Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Formula Grant (JAG)

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program is a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA).  The Hawaii Department of the Attorney General, Grants & Planning Branch, is the State Administering Agency (SAA) for JAG funds.  JAG can be utilized for state and local initiatives, technical assistance, strategic planning, research and evaluation (including forensics), data collection, training, personnel, equipment, forensic laboratories, supplies, contractual support, and criminal justice information systems that will improve and enhance the criminal justice system. 


 

JAG FEDERAL PROGRAM AREAS AND STATE PRIORITY AREAS

When applying for JAG funds, applicants must address one of the following Federal Program Areas and one of the following State Priority Areas. Projects also identify if they are an Evidence-Based Initiative and/or a Multi-Agency Collaboration to Improve the Criminal Justice System.

 FEDERAL PROGRAM AREAS

  • Corrections and Community Corrections Programs
  • Drug Treatment and Enforcement Programs
  • Law Enforcement Programs
  • Mental Health Programs
  • Planning, Evaluation, and Technology Improvement Programs
  • Prevention and Education Programs
  • Prosecution and Court Programs

STATE PRIORITY AREAS

  • Drug Threats and Drug Related Crime
              Reducing drug threats and drug related crimes
  • Juvenile Offenses
  •           Reducing juvenile offenses utilizing a coordinated response
  • Language Access
  •           Improving language access within the CJS
  • Property Crime
  •           Reducing property crime
  • Recidivism and Reentry Efforts
  •           Reducing recidivism rates or improving reentry efforts
  • Technological Improvement
  •           Improving forensic science capabilities
  • Technological Improvement
  •           Improving records management systems and integrated justice information sharing
  • Violent Crimes
  •          A comprehensive response to sex assault or elder abuse

 


ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS

State and local government agencies.


APPLICATION AND AWARDS

Below is a copy of the State of Hawaii FY 2016 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program application and a list of the FY 2016 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant sub-grantee awards.

State of Hawaii FY 2016 JAG Application

 

FY 2016 JAG SUB-GRANTEE AWARDS

Agency Awarded

Title of Application

Award

Hawaii Police Department

Statewide Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force

$45,334

Kauai Police Department

Statewide Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force

$46,375

Maui Police Department

Statewide Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force

$46,599

Department of Public Safety

Statewide Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force

$40,781

Honolulu Police Department

Statewide Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force

$46,497

Honolulu Police Department

Drug Analysis Laboratory Sustainability

$147,000

Kauai Prosecutor’s Office

Sexual Assault Prosecution Unit – Continuation

$135,285

Kauai Prosecutor’s Office

Drug Nuisance Abatement Unit (County of Kauai) – Continuation

$113,240

Office of Youth Services

Pono Lokahi Training and Technical Assistance

$155,549

The Judiciary — First Circuit Court

EBP for Justice Involved Mentally Ill Offenders

$27,426*

*supported with FY 2014 grant funds

 


STRATEGIC PLAN

Effective with the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) award, SAAs are to develop a multi-year statewide strategy to ensure coordination and a more effective functioning of the criminal justice system.  JAG funds are intended to supplement, not supplant, non-Federal funds that would otherwise be available for activities under the JAG program.  Below is the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Strategic Plan for FY 2015-2018: Creating Safer Communities.

Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Strategic Plan for FY 2015-2018:  Creating Safer Communities

A three-step process was used to develop the FY 2015-2018 plan.  The steps included surveying criminal justice professionals and other stakeholders, discussing Federal Program Areas and State Priority Areas with the Governor’s Committee on Crime (GCOC), and gathering data and information to support the plan. The following is the Executive Summary Report from the 2014 JAG Stakeholder Survey:

2014 JAG Stakeholder Survey:  Executive Summary Report


RELATED TRAININGS & EVENTS

  • JAG Focus Groups held on June 12-20, 2018:
      • June 12:  City and County of Honolulu
      • June 13:  Kauai County
      • June 15:  Maui County
      • June 18:  Hawaii County – Hilo
      • June 19:  Hawaii County – Kona
      • June 20: State Representatives

 


REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

JAG recipients are required to submit the following reports:

Program Reporting

Fiscal Reporting

JAG FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


JAG FORMS

JAG INFORMATION LINKS


FEDERALLY MANDATED REDUCTIONS/PENALTIES

The JAG program has been subjected to several unfunded federal mandates. If States are unable to meet these mandates, then their respective JAG awards are reduced as stipulated by the mandate. There are two mandates that have a financial impact on the JAG grant for Hawaii: the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) and Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). The penalties only impact the state portion of the JAG award.

SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION AND NOTIFICATION ACT (SORNA)

SORNA, Title I of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-248) “provides a comprehensive set of minimum standard for sex offender registration and notification in the United States. SORNA aims to close potential gaps and loopholes that existed under prior law and generally strengthen the nationwide network of sex offender registration and notification programs”. The Act established a 10% penalty in JAG funding for jurisdictions that failed to “substantially implement” SORNA by July 27, 2011. Non-compliant states may request for penalized funds to be reallocated back to the state to work towards compliance. The penalty was first applied to the FY 2012 JAG award.

 

PRISON RAPE ELIMINATION ACT

The PREA of 2003 (Public Law 108-79) was created to prevent, detect, and respond to sexual abuse in confinement facilities, including: prisons, jails, juvenile facilities, lockups, and community confinements. “The purpose of the Act is to provide for the analysis of the incidence and effects of prison rape in Federal, State, and local institutions and to provide information, resources, recommendations, and funding to protect individuals from prison rape” (Prison Rape Elimination Act, 2003). The Act mandates a five percent reduction to JAG funds to non-complying States; a state whose governor does not certify fully compliance with PREA Standards. Funding reductions began with the FY 2014 JAG award. States may request a waiver to apply the penalty to cost and activities associated with meeting the Act requirements.