Utah Department of Public Safety Concealed Firearms Permit Improvement 

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds were used to support the Utah Department of Public Safety’s efforts to improve the Concealed Firearms Permit (CFP) screening process. Developers have written software capable of running nightly checks on CFP holders against the FBI’s NICS query. This National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) search checks the NCIC Wanted Person, National Criminal History File (III), and the NICS Denied Person databases. Running nightly checks reduces the risk of issuing a CFP to individuals that have committed criminal offenses outside the State of Utah.

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Utah Indigent Defense Commission

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support the Utah Indigent Defense Commission (IDC), in partnership with the RAND Corporation, in conducting a study to determine the appropriate numerical caseload standards for adult criminal, juvenile delinquency, child welfare and termination, and appellate cases for providers of indigent legal representation in Utah. The study will result in the production of both recommended caseload standards for defense providers and a set of recommended weights for those cases.

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Utah Justice Reinvestment Initiative

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support the Utah Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI). JRI is a statewide criminal justice reform effort intended to reduce recidivism, hold offenders accountable and control corrections spending. Byrne JAG funding, in combination with other state resources, is being used to fund evidence-based supervision/ transition programs and practices implemented by the county jails to reduce recidivism and the number of offenders per capita. To qualify for this funding, county jail applicants must agree to use the statewide screening instruments with everyone charged with a class B misdemeanor offense or above. In the last 18 months, roughly 62,000 jail risk and needs screenings have been completed statewide. Currently, Byrne JAG funding for JRI screenings and screening related projects has been applied to the following counties: Emery, Sanpete, Carbon, Uintah, Washington, Duchesne, Sevier and Salt Lake. 

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Utah Law Enforcement Support Project

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds provide support for state and local law enforcement agencies. The goal of these awards is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of law enforcement agencies throughout the state of Utah. Grant funding provides support for training assistance, and the procurement of equipment and supples in an effort to improve agency operations. The Utah SAA notified 110 agencies regarding awards and provided grants to 68 law enforcement agencies, including 10 college campus police departments. All 68 agencies were offered a JAG Block Grant of $3,150 or more. 

Agency Information

State Agency Administrator: Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice

 

 

Utah's Risk and Protective Factor Indicator Tool

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support the Utah Board of Juvenile Justice’s Risk and Protective Factor Indicator Tool (RAPIT). Through this website, users can view charts of indicators that will be useful for planning and evaluating substance abuse and delinquency prevention activities, as well as view specific risk and protective factors. Outcomes can be viewed by grade, gender or race. In March of 2019, funding sources for this project will switch from Byrne JAG to Title II resources. 

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Additional Resource(s)

Utah Board of Juvenile Justice Risk and Protective Tool Webpage

Ventura County Transformation Works Project

Program Description

The project Transformation Works Ventura County utilizes a countywide, two-pronged approach through law enforcement initiatives and intensive case management services led by a multi-agency Task force. These services provide youth and adult gang members with comprehensive education, employment and support services designed to reduce involvement in gangs and gang activities.

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Vermont State Police Multi-jurisdictional Task Force

Program Description

In Vermont, Byrne JAG funding is blended with state funds to support a statewide multi-jurisdictional task force run out the Vermont State Police. Specifically, Byrne JAG funds support one Unit Supervisor State Police Sergeant position with overtime as well as a local police officer who is assigned full time to the drug task force. The task force is composed of individuals from state and local law enforcement agencies. Task force priorities include heroin, opioids, prescription drugs and crack cocaine interdiction. Additionally, Byrne JAG funding is used for direct task force operating expenses.

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Veterans Treatment Courts in North Carolina

Program Description

Veteran’s Treatment Courts offer individualized and comprehensive treatment to veterans charged with misdemeanors or nonviolent felonies in an effort to lower the recidivism rate for veterans charged with nonviolent crimes. Court personnel collaborate with the VA medical center, local providers, peer mentors, educational providers and other community agencies to provide treatment. As of 2016, North Carolina had three Veterans Courts. The first was implemented in Harnett County.

Agency Information

State Administering Agency: North Carolina Governor's Crime Commission

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Virginia Law Enforcement Body Camera Initiative

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support the purchase of body worn cameras in an effort to improve public safety and increase positive interactions between the police and the communities they serve. Virginia’s SAA has developed a model policy on the use of body worn cameras and made it available for use by state and local law enforcement agencies. 

Agency Information

State Agency Administration: Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services

Additional Resource(s)

(Policy Overview): Virginia Police Department Body Worn Cameras Draft Policy (2017)
 

Virginia Law Enforcement Naloxone Kits

Program Description

In response to the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic, Byrne JAG funds have supported the purchase of naloxone kits for local law enforcement agencies. Qualifying law enforcement agencies must ensure officers go through the REVIVE training course offered by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services on the proper use and administration of naloxone. 

Agency Information

State Agency Administrator: Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services
 

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Volunteer Behavioral Health Care Services of Tennessee

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, in collaboration with the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of PoliceTennessee Sheriffs’ Association, and the Volunteer Behavioral Health Care Services of Tennessee, provides officers involved in a shooting with trauma debriefing and counseling to help them work through any residual trauma or post-traumatic stress associated with the shooting.

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Washington Multi-jurisdictional Task Forces

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support Washington State’s 17 regional multi-jurisdictional drug and gang task forces support 75 percent of the state’s population. The State Administering Agency maintains quality control and conducts evaluations through a peer review evaluation process that assesses performance and offers training on best practices for task force management. An oversight board made up of representatives from the county, state and local law enforcement and prosecution helps to guide the work of each multi-agency interdiction team. These accountability standards draw upon best practices endorsed by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Justice Administration, U.S. Department of Justice.

