Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG)
CSFA Number: 546-00-2094
Agency Name
Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (546)
Agency Contact
Gregory Stevens
(312) 793-0890
Short Description
The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) was designed to streamline justice funding and grant administration. The program blended funding for Edward Byrne Memorial State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance (also known as ADAA) and Local Law Enforcement Block Grant programs to provide agencies with the flexibility to prioritize and place justice funds where they are needed most. JAG funds can be used for state and local initiatives, technical assistance, training, personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, and information systems for criminal justice for any one or more of the following purpose areas: •Law enforcement. •Prosecution and court programs. •Prevention and education programs. •Corrections and community corrections. •Drug treatment and enforcement. •Crime victim and witness initiatives. •Planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs.
Subject Area
Public Safety
Program Function
Law, Justice, and Legal Services
Enabling Legislation
Edward Byrne Memorial JAG Program awards are authorized by the 42 U.S.C. § 3751(a).
Objectives and Goals
States and territories are strongly encouraged to use JAG funding in support of their existing statewide strategic plan.Statewide strategic plans should describe the state's strategic planning process that guides its priorities and funding strategy and should include a description of how local communities are engaged in the planning process and the data and analysis utilized to support the plan. It should also identify the stakeholders currently participating in the strategic planning process, the gaps in the state's needed resources for criminal justice purposes, and how JAG funds will be coordinated with state and related justice funds. Consistent with the Authority’s Guiding and Grantmaking Principles, the Authority’s Byrne JAG activities should be structured to accomplish the following overall goal: The Authority should use research to inform grantmaking which supports programs that: 1. “Test innovative approaches to emerging problems” and build capacity for jurisdictions to adopt effective ways in which to control crime and strengthen public safety. 2. Provide a critical statewide public safety benefit. The Byrne JAG Goals outlined below were developed by Authority Board members and staff to bring future Byrne JAG funding in line with best practices in criminal justice. These goals will begin to be used to allocate resources starting in federal fiscal year 2016. While each JAG purpose area below addresses the unique needs of that sector, collectively, the goals are intended to increase public safety; sustain and strengthen the trust between the public and the justice system; fairly and effectively enforce the law; respect the constitutional rights of everyone; use the resources of the justice system to reduce risk to the community, and utilize evidence based and informed practices. Any implementation of these goals will take into account a proportional distribution of funds to all parts of the criminal justice system and respect the geographical needs across Illinois. Law Enforcement: Goal: To support law enforcement by providing them with the resources necessary to protect and serve the community through the development and implementation of datadriven, promising, or research-informed policing strategies that protect public safety and reduce crime, particularly violent crime. Prosecution, Court Programs, and Indigent Defense: Prosecution Goal: To support all public prosecutors, including appellate prosecutors, by providing the resources and training necessary to assist them in protecting public safety by holding offenders accountable while ensuring the constitutional rights of the accused and enforcing crime victims’ constitutional and statutory rights. Court Programs Goal: To support problem solving, specialty and other courts by providing resources for court programs that provide offender rehabilitation without endangering public safety and afford crime victims’ their constitutional and statutory rights. Indigent Defense Goal: To support public and appellate defenders by providing resources and training necessary to assist public and appellate defenders in protecting the fundamental rights, liberties and due process of the accused and to assist public and appellate defenders in connecting defendants with community based services when possible and appropriate in order to reduce recidivism. Prevention and Education: Goal: To provide resources for research-informed and promising strategies and programming that reduce crime and violence, mitigate its harmful effects and encourage the participation of crime victims and witnesses in the criminal justice system and in doing so strengthening communities’ capacities to learn about and to prevent crime and violence and to hold offenders accountable. Corrections and Community Corrections: Goal: To provide resources both to enhance the safety of correctional facilities, victims and the public by supporting research informed or promising behavioral change programming informed by proven risk assessment and also to service offenders with mental illness, developmental disabilities and substance use disorders in order to reduce reoffending, with an emphasis on programming that allows offenders to safely remain in their communities and to pay restitution to victims of their crimes. Drug Enforcement and Treatment Programs: Goal: To support research-informed and promising drug enforcement and treatment efforts by providing resources to programs that break the cycle of system involvement in the criminal justice system for people who abuse legal and illegal drugs and substances, that ensure the safety of the crime victim and the public, and that promote the payment of restitution to crime victims and to support evidence based programs that enhance public safety and reduce the amount of drugs and substances illegally manufactured and distributed. Crime Victim and Witness programs (other than compensation): Goal: To support crime victim and witness programs by providing resources for services that meet the financial, physical and emotional needs of crime victims and witnesses regardless of whether charges are filed, that acknowledge the importance of crime victim and witness participation in the criminal justice system, and that promote, respect and enforce the constitutional and statutory rights of crime victims. Planning, Evaluation, and Technology Improvement: Goal: To support planning, research and evaluation by providing resources for projects that examine key criminal justice topics and programs and identify research-informed and promising practices for the purposes of informing key stakeholders. To support the development of a statewide information sharing environment, through the use of Global standards, that facilities timely, accurate, and efficient exchange of operational data for criminal justice stakeholders.
Types of Assistance
Formula Grants
Uses and Restrictions
Grantees may utilize JAG funds for state and local initiatives, technical assistance, training, personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, and information systems for criminal justice, as well as research and evaluation activities that will improve or enhance law enforcement programs related to criminal justice. For Fiscal Year 2014 and prior there are no strictly prohibited expenditures; however prior approval by BJA is required to expend JAG funds on any projects and/or items listed within the JAG Waiver Required List.
Eligibility Requirements
Applicants for JAG State awards are limited to states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa. Applicants for JAG Local awards are limited to units of local government appearing on the JAG Allocations List. The full list of eligible units of local governments for the current Fiscal Year, once available.
Eligible Applicants
Government Organizations;
Assistance Consideration
JAG generally carries a matching funds requirement that 25 percent of the total program cost be borne by the grant recipient.
Post Assistance Requirements
Fiscal and data reports will be required on a monthly and/or quarterly basis.
Regulations, Guidelines, Literature
Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2017 : $6,511,233
Federal Funding
Notice of Funding Opportunities
Agency IDAward RangeApplication Range
DetailsCrime Strategy Analysis and Evaluation Program$300000 - $42405301/31/2020 - 03/02/2020 : 11:59
DetailsComprehensive Law Enforcement Response to Drugs$40000 - $70000005/01/2020 - 06/15/2020 : 11:59 pm
Agency IDGrantee NameStart DateEnd DateAmount
417709 TSCity of St. Charles04/01/201909/30/2020286,144
417707 TSCity of Zeigler04/01/201909/30/2020225,000
417723 KSCounty of Lake04/01/201909/30/2020225,000
417043 KSCook County State's Attorney's Office07/01/201906/30/2020225,000
417718 TSCounty of Vermilion04/01/201909/30/2020210,687