meeting.

Bidders’ Conferences

The BSCC hosts Bidders’ Conferences to provide clarity and allow interested applicants to ask questions about the RFP instructions and process.

2019 JAG Program

2015 JAG Program: FAQs from Bidders’ Conference

 

Press Releases

  • September 2014 Press Release - PDF
  • January 2014 Press Release - PDF

 

2013 Byrne JAG Stakeholder Survey - PDF

For FY 2017 JAG funding, OJP sought to impose conditions related to immigration enforcement as requirements for state and local governments to receive JAG funding. On November 20, 2018, a United States District Court for the Northern District of California entered an order enjoining the enforcement of these immigration enforcement conditions. Consequently, the Bureau of Justice Assistance will not enforce these conditions against the State of California or any subrecipients that receive JAG funding through the Board of State and Community Corrections.