Alabama A Cut Above the Rest Training Facility 

 

Program Description

In Alabama, Byrne JAG funding supports the partnership between the City of Montgomery and A Cut Above the Rest Training Facility (CARTF). Founded in 2012, CARTF expands the capacity to train ex-offenders and other hard-to-place workers for employment in construction industry jobs by providing them with nationally recognized craft skill training credentials. This program is essential for helping reduce high recidivism rates among ex-offenders in Alabama, as well as removing barriers to successful reentry by providing education and vocational opportunities.

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Additional Resources

(News Article): “Cut Above the Rest Program Graduates Eighth Class” (2016)

 

Alabama Drug Enforcement Task Force 

 

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support the Alabama Drug Enforcement Task Force (ADETF). ADETF was created through a partnership between Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) and local law enforcement agencies. The ADETF began in October 2016. Seven Multi-jurisdictional regional drug task forces work to break down the barriers between interstate jurisdictions to combat  narcotics related crimes and drug trafficking organizations. 

 

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Alaska Multi-jurisdictional Task Force and Prosecution Program 

 

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support Alaska's Statewide Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force and Prosecution program, which is a cooperative law enforcement and prosecution effort involving several criminal justice agencies with jurisdiction over different areas of the state, sharing the common goal of addressing illegal drugs and alcohol and violent crime problems in the state. The program enables law enforcement and prosecution agencies in different jurisdictions to work together as a single entity with the ability to improve communication, share intelligence, and coordinate activities. This allows for more efficient use of resources and targeting of offenders whose activities cross jurisdictional boundaries. Alaska also provides a large state share of funding to support this program effort. 

Agency Information

State Administering Agency: Alaska Department of Public Safety

Additional Resource(s)

(Program Narrative): Alaska MJTF and Prosecution Program (2014)

 

Arizona Criminal Justice Records Improvement Projects 

Program Description

The Arizona Criminal Justice Commission set aside five percent of its Byrne JAG funding for criminal justice records improvement projects. These projects support criminal history records improvement and information sharing under an approved strategic plan. In FY 2016, funding was provided to support the use of biometric fingerprint technology to capture fingerprints in courtrooms, and to begin implementation of mobile fingerprint technology for all criminal courtrooms in the state.

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Arizona Forensics Projects 

Program Descriptions

In Arizona, Byrne JAG funds helped support forensic projects, which analyzed 15,850 samples, providing court testimony 167 times and adjudication project efforts resulted in 2,940 probationers served, including 1,960 that received drug treatment, and provided legal services to more than 924 indigent defendants.

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Arizona Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force

Program Description 

In Arizona, Byrne JAG funds support Multi-jurisdictional task forces (MJTFs) and drug-related projects. AZ’s implementation of MJTFs includes a tandem prosecutor component, forensic drug analysis support, and adjudication projects. Arizona’s approach to funding and monitoring the performance of MJTFs and other drug control projects is consistent with a research-based framework that evaluates performance and effectiveness. In 2016, these efforts led to 4,786 drug-related arrests, the seizure of illicit drugs in excess of $154 million and 479 weapons. Drug prosecutors secured over 20,200 convictions, with 58 percent sentenced to probation and 24 percent to a term of incarceration.

Agency Information

State Agency Administrator: Arizona Criminal Justice Commission

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Arkansas Multi-jurisdictional Drug Task Forces 

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds in Arkansas support a statewide network of 19 multi-jurisdictional drug task forces. Byrne JAG funds are combined with dedicated state funding (40 percent Byrne JAG/ 60 percent state funds) to support task force operations in 67 of the 75 Arkansas counties.  Drug enforcement efforts in Arkansas are focused primarily on methamphetamine, marijuana, prescription/opioid drugs and heroin interdictions and eradications. Each of the 19 Task forces are required to have a memorandum of understanding (MOU) and a governing board that helps direct the work of each Task force and provides investigative oversight when appropriate. 

Agency Information

State Agency Administrator: Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration

 

 

Atlantic City Organized Crime Task Force 

 

Program Description

In New Jersey, Byrne JAG funds support the Atlantic City Organized Crime Task Force, which directly supports and supplements local law enforcement activities within the Tourism District by focusing, through intelligence-led policing, on the interdiction, apprehension and prosecution of gang members, weapons traffickers and narcotics distributors.

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Aurora's Gang Reduction Impact Program, Gang Prevention Project 

 

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support the Aurora Police Department (APD) in implementing a gang prevention project under Aurora’s Gang Reduction Impact Program. The project decreases the attractiveness of gangs by building positive relationships between target area youth/parents and the APD, reducing risk factors for gang members and increases protections.

 

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Baltimore City's Reducing Violent Crime Program 

 

Program Description

In Maryland, Byrne JAG funds support the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City’s Reducing Violent Crime program. This program improves the ability to analyze, map and target opioid trafficking in Baltimore City and prosecute repeat violent juvenile offenders.

