Nebraska African Aid Initiative 

Program Description

The African Aid Initiative (AAI) is a non-profit agency that acts as an agent of change to educate, empower, and engage the war-ravaged refugee youth population from Africa. One of the AAI central goals is to reduce the rate of criminal activity among the refugee youth. AAI strives to strengthen families, encourage parental involvement in school and offer youth programing. With the assistance of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln AAI succeeded in these efforts during the last year by developing a state-of –the-art mentoring program that currently involves 40 refugee youth. The program is under development and moving toward an evidence-based practice standard.

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Nebraska African Aid Initiative 

 

Program Description

The African Aid Initiative (AAI) is a non-profit agency that acts as an agent of change to educate, empower, and engage the war-ravaged refugee youth population from Africa. One of the AAI central goals is to reduce the rate of criminal activity among the refugee youth. AAI strives to strengthen families, encourage parental involvement in school and offer youth programing. With the assistance of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln AAI succeeded in these efforts during the last year by developing a state-of –the-art mentoring program that currently involves 40 refugee youth. The program is under development and moving toward an evidence-based practice standard.

Agency Information

Additional Resource(s)

(News article) University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Education and Human Sciences discusses work with African refugees (Eller, 2017)

 

Nevada Multi-jurisdictional Task forces 

 

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support 13 Multi-jurisdictional task forces. Task forces focus on addressing gangs, drugs and violent crime.

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New Hampshire Attorney General’s Task Force 

 

Program Description

JAG funds support the Attorney General’s Task Force which has been in place since 1986. This task force provides statewide coverage and support to local law enforcement in the investigation of street level drug crime. The Task Force works in coordination with the efforts of other drug enforcement entities such as, the State Police Narcotics Investigation Unit, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Group. Currently, the task force is focused on the northern and western rural areas of the state with emphasis on combating heroin, prescription drugs and cocaine.

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New Jersey County Prosecutor-led Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Task Force 

 

Program Description

Funds support New Jersey’s 21 county prosecutor-led task forces combat crimes related to gangs, guns and narcotics. The task forces, each under the operational control of the county prosecutor, target drug and violent crimes within their jurisdictions.

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Additional Resource(s)

Attorney General's Statewide Narcotics Action Plan (1993)

 

New Jersey Criminal Justice Information System Improvement Project 

 

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support Criminal Justice Information System improvement projects including New Jersey’s Computerized Criminal History expunged record access and information upgrade. In New Jersey, new legislative mandates led to an increase in the number of Expunged Final Orders processed annually. The project is intended to make expunged criminal history record information available to New Jersey’s criminal justice agencies in real time. 

Agency Information

Additional Resource(s)

(News Article): Christie signs criminal record expungement bills, calling them 'life-saving' measures (northjersey.com, 2017)

 

New Jersey Division of State Police Ballistics Unit 

 

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support the State Police Ballistics Unit, who's responsibilities include: conducting forensic investigations; compiling and entering data into the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN), a discharged cartridge case computerized imaging system, conducting trainings and lectures, and providing expert testimony in local, state and federal court. The Unit is housed within the Special Investigations Section, Major Crime Bureau.

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New Jersey State Police Organized Crime, Gang, Gun and Narcotics Task Force 

 

Program Description

JAG funds support the Attorney General’s New Jersey State Police Organized Crime, Gang, Gun and Narcotics Task Force, built on three regional bureaus in the northern, central and southern areas of the state. The Task Force uses an intelligence-led policing model to target violent street gangs and narcotics traffickers.

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New Jersey's Megan’s Law Coordinator Program 

 

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice, Prosecutors Supervision and Training Bureau, which is responsible for oversight concerning the implementation of Megan’s Law, referred to as the Megan’s Law Coordinator Program. Megan’s law concerns sex offender registration in the state and community notification procedure, and mandates county prosecutors to categorize offenders by risk of re-offending.

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New Mexico Multi-Jurisdictional Task Forces 

 

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support all violent crime related facets of the criminal justice system throughout the state that included Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Forces (MJTFs) that were specific in targeting violent criminal offenses, violent fugitives and violent gang members. Task forces are one of the most effective law enforcement structures to address complex drug trafficking organizations and cross jurisdictional investigations. The task forces collaborate with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies including the FBI, DEA, HIDTA, ATF, and ICE. Byrne JAG funding allows states, localities, and tribal nations the opportunity to address their most pressing public safety challenges, fill funding gaps, leverage other resources, and work across city, county and state lines.

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New Mexico State Police 

 

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds also support the New Mexico State Police in their effort to provide a variety of services to other state agencies, including: undercover personnel and contingency funds; hazardous material response officers; access to audio/visual surveillance equipment; and investigation efforts of clandestine methamphetamine labs throughout the state.

New Mexico State Police’s presence and expertise is needed most in rural areas of the state where local law enforcement agencies have limited access to resources. New Mexico Byrne JAG funding is instrumental to providing support for officer overtime to assist with highly complex investigations and operations and maintain effective partnerships with both regional MJTFs and other local, state, and several federal law enforcement agencies.