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Washoe County Reentry Services

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support reentry services for individuals returning to Washoe County following incarceration. Funds support transitional housing, drug treatment and supportive employment services through two local non-profits.

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Wayne City Police Department Youth and Family Services Program

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support the City of Wayne, along with the Wayne Police Department, to expand their Youth and Family Services Program (YFSP) by adding a family services coordinator to connect families to government assistance and other programs, and a new after-school program, both of which will supplement and enhance existing YFSP programming. These additions will include positive law enforcement interactions within the YFSP structure.

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Additional Resource(s)

(News Article): Youth and Family Services assists families and teens (The Wayne Dispatch, 2017)

West Virginia Multi-jurisdictional Task Forces

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support thirteen multi-jurisdictional task forces that have been a pioneering initiative in the battle against violent crime and drug abuse for several years. The organized task forces are funded in part by the Byrne JAG program.  West Virginia currently has one statewide task force and several local task forces, spanning five counties. The task forces are made up of officers at the local, county, state, and federal levels, allowing for more effective coordination and use of combined resources and improving public safety in the fight drugs and violent crime.

Agency Information

State Agency Administrator: West Virginia Division of Justice and Community Services

Additional Resource(s)

(Press Release): Governor Announces Justice Assistance Grant Awards (2017)

 


 

West Virginia Prevention Resource Officer Program

 

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support the Prevention Resource Officer (PRO) Program in West Virginia Schools. The PRO Program is a cooperative effort between schools and law enforcement to: improve student’s attitudes and knowledge of criminal justice and law enforcement, to prevent kids from committing crimes, to mentor youth with law enforcement officers to provide a safer school environment and to combine safety and child advocacy assuring a better school experience for all West Virginia youth. PRO has three main goals: Prevention; Mentoring; and Safety.

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Western Kansas Child Advocacy Center

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support the Western Kansas Child Advocacy Center (WKCAC). Through three standalone centers and three RV units, the center covers over 30 sparsely populated counties to ensure that every child and adult has the ability to access trauma focused services in their community. WKCAC provides prevention, education, and medical assessments, and acts as liaison between service agencies, forensics interviewing and extended forensic evaluation.

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Wicomico County Department of Corrections Medication Assisted Treatment Program

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support the Wicomico County Department of Correction’s Medication Assisted Treatment program. The MAT program helps high risk individuals to succeed in recovery by assisting with the transition from substance abuse treatment during incarceration to community-based treatment, recovery housing, community support and other recovery supportive resources.

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Wisconsin Data Management Initiative

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds in Wisconsin support the development of a web-based reporting system for specialty courts and pre-trial diversion programs funded through Byrne JAG and the state’s Treatment Alternatives and Diversion (TAD) program. This new data management will give researchers a unified data set upon which to build their evaluation efforts. 

Agency Information

State Agency Administrator: Wisconsin Department of Justice

Wisconsin Multi-jurisdictional Task Forces

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support 18 local drug and violent crime task forces. These multi-jurisdictional efforts cover 56 of the state’s 72 counties. As part of this initiative, funds support an inter-tribal task force, which has representation from 10 of the state’s 12 tribal nations.

Agency Information

State Agency Administrator: Wisconsin Department of Justice


 

Wisconsin Pretrial Justice Initiatives

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support the implementation and expansion of pre-trial diversion programs throughout the state in coordination with the state’s Treatment Alternatives and Diversion (TAD) program. In 2015 and 2016 Byrne JAG funds supported six prosecutor-led pre-trial diversion programs in Milwaukee, Dane, Fond du Lac, St. Croix, Winnebago and Walworth counties. 

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Wisconsin Treatment Alternatives and Diversion Program, Specialty Court Expansion

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support the implementation and expansion of specialty courts throughout the state in coordination with the state’s Treatment Alternatives and Diversion (TAD) program. In 2015 and 2016, Byrne JAG funds supported nine specialty court expansion grants and two initial implementation grants including Adult Drug Court, DUI Courts, a Mental Health Court and a Veterans Court.

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Wyoming Regional Enforcement Teams

 

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation’s (DCI) five Regional Enforcement Teams, which have offices throughout the state. Each Enforcement Team is staffed by full-time agents, as well as officers and deputies, referred to as Task Force Officers (TFO’s) from local law enforcement agencies. Agents and TFO’s are supported by a combination of Byrne JAG funds, general state funds and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area grant.  Byrne JAG funds currently provide support for nine TFOs. The primary goal of Wyoming’s DCI Regional Enforcement Teams is identification, disruption and dismantling of drug trafficking organizations and the apprehension of violent crime offenders.

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Yolo County Neighborhood Court Project

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support Yolo County in implementing a Neighborhood Court, an adult criminal diversion program based on restorative justice that addresses criminal violations that impact the quality of life in the community. Restorative justice is accomplished in Neighborhood Court by involving the victim, the offender and community members. The Yolo County Program will expand to the jurisdiction of West County, Woodland and a new target population of homeless offenders in the county.

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Additional Resources

(News Article): “DA Report Outlines Neighborhood Court Achievements, Future Goals” (2017)


 

Yuba County Youth Education and Prevention Program

Program Description

Byrne JAG funds support Yuba County and the school district and probation department in identifying at-risk elementary age children and providing targeted education and family-based services directed toward prevention of truancy, future delinquency, gang involvement, substance abuse and violent behaviors.

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