Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG)
JAG Program Background
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)
JAG Scoring Panel Rosteropens PDF file
On October 31, 2022 the BSCC held a 2023 JAG RFP Bidders’ Conference. The purpose of this conference was to provide clarity on the RFP instructions and respond to technical questions. BSCC staff cannot provide assistance nor advice on the preparation of a proposal at these conferences.
Bidders’ Conference PowerPoint Presentationopens PDF file
Recording Time Stamp Resourceopens WORD file
Bidders’ Conference FAQ Link (Updated 11/21/22)opens PDF file
2022 Multi-Year JAG State Strategy
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 was created to help identify unmet and under-served needs within the eight Program Purpose Areas established by the BJA.
The Program Purpose Areas (PPA):
- 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 considered 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.
JAG: Results of Information Gathering Process to Inform the Multi-Year JAG State Strategyopens PDF file
BSCC 2022 California JAG State Strategyopens PDF file
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 RFPopens PDF file
2019 JAG Project Summaries – PDF
2019 JAG Local Evaluation Report Webinar
Executive Steering Committee
|1||Linda Penner (Co-chair)||BSCC Board Member||Board of State and Community Corrections|
|2||Mark Delgado||Executive Director||LA County Countywide Criminal Justice Coordination Committee|
|3||Eric Durnell||Ph. D. Candidate||Social Psychology, CSU San Francisco, San Francisco County|
|4||David Fernandez||Senior Special Agent||CA Dept 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, UCLA|
|13||Charles White, Ph. D.||Director, Criminal Justice||Azusa 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 (LER). Grantees were encouraged to work with external evaluators.
BSCC Applications to BJA for Byrne JAG Funding
- 2019 Application to BJAopens PDF file
- 2018 Application to BJAopens PDF file
- 2017 Application to BJAopens PDF file
- 2016 Application to BJAopens PDF file
BJA JAG Awards to California
- Bureau of Justice Assistance: Byrne JAG Page
- 2020 Byrne JAG Program Fact Sheetopens PDF file
- 34 USC Subtitle I, CHAPTER 101, SUBCHAPTER V, Part A: Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program
- The 8 Byrne JAG Purpose Areasopens PDF file
- Byrne JAG Program Formula Explainedopens PDF file
Examples of Effective Evidence-Based Programs
For information about the JAG Grant please email:
- Ian Silva, Field Representative at Ian.Silva@bscc.ca.govcreate new email
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.
JAG Funding Opportunity
The Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) is accepting applications for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program through December 2, 2022. Approximately $47.3 million is available competitively to California’s 58 Counties. Applications must be submitted via the process described below.
- Step 1: Read the JAG Instruction Packetopens PDF file .
- Step 2: Download and complete the following required attachments. You will be prompted to upload these to the BSCC-Submittable Application.
- JAG Budget Attachmentopens EXCEL file
- Criteria for Non-Governmental Organizations Receiving BSCC Grant Fundsopens WORD file
- Project Work Planopens WORD file
- JAG Steering Committee Rosteropens WORD file
- Letter of Agreementopens WORD file (if applicable)
- Operational Agreementopens WORD file (if applicable)
- Certification of Compliance with BSCC Policies on Debarment, Fraud, Theft, and Embezzlementopens WORD file
- Sample Governing Board Resolutionopens WORD file (optional)
- Step 3: Complete the JAG Grant Program Application accessible from the BSCC-Submittable Application button below. You will be prompted to create an account on the Submittable page prior to completing the application.
- Step 4: Receive an email acknowledging submission of your application.
If you experience challenges submitting your JAG Grant Program Application, please email the BSCC at JAG2022@bscc.ca.govcreate new email.
Applicants must submit proposals before 5:00 P.M. (PST) on Friday, December 2, 2022.
Notice of 30-Day Public Comment Period for JAG Program
The Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) proposes amendments to the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) Request for Proposals (RFP) for the next round of grant funding.
Written public comment on proposed RFP changes may be submitted to the JAG inbox at: JAG2022@bscc.ca.govcreate new email from September 9, 2022-October 9, 2022. Please note that some of the content of the RFP is required by statute, regulation or state procedures and cannot be altered. In instances where the public suggests changes that cannot be made, the public comment will not be provided to the Board for consideration.
Provide public comment on the following documents:
If no substantive public comments are submitted, as determined by the Executive Steering Committee (ESC) Chair, the JAG RFP would be released on October 14, 2022. If substantive comments are received, the ESC Chair may recommend the Board consider those comments and potential revisions at the November 17, 2022 Board meeting.
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
The BSCC hosts Bidders’ Conferences to provide clarity and allow interested applicants to ask questions about the RFP instructions and process.
2019 JAG Program
- January 23, 2019 Bidders’ Conference Livestream
- 1/23/19 Bidders' Conference PowerPoint
- Rating Process Presentationopens POWERPOINT file
- 2019 RFP Budget Attachment Presentationopens POWERPOINT file
- JAG RFP Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)opens PDF file
2015 JAG Program
- FAQs Posted 11/17/14opens PDF file
- FAQs Posted 10/29/14opens PDF file
- FAQs Posted 10/14/14opens PDF file
- FAQs Posted 10/6/14opens PDF file
Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program, Funding Recommendations: Requesting Approval - PDF
- Attachment G-1: Justice Assistance Grant Scoring Panel Rosteropens PDF file
- Attachment G-2: Justice Assistance Grants Proposals Recommended for Fundingopens PDF file
- Attachment G-3: Justice Assistance Grant Proposal Summariesopens PDF file
- Attachment G-4: Justice Assistance Grant Request for Proposalsopens PDF file