Byrne JAG funds support the Utah Indigent Defense Commission (IDC), in partnership with the RAND Corporation, in conducting a study to determine the appropriate numerical caseload standards for adult criminal, juvenile delinquency, child welfare and termination, and appellate cases for providers of indigent legal representation in Utah. The study will result in the production of both recommended caseload standards for defense providers and a set of recommended weights for those cases.
Research; Evaluation; Case Management
Byrne JAG funds provide support for state and local law enforcement agencies. The goal of these awards is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of law enforcement agencies throughout the state of Utah. Grant funding provides support for training assistance, and the procurement of equipment and supples in an effort to improve agency operations. The Utah SAA notified 110 agencies regarding awards and provided grants to 68 law enforcement agencies, including 10 college campus police departments. All 68 agencies were offered a JAG Block Grant of $3,150 or more.
State Agency Administrator: Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice
Police; Policing; Officer; Technology; TTA; Operations
Byrne JAG funds support the Community Conferencing Center Restorative Practices Program. The program engages community members, to increase availability and utilization of community conferencing and related services for Baltimore City. The program's activity provides a voice in the justice process for those harmed by crime. Specifically, this Restorative Practices program directly engages offenders so they see firsthand how their criminal actions have affected the community. This occurs in a professional environment and in coordination with the community, allowing victims to break from their trauma.
State Agency Administrator: Maryland Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention
Offender; Restorative Justice; Victim; Community Engagement
Byrne JAG funds support the startup of the Delaware Police Accreditation Commission (DPAC). Because the National Police Accreditation, Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) process has become so costly and time consuming for smaller departments, the state of Delaware has formed a new statewide commission to certify agencies as accredited once they have met the required standards. Funding also supports an accreditation manager position to assist smaller agencies with the process, allowing them to avoid assigning agency personnel to the task and more effectively allocate their resources.
State Agency Administrator: Delaware Criminal Justice Council
Police; Policing; Local Law Enforcement
Byrne JAG funds support a one day implicit bias training featuring Dr. Bryant Marks, a leading expert on implicit bias who has given lectures on the topic across the country, including at the White House. The training was delivered to 100 people, with representation from State law enforcement, the Department of Corrections, the Department of Justice, the Department of Safety and Homeland Security and the Governor's Office.
Training; Officer; Policing; Police
Byrne JAG supports technology enhancement project by providing funding to 16 local agencies throughout the state. The intent of this program area is to assist local communities in improving or maintaining local criminal justice efforts to effectively address crime. These projects demonstrate increased efficiency, safety and cost effectiveness. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to: digital mapping/global positioning, interoperability, cyber-crime, identity theft, predictive analysis, collection and preservation of evidence, live scan portable fingerprint scanners, application and program integration to assist with records management, reporting systems, use of video, safety enhancements, portable alarms, accident and crime scene reconstruction technology, electronic ticket and crash reporting systems, and computer aided dispatch.
State Agency Administrator: Michigan Department of State Police, Division of Grants and Community Services
Information Sharing; Data; Community; Law Enforcement
Byrne JAG funds support the Prosecuting Attorneys Coordinating Council by funding a portion of the NextGen Case Management System. This system will provide Michigan's prosecutors and other criminal justice stakeholders with a secure, efficient and technologically modern case and content management system for adult and juvenile case tracking. It will significantly enhance efficiency, replacing the current 30-year-old legacy system now used throughout the state.
Information Sharing; Data; Case Management
The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission (MIDC) was awarded Byrne JAG funding to pilot a unique trial simulation program where inexperienced attorneys can become qualified through mock trial exercises. To ensure that indigent accused receive effective assistance of counsel, a proposed MIDC standard requires attorneys providing defense services to meet minimum qualification. The standard is a tiered system which matches experience with case assignments.
Indigents; Defenders; Court; Courts
The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission (MIDC) was awarded Byrne JAG funding to pilot a unique trial simulation program where inexperienced attorneys can become qualified through mock trial exercises. To ensure that indigent accused receive effective assistance of counsel, an MIDC proposed standard requires attorneys providing defense services to meet minimum qualifications. The standard is a tiered system matching experience with case assignments.
Defender; Indigents; Court; Courts
In Los Angeles County, Byrne JAG funds support the Public Defender's Jail Mental Health Liaison program. The goal of this program is to provide a link between the lawyer and their most severely mentally ill clients who are housed in county jail. This allows for critical and emergent issues to be address quickly, effectively, and humanely. This program provides a licensed clinical social worker with direct access to the county jail's mentally ill population to ensure they receive the correct medications, interventions and alternatives to incarceration. Beginning in January of 2016, this program has assisted over 560 clients and connected more the 50 individuals to community mental health and reentry organizations.
Social Work; Recidivism; Behavioral Health