Byrne JAG funds support thirteen multi-jurisdictional task forces that have been a pioneering initiative in the battle against violent crime and drug abuse for several years. The organized task forces are funded in part by the Byrne JAG program. West Virginia currently has one statewide task force and several local task forces, spanning five counties. The task forces are made up of officers at the local, county, state, and federal levels, allowing for more effective coordination and use of combined resources and improving public safety in the fight drugs and violent crime.
State Agency Administrator: West Virginia Division of Justice and Community Services
(Press Release): Governor Announces Justice Assistance Grant Awards (2017)
MJTF; Police; Policing; Law Enforcement; Substance Abuse; Addiction
Byrne JAG funds support Washington State’s 17 regional multi-jurisdictional drug and gang task forces support 75 percent of the state’s population. The State Administering Agency maintains quality control and conducts evaluations through a peer review evaluation process that assesses performance and offers training on best practices for task force management. An oversight board made up of representatives from the county, state and local law enforcement and prosecution helps to guide the work of each multi-agency interdiction team. These accountability standards draw upon best practices endorsed by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Justice Administration, U.S. Department of Justice.
MJTF; Gangs; Police; Policing
In Virginia, Byrne JAG funds support the continuation of the state's Juvenile Court Service Unit’s Effective Practices in Community Supervision (EPICS) program. EPICS utilizes an evidence-based model which trains probation and parole officers on the use of structured social and cognitive behavioral therapy during interactions with offenders in an effort to promote behavioral change.
(Program Webpage): Program Profile: Effective Practices in Community Supervision (National Institute of Justice, 2016)
Corrections; EBP; Behavioral Health; Training
In response to the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic, Byrne JAG funds have supported the purchase of naloxone kits for local law enforcement agencies. Qualifying law enforcement agencies must ensure officers go through the REVIVE training course offered by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services on the proper use and administration of naloxone.
State Agency Administrator: Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services
Police; Policing; Drugs; Overdose; Addiction; Substance Abuse
Byrne JAG funds support the purchase of body worn cameras in an effort to improve public safety and increase positive interactions between the police and the communities they serve. Virginia’s SAA has developed a model policy on the use of body worn cameras and made it available for use by state and local law enforcement agencies.
State Agency Administration: Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services
(Policy Overview): Virginia Police Department Body Worn Cameras Draft Policy (2017)
Technology; Officer Safety; Policing
In Vermont, Byrne JAG funding is blended with state funds to support a statewide multi-jurisdictional task force run out the Vermont State Police. Specifically, Byrne JAG funds support one Unit Supervisor State Police Sergeant position with overtime as well as a local police officer who is assigned full time to the drug task force. The task force is composed of individuals from state and local law enforcement agencies. Task force priorities include heroin, opioids, prescription drugs and crack cocaine interdiction. Additionally, Byrne JAG funding is used for direct task force operating expenses.
MJTF; Police; Policing
Byrne JAG funds were used to support the Utah Department of Public Safety’s efforts to improve the Concealed Firearms Permit (CFP) screening process. Developers have written software capable of running nightly checks on CFP holders against the FBI’s NICS query. This National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) search checks the NCIC Wanted Person, National Criminal History File (III), and the NICS Denied Person databases. Running nightly checks reduces the risk of issuing a CFP to individuals that have committed criminal offenses outside the State of Utah.
Guns; Weapons; Criminal Histories; Information Sharing; Data
Byrne JAG funds support the Utah Board of Juvenile Justice’s Risk and Protective Factor Indicator Tool (RAPIT). Through this website, users can view charts of indicators that will be useful for planning and evaluating substance abuse and delinquency prevention activities, as well as view specific risk and protective factors. Outcomes can be viewed by grade, gender or race. In March of 2019, funding sources for this project will switch from Byrne JAG to Title II resources.
Utah Board of Juvenile Justice Risk and Protective Tool Webpage
Risk Assessment; Needs Assessment; Data; Information Sharing
Byrne JAG funds support the Utah Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI). JRI is a statewide criminal justice reform effort intended to reduce recidivism, hold offenders accountable and control corrections spending. Byrne JAG funding, in combination with other state resources, is being used to fund evidence-based supervision/ transition programs and practices implemented by the county jails to reduce recidivism and the number of offenders per capita. To qualify for this funding, county jail applicants must agree to use the statewide screening instruments with everyone charged with a class B misdemeanor offense or above. In the last 18 months, roughly 62,000 jail risk and needs screenings have been completed statewide. Currently, Byrne JAG funding for JRI screenings and screening related projects has been applied to the following counties: Emery, Sanpete, Carbon, Uintah, Washington, Duchesne, Sevier and Salt Lake.
State Agency Administrator: Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice
Reentry; Risk Assessment; Needs Assessment; Prisons; Incarceration
In Texas, Byrne JAG funds support the expansion of reentry programs that include individualized treatment and coordinated case management services. Successful reintegration is costly and challenging as high-risk individuals attempting to reintegrate into the community continue to bounce back and forth between disconnected service providers, with little coordination, leading to an increased risk of reoffending.
State Agency Administrator: Texas Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division
Recidivism; Corrections; Jails; Prisons; Offender Services