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