South Carolina Automated Fingerprint Identification System

 

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds in South Carolina were used to support the purchase of two Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) for the Town of Mount Pleasant Police Department and the York County Sheriff's Office. The AFIS has enabled both agencies to improve productivity and reduce the backlog of unsolved cases, as latent impressions can now be encoded and search quickly for use in investigations. AFIS is managed by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

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South Carolina Domestic Violence Unit

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds in South Carolina are used to support the Sixteenth Circuit Solicitor's Office, Domestic Violence Unit. This project funds both an Assistant Solicitor and a Domestic Violence Investigator position. The project enables early intervention for victims, reduces prosecution time, and decreases offender recidivism. 

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South Carolina Midlands Gang Task Force

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds in South Carolina support the Midlands Gang Task Force, a multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional task force led by the Richland County Sheriff's Department. Agencies participating in this task force include the Richland County Sheriff's Department, the Columbia Police Department, the Forest Acres Police Department, the Irmo Police Department, the Cayce Department of Public Safety, the Benedict College Police Department, the Fifth Circuit Solicitor's Office, the University of South Carolina Police Department, the South Carolina Department of Corrections and the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services. The ongoing mission of the task force is to identify, investigate and prosecute individuals who participate in criminal gang activity within Richland County and its various municipalities. The Midlands Gang Task Force is currently in its fourth year of Byrne JAG funding. The participating agencies have been able to combine intelligence and investigative powers to enhance and streamline Richland County's gang investigations through this collaboration. 

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South Carolina School Resource Officer Program

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support three School Resource Officers (SROs) located in middle and high schools in Lexington County, Richland County, and the Town of Ninety-Six. SROs maintain a safe and secure environment on the school campus to foster an educationally stimulating atmosphere and help prevent criminal activities and disturbances. Positive attitudes towards law enforcement are promoted and students are informed of their rights and responsibilities as lawful citizens. "The School Resource Officer is a part of a joint effort by the schools and police departments statewide and nationwide to provide a safe outreach for students and parents. The School Resource Officer is posted in the high school and works directly with teachers and students to develop a strong community relationship, as well as provide a positive foundation and guidance for the student body.  The SRO program combines the goals and outreach of the SRO, School Administrators, Teachers, School Board Members, Community Leaders and PTOs, as well as educational programs such as Drug Awareness programs."

Agency Information

State Agency Administrator: South Carolina Office of Highway Safety and Justice Programs

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South Carolina's Enhancing PREA Project

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds were used to support the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) and the Department of Juvenile Justice to come into compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards by establishing a zero-tolerance culture for sexual abuse through their Advocacy Project. This project allows inmates access to outside confidential support services. SCDC continues to provide multi-facility, interdepartmental services to inmate victims, while addressing the specific requirements of PREA standards that are crucial to support inmates during sexual assault crises. 

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South Dakota Attorney General's Office Prosecution Team

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support a prosecution team within the Attorney General’s Office to work on drug and violent crime cases. The prosecution team also works with other state and local law enforcement agencies on related cases.

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South Dakota Department of Corrections PreRelease & Restrictive Housing Programs

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds in South Dakota support projects within the Department of Corrections such as the PreRelease Program and the Restrictive Housing Program. These programs work to improve public safety, reduce repeat offenders and increase the use of prison space for violent, chronic, and career criminals.

Agency and Program Information

Additional Resource(s)

(Program Report): Crime and Justice Institute Report on Restrictive Housing in the SD State Penitentiary (2015)

South Dakota Drug and Violent Crime Task Force

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support a statewide Drug and Violent Crime Task Force run out of the State Division of Criminal Investigation. The task force leverages statewide resources to focus on heroin and methamphetamine as well as homicide and violent crime cases that smaller and more rural jurisdictions are not equipped to investigate.

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Stanislaus County Prevention and Education Programs for At-Risk Youth

Program Description

Through a partnership among law enforcement agencies, the Boys and Girls Club, Applied Performance Sciences, the Stanislaus Family Justice Center, the Stanislaus Drug Enforcement Agency, the Probation Department and the District Attorney’s Office, Stanislaus County has used Byrne JAG funds to expand services, implement new prevention and education programs, provide mentoring and therapy for at-risk youth, engage the community and increase parent involvement.

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Surveillance Officer Support for Northwest Kansas Community Corrections Substance Abuse Treatment

Program Description

Kansas used Byrne JAG to one surveillance officer and contracting support for substance abuse treatment facilitators, probationers and parolees through the Northwest Kansas Community Corrections, which covers three judicial jurisdictions. A proven track record of low recidivism is a direct result of this valuable program in northwest Kansas. 

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Sussex County Anti-Bullying Program

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support an anti-bullying program in Sussex County that focuses on early intervention and improved awareness of issues associated with bullying. As one of several anti-bullying programs operating in Delaware public schools, Sussex County's program uses open communication between students and parents to foster a positive school culture and address issues of bullying.

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Tehama County Hot Spot Policing Team

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support Tehama County in implementing a Hot Spot Policing Team utilizing the SARA (Scanning, Analysis, Response and Assessment) crime analysis model to target substance abuse and violent crime. The project includes the expansion of a highly effective, evidence-based program to 5,000 students in eight high-need middle and high schools. In addition, the county has implemented an Adolescent Diversion Project for first-time juvenile offenders.

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Tennessee Department of Corrections Reentry Transportation Services

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support the Tennessee Department of Corrections project to provide temporary transportation services to assist with access to critical reentry services for probationers and parolees with revoked licenses for up to 30 days. Services are intended to reduce recidivism by assisting individuals travel to meetings, work or treatment services that are required as a condition of their release. 

