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The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) is a national, formula-based, block-grant program administered by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP) with the goal of improving the criminal justice system. The JAG program provides funds to local and tribal units of government as well as state criminal justice agencies, to enhance initiatives in their jurisdiction.  

The federal JAG program guidelines require funding to be used in one or more of the following program areas:

  • Law Enforcement
  • Prosecution and Courts
  • Prevention and Education
  • Corrections and Community Corrections
  • Drug Treatment and Enforcement
  • Planning, Evaluation, and Technology Improvement
  • Crime Victim and Witness
  • Mental Health
The DOJ/OJP Bureau of Justice Assistance further divides these federal program areas into twelve activity areas for award performance reporting.