 

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Baltimore County District Court's Reentry Services Program 

 

Program Description

Byrne JAG funding supports the Baltimore City District Court’s Re-Entry Services program, which helps reduce existing gaps in services and fosters collaboration and cooperation among partner agencies and stakeholders throughout Maryland. The program works to reduce recidivism in Baltimore City by connecting residents with job opportunities and educational training programs.

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Baltimore Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion Program 

 

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support Behavioral Health System Baltimore’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program works in collaboration with law enforcement to connect participants, who have substance-use disorders and mental health conditions, with intensive treatment. Case managers also work closely with community-based organizations and other local authorities to coordinate participants’ care across jurisdictions. The program helps to decrease criminal justice system utilization and improve relations between law enforcement and community members.

 

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Barnstable House of Corrections Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program 

 

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds in Massachusetts support workforce development and reentry planning within the Barnstable House of Corrections’ Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program. Specifically, funds support staff within the Prison Industries Program (PIP) to provide vocational and educational work opportunities for offenders. The program provides inmates with skills that will increase their employment opportunities upon release while giving them the opportunity to partially support themselves and their families while incarcerated. As part of this effort, PIP staff work with businesses in Barnstable County to assist with job placement, retention and ongoing support for both the business and the offender. 

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Additional Resource(s)

(News Article): From Incarceration to Treatment (CapeCod Times, 2015)

Broward County Juveniles Diversionary Services 

Program Description

In Broward County, Byrne JAG funds are being used to support comprehensive diversionary program services targeted toward juvenile offenders or young people who are at-risk of entering the criminal justice system. These services include counseling, supportive intervention and life skills training.

Agency Information

State Agency Administrator: Florida Department of Law Enforcement

Additional Resource(s)

(Work Plan): Broward County Juvenile Detention Initiatives Program (2018)

 

 

Butte County Young Adult Reentry Services 

 

Program Description

Butte County identifies young adult offenders, 16-24 years of ages, scheduled to re-enter communities, whether released on parole, probation, upon completion of a terminal sentence or alternative custody supervision. Services are intended to prevent gang involvement, reduce substance abuse, juvenile delinquency and recidivism. Participants are placed into community supervision coupled with other evidence-based and age-appropriate treatment services, along with an educational and vocational training program.

 

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Calaveras County Sheriff's Office Community Engagement Initiative 

 

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds helped support Calaveras County in implementing initiatives such as, Life Skills Training, DEA Take Back events, the High Point Drug Market Intervention, enhanced assistance to drug-endangered children, and a Community-Oriented Controlled Substances Law Enforcement program toward the end goal of meeting the community’s substance and drug enforcement needs.

 

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City of Malden Teen Violence Prevention Initiative 

 

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds in Massachusetts support multiple crime prevention projects in the City of Malden, including a teen dating violence prevention and awareness initiative through the YWCA and a teen violence reduction initiative through the YMCA.

 

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City of Westland Student Learning Lab 

 

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds in Michigan support the City of Westland, Department of Housing and Community Development, the Westland Police Department and other stakeholders, in creating and staffing a student learning lab for K-12 tutoring in an at-risk neighborhood. The Learning Lab provides blended learning and the students are able to work at their own pace in order to foster autonomous work. 

 

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Colorado Addict 2 Athlete Program

 

Program Description 

In Colorado, Byrne JAG is used to support the 10th Judicial District’s Addict 2 Athlete (A2A) Program which utilizes an innovative approach to reducing recidivism. A2A is based on the core principles of pro-social services by active engagement of individuals in a structured eight-week exercise and learning program that includes substance abuse education, cognitive restructuring, life skills, and development of biological, sociological, and environmental strategies essential in helping individuals abstain from self-damaging behavior.

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Colorado Office of the Independent Monitor Youth Outreach Parent Track Project 

 

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support the Office of the Independent Monitor's Youth Outreach Parent Track Project. Project Parent Track has three primary goals: (1) to improve youth’s confidence and ability to have positive interactions with law enforcement by giving parents tools to support their children, including training on proper police practice, common laws related to youth and constitutional rights; (2) to increase parental trust of law enforcement; and (3) to increase Denver police officers’ understanding of community concerns through facilitated dialogue with parents. The Youth Outreach Project serves over 1,000 youth, community members, and officers per year.

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Colorado Project Wellness 

 

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support Project Wellness, a diversion opportunity offered by the 1st Judicial District Juvenile Mental Health Court. This program serves high-risk, high-need juveniles who are involved in justice system and have been diagnosed with a serious and persistent mental illness. Project Wellness works to reduce recidivism by using a multidisciplinary approach and allowing a designated coordinator to ensure adherence to evidence-based practices.