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New York City Public Defense Projects 

 

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support public defense projects in New York City and Erie, Onondaga, Monroe, Nassau, and Suffolk counties. Funding supports public defense services, including: expanded indigent defense services, legal and case management services to reduce pre-trial incarceration, representation and advocacy for treatment alternatives for non-violent offenders, parole revocation defense services, sex crimes representation in a specialized Sex Offender court, and domestic violence, veterans, and mental health courts.

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New York Crime Analysis Centers 

 

Program Description

Byrne JAG supports a network of nine (9) Crime Analysis Centers (CACs) across the State of New York. The Division of Criminal Justice Services-supported CACs are multi jurisdictional units that provide in-depth data analytics to gain a comprehensive picture of the criminal environment within the Centers’ geographical areas of responsibility. CACs are comprised of sworn law enforcement and civilian crime analysts that enhance real-time crime-fighting capacity, support informed decision-making in addressing crime, and promote crime prevention and safe communities. DCJS provides staff, equipment, software, training, and program management to support local, state and Federal law enforcement partnerships regionally across the state.

Agency Information

Additional Resource(s)

"Governor Cuomo Announces Expansion of Crime Analysis Center in Albany" (Press Release, 2016)

 

New York Gun Involved Violence Elimination (GIVE) Initiative 

 

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support technical assistance and an ongoing evaluation of the state-funded Gun Involved Violence Elimination (GIVE) Initiative. The GIVE initiative builds upon the information sharing and partnerships developed under a predecessor program, Operation IMPACT, expanding the use of crime analysis, evidence-based practices and community partnerships to assist in the reduction of firearm-related homicides and shootings. Crime-fighting strategies developed under GIVE vary by jurisdiction and include but are not limited to: enhanced patrols in hot spots prone to gun violence, focused deterrence against violent gangs and groups considered responsible for the most gun violence in communities, increased supervision of individuals on parole and probation, and the deployment of street outreach workers to interrupt cycles of violence and prevent retaliation.

The initiative focuses on communities in those 17 counties served by 20 law enforcement agencies that collectively report 86 percent of the violent crime in the state outside of New York City: police departments in Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, Hempstead, Jamestown, Kingston, Middletown, Mount Vernon, Newburgh, Niagara Falls, Poughkeepsie, Rochester, Schenectady, Spring Valley, Syracuse, Troy, Utica and Yonkers, as well as Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Agency and Program Information

Additional Resources

(Data Report): New York State Gun Involved Violence Elimination (GIVE) Initiative, Crime, Arrest and Firearm Activity Report (NY DCJS, 2018)

(News Article): GIVE Program Continues to Target Gun Violence in Most Violent Communities” (Spectrum Local News, 2017)

 

 

New York Nonfatal Shooting Incident Demonstration Project 

 

Program Description

Recognizing that non-fatal shootings are typically solved and prosecuted at much lower rates than homicide cases, New York DCJS is using Byrne JAG funds to support a demonstration project in two jurisdictions aimed at ensuring the comprehensive investigation of all non-fatal shooting cases. The project focuses on bullet-to-body shootings, but other confirmed shooting cases where intended victims were not struck may be included on a case-by-case basis. The demonstration project devotes particular attention to circumstances where victims are uncooperative, with emphasis on the “evidence-based” prosecution mindset that is often used in domestic violence cases. Funding supports investigator positions, a crime analyst position, laboratory analysis of key evidence, and an academic researcher to evaluate the project. A local police department will partner with a district attorney’s office to develop documented investigative and prosecutorial protocols to use in these cases and for purposes of program evaluation.

Agency Information

State Administering Agency: New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services

 

North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Unsolved Homicides Project 

 

Program Description

North Carolina has hundreds of unsolved homicide cases that may have untested DNA evidence available for analysis. The State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) will assign work funded by the Byrne JAG grant to as many as eight retirees, or Special Investigators. These workers all have experience with investigating homicides. They will collaborate with current law enforcement officers from different regions in North Carolina to analyze unsolved homicides and research whether or not DNA evidence is available for testing in these cases. By re-examining each of these investigations, it is possible that the work funded by this project may uncover untested DNA samples, allowing investigators to identify new leads in cases that have gone cold. Where possible, the NCSBI hopes to establish new leads, which could lead to additional charges, convictions and resolutions in these cases. 

Since October of 2017, the SBI has been focusing on specific unsolved homicide cases believed by investigators to have a high probability of resolution. Since the program began, investigators have been working on 34 additional cases across the state. Of those 34 cases, two have been closed following consultation with prosecutors. The other 32 cases are still in various stages of investigation, including four which have been presented to prosecutors for decisions or potential indictments. Additionally, since the program's inception, biological evidence from 14 cases has been submitted to various forensic laboratories, including the US Army Crime Lab, various private labs and the NC State Crime Laboratory. Lab analysis has resulted in the extraction of viable DNA profiles in 5 of those cases so far.