Agency Information

State Agency Administrator: Tennessee Office of Criminal Justice Programs
 

Tennessee Family Justice Center Expansion

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support planning and implementation to expand Family Justice Centers (FJCs) in 5 new communities (Nashville, Chattanooga, Cookeville, Johnson City, and the City of Jackson). FJCs serve as a comprehensive support center by co-locating services for victims of crime. Typical services include those provided by law enforcement, prosecutors, court, civil legal services and social service professionals. These sites were further supported through a training and technical assistance Byrne JAG grant to the Knoxville FJC. 

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Tennessee Multi-jurisdictional Drug and Violent Crime Task Forces

Program Description

In Tennessee, Byrne JAG funds support 18 Multi-Jurisdictional Drug and Violent Crime Task Forces that target gangs, drugs and violent crime in 70 counties. The Task Forces bolster methamphetamine and prescription drug enforcement efforts and support community collaboration by bringing together local resources.

Agency Information

State Agency Administrator: Tennessee Office of Criminal Justice Programs

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Tennessee Pilot Pretrial Assessment Project

Program Description

Tennessee has implemented a pilot pretrial assessment project in Nashville and Knoxville. The project seeks to enhance public safety and improve criminal justice efficiency and effectiveness by eliminating the unnecessary use of pretrial detention. The pilot sites will determine which charges will qualify for consideration in this project, and then an assessment will be chosen and tested.

Agency Information

State Agency Administrator: Tennessee Office of Criminal Justice Programs

Additional Resource(s)

(Press Release): Three finalist sites chosen for Tennessee Pretrial Assistance (Community Resources for Justice, 2015) 

 

 

Tennessee Statewide Law Enforcement Training

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support statewide trainings to improve the criminal justice response to violent crime. Trainings have included: forensic training in death investigation for both sworn investigators and state medical examiner personnel; executive leadership training for local law enforcement agencies and professional development of state investigators; correctional staff training to properly identify gang members; and training for judicial staff and law enforcement entities on topics including body cameras, IT system constraints and bystander privacy. 

Agency Information

State Agency Administrator: Tennessee Office of Criminal Justice Programs

 

 

Tennessee Targeted Community Crime Reduction Project

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support the Targeted Community Crime Reduction Projects (TCCRPs). The projects focus targeted resources to develop evidence-based crime reduction strategies in cities with high rates of violent and drug-related crime using a three-pronged strategy of pre-enforcement, enforcement, and offender intervention. Johnson City, Jackson, and Knoxville utilize crime-data to identify portion(s) of the city for intervention and gauge the result bringing successful techniques into other areas of the jurisdiction.

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Terry Reilly Health Services, Mentally Ill Offender Community Transition Program, Idaho

Program Description

The Terry Reilly Health Services Mentally Ill Offender Community Transition Program provides comprehensive, wrap around medical and behavioral health services to moderate and/or high-risk offenders from state correction facilities who are re-entering the Boise/Ada County area. The program provides pre- and post-release services. Pre-release services are delivered within three months of release and include assessments and treatment planning. Post-release services include a mental health case manager, psychiatrist, psychiatric nurse practitioner, mental health/chemical dependency counselor, a medical provider, and probation and parole officers. The case manager provides: a) services to identify and eliminate barriers to increase patient consistency and compliance with medical, dental, and behavioral health care; b) maintain collaborative linkages with other programs that serve the same population, (e.g., health care providers, local social services agencies, shelter providers, housing services); c) arrange transportation, as needed, to support clients access to medical, dental, and behavioral health services; d) assist patients in the completion of paperwork associated with their health care, including but not limited to Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, Patient Assistance Program, and external specialty programs. Psychiatrist staff see each client at least quarterly to update treatment plans. Psychiatric nurse practitioners provide medication management for clients who are taking behavioral health medications. 

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Texas Anti-Gang Program

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds supported the initial implementation of the Texas Anti-Gang (TAG) Program. The TAG Program provides an opportunity for agencies at all levels to pursue collaborative investigations against the most significant gangs throughout Texas. The program's main goal is to eradicate the presence of violent transnational and other organized gangs within the state to improve the safety of Texans and the citizens of neighboring states. The TAG program focuses on the use of strategic partnerships and targeted, regional and multidisciplinary approaches to combat gang violence through the coordination of gang prevention, intervention and suppression strategies. 

Agency Information

State Agency Administrator: Texas Office of the Governor, Public Safety Department

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Texas Boarder Security Initiative

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds in Texas support border security initiatives. The proximity of the Texas/ Mexico international border has left many rural counties in the state dealing with a large influx of human, drug, and sex trafficking crimes committed by large transnational criminal organizations. Texas seeks to support regional, multi-disciplinary approaches that coordinates law enforcement agencies to combat transnational organized crime activities. 

Agency Information

State Agency Administrator: Texas Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division 

 

Texas Reintegration Services

Program Description

In Texas, Byrne JAG funds support the expansion of reentry programs that include individualized treatment and coordinated case management services. Successful reintegration is costly and challenging as high-risk individuals attempting to reintegrate into the community continue to bounce back and forth between disconnected service providers, with little coordination, leading to an increased risk of reoffending.

Agency Information

State Agency Administrator: Texas Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division

Tulare County Closing the Circle Program

Program Description

Tulare County has used JAG funds to implement the Closing the Circle program, an education-based strategy, that provides evidence-based instruction to at-risk students at selected middle schools and court and community schools to reduce gang affiliation, low academic achievement, drug abuse, and other problem behavior associated with delinquency and crime. The suppression component focuses on juvenile and young adult offenders and refers appropriate youth to the educational component for relevant programs.

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Additional Resource(s)

(News Article): Local Organizations to Receive $2.1 million for Youth Crime Reduction (Visalia Times Delta, 2015)

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