Maryland Specialized Law Enforcement Training Scholarships 

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support thirty-nine specialized training scholarships were awarded to local law enforcement agencies between 2015 and 2016. Trainings included school resource officer training, cell phone technology and forensics recovery, violent crimes and terrorism trends, latent print examination, courtroom security, drug recognition training, domestic violence training and crime scene investigator training.

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Massachusetts Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence 

 

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds in Massachusetts support the Asian Taskforce Against Domestic Violence (ATASK), a teen dating violence prevention awareness campaign. Funds cover a portion of ATASK’s teen dating violence curriculum for adult professionals working with youth. The curriculum addresses dating violence warnings signs, teen attitudes towards relationships, case scenarios, myths and facts, best practices and cultural competency.

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Massachusetts Buyer Diversion Treatment Alternative Program 

 

Program Description

In Massachusetts, Byrne JAG funds support the Buyer Diversion Treatment Alternative (BDTA) program, currently operating in four counties. Funds support partnerships between each county’s District Attorney and local police departments to provide funding for treatment beds. “Funds allow the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office to engage a Licensed Clinician from Bay State Community Services who will provide clinical assessments, personalized treatment plans and intensive wrap around services for program participants.”

Agency and Program Information

Additional Resource(s)

(Press Release) Baker-Polito Administration and Norfolk County DA’s Office Announce Treatment and Diversion Partnership Pilot for Low Level Substance Misuse Offenses (2018)

 

 

Massachusetts Center for Teen Empowerment, Delinquency Prevention Initiatives 

 

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support delinquency prevention initiatives in Boston through the non-profit Center for Teen Empowerment. Funding supports programming which includes after school life skills trainings, leadership curriculum and job development trainings for youth at risk of system involvement.

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Massachusetts Residential Drug Treatment Services 

 

Program Description

In Massachusetts, Byrne JAG funds help support residential drug treatment in correctional settings. A combination of Byrne JAG and RSAT dollars provide services in 10 local jails and in one Department of Corrections facility. These services develop the inmate’s cognitive, behavioral, social, and vocational skills to solve the substance abuse problem. The Massachusetts SAA has been using Byrne JAG funds to support residential substance abuse treatment services since 2009.

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Massachusetts Senator Charles E. Shannon Jr. Community Safety Initiative 

 

Program Description

In Massachusetts, Byrne JAG funds support the implementation and evaluation of the state funded Senator Charles E. Shannon, Jr. Community Safety Initiative, which provides funding for localities to replicate the Office of Juvenile Delinquency Prevention’s Comprehensive Gang Prevention Model. After demonstrating a high level of gang violence and through a competitive grant process, funded sites develop programs designed for gang involved and high-risk youth that include outreach, education and vocational training and case management services.

Agency Information

Additional Resource(s)

(Program Overview): Senator Charles E. Shannon Jr. Community Safety Initiative Overview

 

 

Massachusetts Statistical Analysis Center Records Management 

 

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds in Massachusetts support the state’s Statistical Analysis Center (SAC), and the creation of a statewide youth gang records management system. SAC efforts focus on ensuring accurate data collection and appropriate back-end features. 

Agency Information

State Agency Administrator: Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security

 

 

Massachusetts Victims' Advocates Network 

 

Program Description

Byrne JAG supports a network of victims’ advocates in 20 courts throughout the state. Byrne JAG funds, blended with those from the Massachusetts Office of Victims Assistance, support court advocate training in helping victims navigate the paperwork associated with obtaining restraining orders, protective orders and child support orders.

Agency Information

State Agency Administrator: Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Securit

 

 

Mendocino County Behavioral Health Court 

 

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds were used in Mendocino County to develop a Behavioral Health Court (BHC) for adults in the criminal justice system. The goal of the BHC is to enhance public safety and reduce recidivism among criminal defendants with serious mental illnesses by connecting them to community treatment and ongoing court supervision. The BHC is a collaborative effort of the Ukiah and Fort Bragg Courts; the Mendocino County District Attorney’s and Public Defender’s Offices; the County Social Services Department; local law enforcement agencies; and other community organizations involved in behavioral health treatment and advocacy.

