Byrne JAG funds support a statewide Drug and Violent Crime Task Force run out of the State Division of Criminal Investigation. The task force leverages statewide resources to focus on heroin and methamphetamine as well as homicide and violent crime cases that smaller and more rural jurisdictions are not equipped to investigate.
MJTF; Violence; Policing; Police; Law Enforcement
Byrne JAG funds support a prosecution team within the Attorney General’s Office to work on drug and violent crime cases. The prosecution team also works with other state and local law enforcement agencies on related cases.
Violence; Prosecutor; Court; Courts; Judicial; Judiciary; Police; Policing; Collaboration
Byrne JAG funds were used to support the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) and the Department of Juvenile Justice to come into compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards by establishing a zero-tolerance culture for sexual abuse through their Advocacy Project. This project allows inmates access to outside confidential support services. SCDC continues to provide multi-facility, interdepartmental services to inmate victims, while addressing the specific requirements of PREA standards that are crucial to support inmates during sexual assault crises.
State Agency Administrator: South Carolina Office of Highway Safety and Justice Programs
(PREA Advocacy Manual) South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault (Enhancing PREA Project, 2017)
Sex Crimes; Jails; Incarceration
Byrne JAG funds support three School Resource Officers (SROs) located in middle and high schools in Lexington County, Richland County, and the Town of Ninety-Six. SROs maintain a safe and secure environment on the school campus to foster an educationally stimulating atmosphere and help prevent criminal activities and disturbances. Positive attitudes towards law enforcement are promoted and students are informed of their rights and responsibilities as lawful citizens. "The School Resource Officer is a part of a joint effort by the schools and police departments statewide and nationwide to provide a safe outreach for students and parents. The School Resource Officer is posted in the high school and works directly with teachers and students to develop a strong community relationship, as well as provide a positive foundation and guidance for the student body. The SRO program combines the goals and outreach of the SRO, School Administrators, Teachers, School Board Members, Community Leaders and PTOs, as well as educational programs such as Drug Awareness programs."
Campus; Policing; Juveniles; School Safety
Byrne JAG funds support the State Police Neighborhood Response Team. State police work in collaboration with the cities of Providence and Central Falls to patrol high crime areas and reduce the rate of gang activity, gun violence and drug trafficking.
State Agency Administrator: Rhode Island Public Safety Grant Administration Office
Crime Prevention; Police; Community Policing; Violent Crime
Byrne JAG funds support the Rhode Island Family Court, Mental Health Clinic. The clinic provides juveniles with routine evaluations following referral and emergency same-day evaluations by an on-call clinician.
Families; Specialty Courts; Juveniles; Mental Illness; Behavioral Health
Byrne JAG funds support the Rhode Island Attorney Generals Drug Court Project. Funding is used to support a prosecutor from the Narcotics and Organized Crime Unit for new and existing clients who are accepted into the Drug Court Program. Once a defendant is referred to the Drug Court, an assessment is conducted; the defendant is referred to a substance abuse treatment provider who develops an individual treatment plan.
Defense; Indigent; Diversion; Judicial; Judiciary; Addiction
In conjunction with other federal and state funding, Byrne JAG funds support the Domestic Violence Unit in the data collection and entry of police arrest forms and the preparation and dissemination various domestic violence, sexual assault and child molestation reports to state, municipal and private victim service agencies.
Data; Policing; Law Enforcement; Sex Crimes; Courts; Judicial; Judiciary
In Rhode Island, Byrne JAG funds helped support the establishment of a Laboratory Information Management System. The system is a secure website used by police departments to submit evidence to the University of Rhode Island Crime Laboratory.
Technology; Data; Forensics; Policing; Law Enforcement
Byrne JAG funds support the Rhode Island Family Reunification program through the Department of Corrections. This evidence-based program works to increase the ability of incarcerated parents to engage with their children and provides them with the skills necessary to deal with challenges upon release.
(Press Release): Federal Funding Allows RIDOC to Focus on Fathers (2011)
Recidivism; Reentry; Corrections; Jails; Prisons; Incarceration; Families