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Connecticut Department of Corrections Women's Supervision and Treatment Model Upgrade 

 

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds initially supported the Connecticut Department of Corrections in the development of a new supervision model for the state women’s prison, York Corrections Institution. Byrne JAG funding was used to develop training curricula, along with services to support a trauma informed and recovery-oriented supervision and treatment model for female offenders. The new curricula developed with the help of Byrne JAG funds resulted in reduction in length of stay and generated cost savings. 

 

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Connecticut Young Adult Offender Unit Housing Project 

 

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds initially supported the Young Adult Offender Unit, a new housing project within a state prison to service young adult offenders between the ages of 18 and 25. The mission of the Unit is to incorporate progressive correctional practices and re-entry strategies that help young adult offenders acquire and maintain the necessary skills to become successful and law-abiding members of society. Funds were used to support the development of a customized training curriculum targeted to corrections officers who are supervising and staffing the new unit. The curriculum is based on a new model for supervising young offenders with a greater focus on skills development and mental health issues and builds a team approach to the corrections process.

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Additional Resources

(Press Release) Gov. Malloy Announces Opening of State’s New Corrections Unit Exclusively for Young Adult Offenders (2017)

(News Article) “To focus on young adults who are in prison is very cutting edge" (The CT. Mirror, 2017)

Connecticut's Medicated Assisted Treatment Program 

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support Connecticut’s Medicated Assisted Treatment (MAT) program, which uses FDA-approved medications in combination with evidence-based behavioral therapies to provide a whole-patient approach to treating substance use disorders. The MAT program is currently operating in two jail facilities, the New Haven Correctional and Bridgeport Correctional Centers. The program targets pre-trial detainees and inmates battling substance use disorders to reduce the risk of recidivism and help control spending within the criminal justice system.

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Contra Costa County Youth Justice Initiative 

 

Program Description

Contra Costa County has used Byrne JAG funds to support the implementation of the Youth Justice Initiative, a project devoted to advancing optimal outcomes for at-risk youth and youth involved in the juvenile justice system. The School Success Team advances school-wide prevention and intervention initiatives for some of the County’s highest-risk students, beginning with a pilot middle-school in the Antioch School District. The Reentry Success Team provides comprehensive post-dispositional advocacy and reentry services to improve outcomes and reduce recidivism for juvenile probationers throughout the county.

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Cook County Support Services 

 

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds in Illinois help support the Cook County Department of Corrections in partnership with Be Well Partners in Health Partnership. This coordinated effort works to connect detainees with serious mental illness with the proper resources in their communities.

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Cure Violence New York SNUG Program 

 

Program Description

Funds support the New York State SNUG (guns spelled backwards) program. An evidence-based, street outreach program based on the Cure Violence Model in Chicago, the New York State SNUG program utilizes a public health approach to gun violence, treating it like a disease by identifying its causes and interrupting its transmission. Operation SNUG is run out of New York’s Department of Criminal Justice Services which administers state funding for 11 SNUG programs in across the state, and also provides training, technical assistance and general program oversight. Byrne JAG funding was used to employ a statewide SNUG program coordinator and a statewide training director.

 

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Additional Resources

(News Article): SNUG program aims to stop city gun violence (Poughkeepsie Journal, 2017)

(News Article): State Providing $17.8 MILLION to Help Reduce Gun-Related Violence (News Channel 2, 2018)

 

 

DC Access Youth's Restorative Justice in Schools Program 

 

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support Access Youth’s Restorative Justice in Schools Program, which provides early intervention and support to 75 DC Public High School DCPS students at risk of suspension, arrest, and court referral, with the goal of improving their engagement in school, and reducing the likelihood of delinquency and justice system involvement. Program activities include direct services to youth as well as program supervision and support such as managing intake from schools, conducting mediation and restorative conferences, and providing training/life skills sessions.

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DC Building Capacity for Performance Measurement and Evaluation Project 

 

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support the Building Capacity for Performance Measurement and Evaluation (BCPME) Project. The Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA) was funded to build the BCPME project with multiple-years of Byrne JAG funding.  The BCPME project provides process evaluation services to District of Columbia Reentry Coalition (DCRC) grantees, and builds out a web-based, case management systems (Efforts to Outcomes-ETO) for reentry grantees to be able to serve specific target populations. Based on the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Self-sufficiency Matrix domains, JRSA helped grantees to: maximize collaboration among providers, share data in order to address service gaps, and serve clients holistically while maintaining the individual strengths of a diverse set of partners.

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Delaware Implicit Bias Training 

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support a one day implicit bias training featuring Dr. Bryant Marks, a leading expert on implicit bias who has given lectures on the topic across the country, including at the White House. The training was delivered to 100 people, with representation from State law enforcement, the Department of Corrections, the Department of Justice, the Department of Safety and Homeland Security and the Governor's Office. 

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