Agency and Program Information

Additional Resource(s)

(News Article): Mendocino County Ten Mile Court creates new behavioral health program (Ukiah Daily Journal, 2015)

 

Merced County Multidisciplinary Prevention and Intervention Team 

Program Description

Merced County has developed a multi-disciplinary team to provide prevention and intervention services to youth on probation with gang affiliation. The team includes a balance of justice agencies and treatment providers who work together to reduce recidivism, increase awareness and facilitate change.

Agency and Program Information

Additional Resource(s)

(Program Information): Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) Overview

 

Michigan Indigent Defense Pilot Program 

 

Program Description

The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission (MIDC) was awarded Byrne JAG funding to pilot a unique trial simulation program where inexperienced attorneys can become qualified through mock trial exercises. To ensure that indigent accused receive effective assistance of counsel, an MIDC proposed standard requires attorneys providing defense services to meet minimum qualifications. The standard is a tiered system matching experience with case assignments. 

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Michigan Multi-jurisdictional Task Forces 

 

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support 23 task forces which cover all 83 of the counties in the state. The task forces are composed of leadership from the State Police and staffed by local law enforcement from participating cities and counties. To support these multi-jurisdictional efforts, Byrne JAG funds are also used for six Michigan State Police Crime Lab personnel who work on evidence processing and case backlog reduction. Additionally, JAG funds pay for three crime analysts who help ensure information sharing across task forces, coordination across the state, and improve how and where enforcement resources are allocated. All of these efforts are focused on ensuring that investigations are targeting violent offenders.

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Michigan Secure Cities Partnership 

 

Program Description

Formerly funded by Byrne JAG, the Michigan Secure Cities Partnership (SCP) program is now supported by state and local funding. The SCP program works to reduce crime and increase public safety in 10 high-crime cities in Michigan, including Detroit, Flint, and Saginaw. The Michigan State Police (MSP) initiated direct patrols in each of the SCP cities using real-time crime data and crime analytics, which has resulted in decreased crime in the SCP cities. MSP has worked with local law enforcement to enhance their ability to use data, mapping, and analytics to inform their enforcement strategies. Byrne JAG funds were also made available for crime analysts, as well as to prosecution-led major case squads that direct prosecution and enforcement resources towards the most violent offenders in these cities.

Agency Information

Additional Resource(s)

(Program Evaluation): Michigan Secure Cities Partnership (SCP) Report (2017)

 

 

Michigan State Appellate Investigation Project 

 

Program Description

Formerly supported by Byrne JAG funds, the Michigan State Appellate Defender's Office Investigation Project is now supported by state funds. The Appellate Investigation Project provides training and investigation services to appellate-assigned counsel, who challenge unsound evidence and develop evidence that will support legal claims for exoneration or retrial. The project reaches the 75 percent of Michigan’s appellate cases that lack access to or funding for investigation.

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Michigan State Court Administrative Office of Drug Courts 

 

Program Description

Byrne JAG provides support to the State Court Administrative Office to fund 15 drug courts that target non-violent probation violators and non-violent straddle or presumptive cell felony offenders who, based on Michigan Sentencing Guidelines, are otherwise bound for prison. Drug courts offer an integrated, systematic approach to dealing with substance-abusing offenders. The drug courts are evidence-based and have been found to substantially reduce drug use and recidivism while offenders are in the program.

Agency and Program Information

 

Additional Resource(s)

Types of Michigan Drug/Problem Solving Courts

 

Michigan Statewide Juvenile-Focused Community Policing Programs 

Program Description

In Michigan, funding supports multiple juvenile-focused community policing programs across the state, which foster proactive, problem-oriented interventions to combat juvenile delinquency. As part of this effort, the County of Cheboygan, 53rd Circuit Court Family Division and Juvenile Probation collaborate to provide youth with 24/7 support, supervision, education, tools and empathy in an effort to help youth overcome their individual issues and remain in their communities.

In 2017, the Kalamazoo Police Department launched the Bridging Opportunities summer program. The goal of the initiative is to have law enforcement and community partners work together to provide at-risk-youth with engaging, high-quality program opportunities during the summer to reduce recidivism, strengthen emotional skills, improve school attendance, behavior and academic performance. 

