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Justice Reinvestment Investment and Second Chance Act Funding Announced

Under the Smart on Crime approach the Justice Department directs funding to help move the criminal justice field toward a fuller embrace of science and data. This is something the Department has taken very seriously for many years, and nowhere are these ideals more fully embodied—or more promisingly realized—than in the Justice Reinvestment Act and Second Chance Act programs.

The states that participate in Justice Reinvestment are making fundamental policy reforms that have already projected a $4.6 billion savings in taxpayer dollars over 10 years. Thanks to bipartisan support from Congress, additional funding for the Justice Reinvestment Initiative has allowed the Department to launch a new challenge grant program designed to empower states to take the next major step in their reform efforts.

On September 23, 2014, the Attorney General announced that five states—Delaware, Georgia, Louisiana, Ohio, and Oregon—have been awarded a total of $7 million in JRI grants to be used to expand pretrial reforms, scale up swift and certain sanctions, and institute evidence-based parole practices, among other programs.

Additionally, five states have been selected to receive new funding under the Second Chance Act to help reduce recidivism. Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Vermont will each be awarded $1 million to meet their recidivism reduction goals. And each will be eligible for an additional $2 million over the next two years if they do so.

Summaries of the FY 2014 JRI and all SCA grants can be found at the following links:

National Institute of Justice Made More Than 300 Awards in 2013

In fiscal year 2013, NIJ issued 43 solicitations and made just under 350 awards for approximately $144 million.

Every year, NIJ funds research, development, evaluation, testing, and training and technical assistance awards across the spectrum of criminal justice.

View a list of all fiscal year 2013 awards page.

See all of the awards made by NIJ.

Bureau of Justice Assistance Report Shows the Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program Funded Approximately $278.4 Million in 2013

This report describes the steps used in the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) formula calculation process and presents summary results of the FY 2013 formula calculations. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2005 merged two grant programs to establish the JAG program. The Bureau of Justice Assistance administers this program and the Bureau of Justice Statistics calculates the formulas. Funds are distributed to states and localities based on resident population and violent crime data reported to the FBIs Uniform Crime Reporting Program. In total, approximately $278.4 million was allocated for the FY 2013 JAG awards.

Highlights:

  • The total allocation for the 2013 JAG funding was approximately $278.4 million, of which $271.5 million went to states and $6.9 million to territories and the District of Columbia.
  • The five states with the largest total state allocations included California ($30.8 million), Texas ($21.4 million), Florida ($18.0 million), New York ($15.4 million), and Illinois ($11.2 million).
  • A total of 1,541 local governments were eligible for awards, either directly or through a joint award with other governments within their county. The five local governments eligible to receive the largest awards included New York City ($4.0 million), Chicago ($2.7 million), Philadelphia ($1.8 million), Houston ($1.7 million), and Los Angeles ($1.7 million).
  • Three states had around 100 or more local governments eligible to receive award funds either directly or through a shared award: California (221), Florida (126), and Texas (94).

Click here for the BJS 2013 JAG report.

BJA FY 2013 State and Local Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Grant (JAG) Program Solicitations and Allocations

BJA has now posted the FY 2013 State and Local Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program solicitations and allocations, along with respective application due dates, on the BJA JAG web page. BJA’s JAG Program continues to be a leading source of federal justice funding to state, local, and tribal jurisdictions and supports a range of program areas including law enforcement, prosecution and courts, prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, planning, evaluation, technology improvement, and crime victim and witness initiatives. In FY 2013, there are a total of 56 states/territories and 1,183 local applicants (accounting for disparate groupings) eligible for JAG funds, with a total of $278.39 million available (approximately $190 million to states and territories, and $88.39 million to local units of government).

To plan for your 2013 application, please ensure you have taken the following steps:

  • Check your state or jurisdiction’s FY 2013 JAG allocation on the JAG web page.
  • Review the FY 2013 solicitations and pay special attention to updated information (which has been highlighted in the table of contents) on the JAG web page.
  • Review the updated JAG FAQs, including updated guidance related to the Sex Offender Notification Act (SORNA) penalty.
  • Review the JAG Technical Report.
  • Review the updated JAG Fact Sheet.

BJA has identified reducing gun violence, recidivism reduction and justice system realignment, indigent defense, and evidence-based “smart” programs as key priority areas in FY 2013, and each state, territory, and local JAG recipient is invited to join BJA in addressing these challenges as a part of the JAG partnership. Refer to the FY 2013 JAG solicitations for additional information on these priority areas.
 

The JAG Program Showcase

The JAG Showcase highlights JAG projects that have demonstrated success or have shown promise in meeting the objectives and goals of JAG while positively impacting communities. Because the JAG Program provides jurisdictions with flexibility to tailor the programs to fit their needs, a wide variety of programs have been funded across the country. New success stories have recently been added, so visit BJA's JAG Showcase to learn more about successful and promising JAG-funded projects, including the Maryland Violent Offender Warrant Initiative highlighted below.

Maryland Violent Offender Warrant Initiative
At the direction of Governor Martin O'Malley, Maryland set in motion an intensified effort to arrest violent offenders wanted on open arrest warrants in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Prince George's County. Using JAG grant funding provided by the Governor's Office of Crime Control & Prevention, teams of local and state law enforcement officers worked collaboratively to aggressively target and apprehend violent offenders that prey on Maryland neighborhoods and who pose a threat to the safety and security of our citizens.

