Acting U.S. lawyer Ellison C. Travis announced that the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) collectively awarded $ 272,998 to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, the Sheriff’s Office of the Parish of ‘Ascension and Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office. These scholarships will be used to support criminal justice initiatives that fall under one or more of the JAG’s eligible program areas, which may include multi-jurisdictional drug and gang task forces, crime prevention programs and family violence, courts, corrections, treatment, justice information sharing initiatives. , or other programs aimed at reducing crime and / or improving public / officer safety.
The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program is the primary source of federal justice funding for state and local courts. It enables states and local government units, including tribes, to support a wide range of activities to prevent and control crime according to their own state and local needs and conditions. Grant funds can be used for national and local initiatives, technical assistance, training, personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support and information systems for criminal justice, including for a or more of the following program areas: 1) law enforcement programs; 2) prosecution and court programs; 3) prevention and education programs; 4) correctional and community programs; 5) drug treatment and law enforcement programs; 6) planning, evaluation and technological improvement programs; 7) programs for victims and witnesses of crime (other than compensation); and 8) mental health and related law enforcement and remedial programs, including behavioral programs and crisis response teams.