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The Impact of Byrne JAG on the Criminal Justice System

Byrne JAG: Leading Change in State and Local Justice Systems

The Byrne JAG Program: Leading Change in State and Local Justice Systems paper describes how Byrne JAG is advancing policy in the different sectors and offers a variety of examples from communities across the country. 

Sorted by program area, this new document highlights the breath and wealth of Byrne JAG-funded investments across every sector of the justice system and includes programmatic examples from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. 

In addition, a one-page fact sheet provides the background of the Byrne JAG program and explains how the program is administered

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Cornerstone for Justice

In May 2011, NCJA published Cornerstone for Justice: Byrne JAG and its Impact on the Criminal Justice System. This report explores innovations across the criminal justice system through the lens of the Byrne JAG program. It discusses current trends in law enforcement, courts, information technology, community corrections and reentry policy, substance abuse prevention and treatment, victims support, and juvenile delinquency prevention, while highlighting program data and examples of innovation from states across the country.

Promoting System Change

Using Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) funds, State Administering Agencies in nearly every state have made remarkable strides in broadening stakeholder involvement, developing statewide strategic plans, and funding evidence-based and data-generating projects, all for the purpose of improving the justice system and reducing crime. The 2013 NCJA report, The Impact of the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Program: How Byrne JAG is Changing the Criminal Justice System, highlights the work done in the states to affect real and lasting change in their criminal justice systems.

Byrne JAG Success Stories

The Bureau of Justice Assistance's JAG Success Stories was designed to identify and highlight JAG projects that have demonstrated success or shown promise in reducing crime and positively impacting communities. The BJA has now expanded the concept of the JAG Showcase to other BJA grant programs and created a new BJA Success Story web page. This new web page will be a valuable resource for states, localities, territories, tribes, and criminal justice professionals who seek to identify and learn about JAG and other successful BJA-funded projects linked to innovation, crime reduction, evidence-based practices, etc. 

This page was created with the support of Grant No. 2016-DP-BX-K002 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the SMART Office, and the Office for Victims of Crime. Points of view or opinions are those of the authors.

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