Starting in June 2011 in Baltimore City and later expanding to Prince George's County and Baltimore County, law enforcement officers were able to apprehend 2,064 offenders wanted for crimes such as murder, attempted murder, rape and other sexual assaults, child abuse, robbery, and aggravated assaults. In addition to the 2,064 offenders who were arrested, detainers were placed against 468 other offenders found to be already incarcerated

Final Reports

The JAG Program Showcase

The JAG Showcase highlights JAG projects that have demonstrated success or have shown promise in meeting the objectives and goals of JAG while positively impacting communities. Because the JAG Program provides jurisdictions with flexibility to tailor the programs to fit their needs, a wide variety of programs have been funded across the country. New success stories have recently been added, so visit BJA's JAG Showcase to learn more about successful and promising JAG-funded projects, including the Maryland Violent Offender Warrant Initiative highlighted below.

Maryland Violent Offender Warrant Initiative
At the direction of Governor Martin O'Malley, Maryland set in motion an intensified effort to arrest violent offenders wanted on open arrest warrants in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Prince George's County. Using JAG grant funding provided by the Governor's Office of Crime Control & Prevention, teams of local and state law enforcement officers worked collaboratively to aggressively target and apprehend violent offenders that prey on Maryland neighborhoods and who pose a threat to the safety and security of our citizens.

Starting in June 2011 in Baltimore City and later expanding to Prince George's County and Baltimore County, law enforcement officers were able to apprehend 2,064 offenders wanted for crimes such as murder, attempted murder, rape and other sexual assaults, child abuse, robbery, and aggravated assaults. In addition to the 2,064 offenders who were arrested, detainers were placed against 468 other offenders found to be already incarcerated

Interstate Data Sharing Becomes a Reality for Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs

BJA is pleased to announce that the Kentucky and Ohio Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) have officially launched the electronic Prescription Monitoring Information Exchange (PMIX). The goal of PMIX—made possible through funding from BJA's Harold Rogers Prescription Monitoring Program—is to help states implement a cost effective technology solution to facilitate interstate data sharing between PDMPs.

The Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting (KASPER) system and the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS) have been the leaders in testing and now implementing PMIX in collaboration with BJA, the IJIS Institute, the Alliance of States with Prescription Monitoring Programs, and other state PDMPs. PMIX, designed and implemented with the input and participation of state PDMP administrators, is an inclusive solution that enables national interoperability while remaining entirely under the control of the state PDMPs.

PMIX has delivered the tools and standards to build the capacity for states to easily and efficiently share data across state boundaries. The specific technology used significantly reduces the cost and effort that would be required to implement a communications link with every single exchange partner state. This single link allows a state PDMP to process a request for information from one of its authorized users to additional states via a single query that is seamless to the user. Throughout the transaction, the PMIX "hub" retains no prescription or confidential data whatsoever, thus protecting each state's ability to control access to its own data, as well as the privacy and confidentiality rights of data that resides within the PDMP systems.

State adoption of PMIX and thereby the ability to request data from another state, especially a border state, will help stop those who have taken advantage of the lack of information sharing across jurisdictional boundaries, and result in an enhanced and more effective tool for health care providers and law enforcement to prevent and detect prescription drug abuse through PDMPs. BJA is committed to fully implementing PMIX and ensuring state PDMPs receive funding, training, and technical assistance to expand interstate data sharing.

To learn more about PMIX and PDMPs and to request technical assistance, visit www.bja.gov/grant/prescripdrugs.html.

OJJDP Youth's Needs and Services: Findings from the Survey of Youth in Residential Placement

Bulletin: Survey of Youth in Residential Placement, April 2010, presents findings from the Survey of Youth in Residential Placement (SYRP) on how facilities have addressed youth's needs, what services youth receive, and where these services could be improved. 12 pages.  PDF (2 MB)

OJJDP Conditions of Confinement: Findings from the Survey of Youth in Residential Placement

Bulletin: Survey of Youth in Residential Placement, May 2010. Presents results from the Survey of Youth in Residential Placement (SYRP) on the characteristics of the facilities in which youth are confined and the programs provided to them. 16 pages.   PDF

OJJDP Introduction to the Survey of Youth in Residential Placement

Bulletin: Survey of Youth in Residential Placement, March 2010. Introduces the Survey of Youth in Residential Placement, reviewing its background, describing its design and methodology, discussing its strengths and limitations, and summarizing the questions it answers about the population of youth in custody. 16 pages   PDF (640 KB)  

Strategically Monitoring Sex Offenders

Accessing Community Corrections' Resources To Enhance Law Enforcement Capabilities

http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA/pdf/IACPSexOffenderCommCorr.pdf

Tracking Sex Offenders with Electronic Monitoring Technology

This project was supported by Grant No. 2006-WP-BX-K005 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the Office for Victims of Crime. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.


Bureau of Justice Statistics - National Corrections Reporting Program

"National Corrections Reporting Program, 2006" updates the electronic series of selected tables on most serious offense, sentence length, and time served of state prison admissions and releases and parole entries and discharges. The National Corrections Reporting Program collects demographic information, conviction offenses, sentence length, credited jail time, type of admission, type of release, and time served from individual prisoner records in participating jurisdictions.