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Keywords

Cold Case; Prosecution; Murder; Victims; Forensics; Data; Investigator 

 

 

North Dakota Forensic Examination 

 

Program Description

Byrne JAG funding supports forensic interviewing and examination services through the Dakota Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC).  Funds support culturally competent and age appropriate forensic interviewing, examination and intervention services to children who are victims of, or witnesses to, crimes. The DCAC is a resource for law enforcement officers, parents and youth in the city of Bismarck and Burleigh County as well as the larger region including central and western North Dakota. 

Agency and Program Information

Additional Resource(s)

(News Article): “FBI Honors Sanford Employees” (Bismarck Tribune, 2017)

 

 

North Dakota Multi-jurisdictional Drug Task Forces 

 

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds are used to support the North Dakota Attorney General's, Bureau of Criminal Investigation in providing oversight and personnel to 3 task forces within the state. As a part of the state’s response to its oil boom, the Task forces have expanded the types of crime they investigate, with an increasing focus on drugs, violent crime and organized crime cases. Task forces also address growing issues with human trafficking.

Agency Information

State Administering Agency: North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation

 

North Dakota’s Domestic Violence Programs 

 

Program Description

Byrne JAG supports a network of domestic violence programs in 16 jurisdictions across the state. Run by local non-profits, these 22 service providers assist the victims of domestic violence with shelter support, counseling, education, accompaniment, and advocacy services and help with victim’s compensation when appropriate.

Agency Information

State Administering Agency: North Dakota Office of Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

 

 

North Dakota’s Multi-Jurisdictional Task Forces 

 

Program Description

Support for a network of four Multi-jurisdictional drug, gang and violent crime Task forces across the state. In an effort to maximize federal support, Byrne JAG funds are blended with a 45 percent set aside from the state lottery fund and matched with 35 percent of local funding along with non-cash resource contributions to provide statewide Task force coverage. Non-cash contributions include personnel, overtime, vehicles, equipment and operational support. 

Agency Information

State Agency Websites: North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation

 

Ohio Big Brother Big Sister Programs 

 

Program Description

In Ohio, Byrne JAG funds support Big Brother Big Sister programs in 11 counties throughout the state. Programs use an evidence-based approach to provide mentoring within communities and schools.

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Ohio Community Corrections Training Initiative 

 

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support training for community corrections staff agencies through the Ohio Community Corrections Association and the Ohio Justice Alliance for Community Corrections. Funding supports outreach, scholarships and training for state and local community corrections agencies and related fields like courts, substance abuse providers, case managers, and behavioral health social workers.

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Ohio Domestic Violence Prevention 

 

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds are blended with VAWA funds to support a variety of domestic violence prevention initiatives across Ohio including a cyber-stalking investigator position, domestic violence advocates, case management, crisis hotlines, shelter services and child advocacy centers.

Agency Information

State Agency Administrator: Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services

Ohio Juvenile Diversion and Community Integration Initiative 

 

Program Description

In Ohio, Byrne JAG funds support juvenile court dockets for diversion and community integration programming. Through organizations like Lighthouse Youth Services, funds support wrap around services to prevent youth from further involvement with the criminal justice system.

Agency Information

State Agency Administrator: Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services

 

Ohio Multi-jurisdictional Drug Task Forces 

 

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds in Ohio support 29 multi-jurisdictional drug task forces, serving more than half of Ohio’s 88 counties. These task forces focus on a variety of drug threats based on local drug trends.

Agency Information

State Agency Administrator: Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services

 

Ohio Prescription Drug Reduction Initiative 

 

Program Description

In Ohio, Byrne JAG funds support prevention, education and enforcement efforts aimed at reducing prescription drug abuse. Ohio counties collaborate with health care professionals in an effort increase awareness and preparedness when dealing with front line encounters involving pharmaceutical drug seekers, abusers and traffickers. Enforcement efforts are dedicated to identifying and prosecuting offenders.

Agency Information

State Agency Administrator: Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services

 

Ohio Public Defender Personnel Support 

 

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support an alternative sentencing social worker position in the Athens branch of the state public defender’s office. The social worker works with individuals awaiting adjudication and individuals currently on community supervision. Funds support mental health and substance abuse assessment, targeted case management and referral services.

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Ohio Specialty Court Projects 

 

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds in Ohio support five specialty courts throughout the state including a veteran’s treatment, drug, mental health, juvenile and domestic violence courts. Each court receives certification through the specialized docket section of the Ohio Supreme Court to ensure they utilize established best practices. 

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Oklahoma Multi-jurisdictional Task Forces 

 

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support 13 multi-jurisdictional drug and violent crime task forces that cover 37 of the state’s 77 counties. These task forces are run out of the local District Attorney’s office and help task force personnel improve evidentiary chains, investigative protocols and collect actionable information. Additionally, the District Attorneys Council works with the Oklahoma Statistical Analysis Center to evaluate the adoption of federally identified best practices for multi-jurisdictional task force operations.

Agency Information

State Agency Administrator: Oklahoma District Attorneys Council

 

 

Oklahoma Specialized Prosecution Programs 

 

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support prosecution programs in Tulsa and Oklahoma City that focus on gang related crime. Specialized prosecutors work with local law enforcement to investigate cases that have a gang nexus.

Agency Information

State Agency Administrator: Oklahoma District Attorneys Council

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