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Important Notices

Notice of Death in Custody Reporting Act (DCRA) Requirements Update: 

On October 1, 2019, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), Office of Criminal Justice Grants (OCJG), began collecting data regarding in-custody deaths in accordance with the Death in Custody Reporting Act (DCRA). The DCRA requires states and federal law enforcement agencies to report certain information to the Attorney General regarding the death of any person during interactions with law enforcement officers or while in custody.

In May of 2021, OCJG updated its questionnaire used to collect death in custody data in accordance with federal guidance. Additional information regarding DCRA reporting and the Death in Custody Questionnnaire can be found on our Forms page under Death in Custody Reporting Act (DCRA).

If you have any questions regarding submission of the questionnaire, please contact the OCJG main line at (850) 617-1250 or email criminaljustice@fdle.state.fl.us.
 

Overview

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), Office of Criminal Justice Grants (OCJG) serves as the State Administering Agency (SAA) for various federal grant programs awarded through the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP). OCJG secures, distributes and manages federal grant funds for Florida’s criminal justice community. In addition to federal funds, OCJG also administers state grants for pass-through to local law enforcement, criminal justice agencies, and some non-profits, as appropriated by the Florida Legislature.
 

Structure

OCJG is divided between two units – the Subgrant Application & Management (SAM) Unit and the Compliance Performance and Reporting (CPR) Unit. The SAM Unit serves as the primary point-of-contact for subgrantees and is responsible for all federal subgrant applications, grant adjustments, claims, financial closeouts, and program generated income (PGI) reporting. The CPR Unit is responsible for all subgrantee performance reviews, monitoring, audit reviews, subgrant closeouts, etc.
 

Services

The Office of Criminal Justice Grants aids recipients in managing their subawards. OCJG provides assistance during the application and project development phase to ensure the proposed project is allowable under the federal program. OCJG also serves recipients post-award by sending reminders of upcoming deadlines and assisting with the submission of required reports. Additionally, OCJG is responsible for ensuring recipients receive the training and technical assistance required to manage their projects.