Agency Information

State Agency Administrator: Michigan Department of State Police 
Additional Lead Agency: Kalamazoo Police Department 

 

Michigan Technology Enhancement Projects 

Program Description

Byrne JAG supports technology enhancement project by providing funding to 16 local agencies throughout the state. The intent of this program area is to assist local communities in improving or maintaining local criminal justice efforts to effectively address crime. These projects demonstrate increased efficiency, safety and cost effectiveness. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to: digital mapping/global positioning, interoperability, cyber-crime, identity theft, predictive analysis, collection and preservation of evidence, live scan portable fingerprint scanners, application and program integration to assist with records management, reporting systems, use of video, safety enhancements, portable alarms, accident and crime scene reconstruction technology, electronic ticket and crash reporting systems, and computer aided dispatch. 

Agency Information

State Agency Administrator: Michigan Department of State Police, Division of Grants and Community Services 

 

Michigan Youth Leadership Academy 

 

Program Description

The Michigan State Police (MSP), positively impacts Michigan’s impoverished cities by providing a five-day mentoring and leadership program for at-risk youth at the State Police Training Academy. Each year, between forty and sixty students, ages 15-16, from target cities in Michigan attend the Michigan Youth Leadership Academy (MiYLA™) at no cost.

 

Agency and Program Information

 

Additional Resource(s)

(News Article): Nine Teens Graduate from Youth Leadership Academy Led by Troopers (Muskegon News, 2017)

 

Michigan's Statewide Prosecutorial Technology Improvement 

 

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support the Prosecuting Attorneys Coordinating Council by funding a portion of the NextGen Case Management System. This system will provide Michigan's prosecutors and other criminal justice stakeholders with a secure, efficient and technologically modern case and content management system for adult and juvenile case tracking. It will significantly enhance efficiency, replacing the current 30-year-old legacy system now used throughout the state. 
 

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Minnesota Jail-Based Reentry Services 

 

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support four jail-based reentry programs that provide pre-release and reentry integrated mental health and substance abuse assessment, referral, case management, and/or services. One of these jail-based program, the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office, implements a Release Advance Planning (RAP) program using case planners to provide pre-release and reentry services. Success is measured, in part, by a reduction in jail bed days. Preliminary results showed an 80 percent reduction in jail bed days for those that had been out of the program one year.

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Minnesota Multi-jurisdictional Violent Crime Enforcement Teams

Program Description: 

Byrne JAG funds in Minnesota support two Multi-jurisdictional Violent Crime Enforcement Teams (VCET) that target drug distribution networks, firearm crimes, violent gang activity and other serious criminal activity. The goal of these teams is to increase the identification and arrest of high-risk offenders and enhance the amount of law enforcement expertise available statewide for complex investigations. These teams cover 11 cities, five counties and three reservations. 

Agency Information

State Agency Administrator: Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Office of Justice Programs

Additional Resource(s)

(Program Overview) Minnesota Violent Crime Enforcement Teams (VCET)

 

 

Minnesota Recidivism Reduction Programs 

 

Program Description

Byrne JAG supports eight recidivism reduction programs that provide pre-and post-release services to a variety of populations including men, women, and juveniles around the state. Programming is based on evidence-based practices and includes wrap around services, cognitive peer coaching, case management to address stable housing, mental health, substance abuse, employment, etc.

One program, the Domestic Violence Restorative Circles (DVRC) program with Men As Peacemakers addresses offenders’ issues and helps them transition back to the community through restorative justice circles, making victims and the community safer. System partners express a high degree of satisfaction with the program, feel that DVRC increases offender accountability, is responsive to the needs of victims, provides valuable information to systems partners, and seems the most impactful option available to change offender thinking and behavior. The program has been highly successful in community engagement, with 96 active volunteers. To date, no one has recidivated with a violent domestic violence offense; and only one participant violated a no contact order while in the program. 

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Mississippi Adult & Juvenile Drug Court Docket Initiative 

 

Program Description: 

In Mississippi, Byrne JAG funding supports the implementation of 12 adult and juvenile drug court dockets throughout the state and provides funding for implementation assistance that is available through The Mississippi Association of Drug Court Professionals (MADCP).  In addition to certification, MADCP ensures that the juvenile and adult dockets are implemented with fidelity to the national drug court model.

Agency and Program Information:

State Agency Administrator: Mississippi Department of Public Safety

 

Mississippi Hot Spot Policing Initiative 

 

Program Description

In Mississippi, funds support hot spot policing in the state’s mid-sized high crime cities. Byrne JAG funds go to the cities of Corinth, D’Iberville, Oxford, Jackson, Tupelo and Starkville. This funding is a continuation of an effort driven by the Department of Public Safety, the state’s SAA, as part of a multi-year funding strategy aimed at helping local law enforcement implement evidence-based policies and improve their capacity to use data in addressing public safety challenges.

Agency Information

State Agency Administrator: Mississippi Department of Public Safety

 

 

Missouri Multi-jurisdictional Drug Task Forces 

 

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support 18 multi-jurisdictional drug task forces focused on street-level and/or interdiction enforcement. Funds are used to reduce the use and availability of illegal drugs by means of covert and overt narcotic investigations, educating the public on the dangers of drug use, participating in community prevention initiatives, and coordinating treatment for substance abusers.

Agency Information 

State Agency Administrator: Missouri Department of Public Safety

 

Missouri Office of Prosecution Services Witness Protection Program 

 

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support the Missouri Office of Prosecution Services Witness Protection Program. In Missouri, a key part to the successful apprehension and prosecution of criminals is a cooperative witness and/or victim. The Witness Protection Program provides security to witnesses, potential witnesses and their immediate families in criminal proceedings or investigations pending against a person alleged to have violated a state law. Providing safety for witnesses may include provision of housing and for the health, safety and welfare of witnesses and their immediate families if testimony by a witness might subject the witness or an immediate family member to danger of bodily injury and may continue so long as such danger exists. Costs associated with this project can include, but are not limited to: housing costs, hotel nights, meals and/ or transportation or mileage. These costs are important to this program due to the need for witnesses to be relocated or receive temporary housing during the duration of a case that is working through the criminal justice system.

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Montana National Incident-Based Reporting Initiative 

 

Program Description

Montana’s Board of Crime Control formerly used Byrne JAG funds to revamp its National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS) repository. Operation of the Montana Incident-Based Reporting System (MTIBRS) is now supported using state general funding.  MTIBRS is used by 99 percent of local law enforcement agencies statewide to collect accurate and timely NIRBS data from law enforcement, including drug task forces throughout the state. The online repository provides a secure way for local agencies to enter or import crime data and allows local agencies and the public to generate incident-based crime statistics. Users can see reports based on offense, offender/arrestee, victim, and property data elements or create custom reports using data back to 2005. Also, drug task force activity can be easily separated and distinguished from other law enforcement activities.

Agency Information

 

Montana's Multi-jurisdictional Drug Task Forces 

 

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support Montana’s 6 multi-jurisdictional drug task forces (MJDTF) which represent 39 counties and three tribal reservations within the state. The MJDTFs play a major role in identifying and dismantling clandestine methamphetamine labs, enforcing prescription drug laws, and removing other illegal drugs. The Montana Board of Crime Control collects uniform crime data from the MJDTFs in an effort to identify and target drug and gang interdiction, as well as identifying and providing aid to drug endangered children.  In addition to Byrne JAG funds, other funding sources for MJDTFs include, High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTFA) funds, FBI Safe Trails funds, and member agencies' local government dollars. 

Agency Information

Additional Resource(s)

Montana Multi-jurisdictional Task Force State Map (2017)

 

Nash County Sheriff’s Office Gang and Drug Task Force 

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support the Nash County Sheriff’s Office Gang and Drug Task Force. This project allows law enforcement agencies within the 7th prosecutorial district to work efficiently with surrounding jurisdictions, save on labor costs and increase effective interagency communication. Since 2014, the Nash County Sheriff’s Office alone has seized almost three quarters of a million dollars in controlled substances. Additionally, this program creates the opportunity for real time information sharing of investigated gangs and drug trafficking organizations among partnered law enforcement agencies which increases both officer and public safety. Since its initial funding is 2016, this program has yielded extremely positive results for communities across North Carolina and is now being assessed as the new model for task forces throughout the state.

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