Crime Victim Assistance
The Crime Victim Assistance Formula Grant Program was authorized under the Victims of Crime Act of 1984, Public Law 98-473 to provide financial assistance to states for the purpose of assistance victims of crime through the provision of comprehensive, coordinated direct services. Private nonprofit agencies and local units of government are awarded grants to provide direct services to victims. The areas of priority are spousal abuse, sexual assault, child abuse and previously under served victims. The program requires the agencies provide cash or in-kind match, the use of volunteers and assist victims with filing for compensation through the Crime Reparations Program through the Sheriff’s Offices throughout the State, and encourage reporting to law enforcement.
Justice Assistance Grant
The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) replaces the Byrne Formula and Local Law Enforcement Block Grant (LLEBG) programs with a single funding mechanism that will simplify the administration process for grantees. JAG will allow states and local governments to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime and to improve the criminal justice system, and include, but not limited to: Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force, K-9 Narcotics Unit, Pretrial Intervention, Criminal Patrol, and Drug Knock & Talk. Programs funded through the JAG (Anti-Drug) Program require 25 percent in matching cash funds.
The procedure for allocating JAG funds is a formula based on population and crime statistics in combination with a minimum allocation to ensure that each state and territory receives an appropriate share. Traditionally, under the Byrne Formula and LLEBG Programs, funds were distributed 60/40 between state and local recipients. This distribution will continue under JAG.
Effective with FY 2019, JAG included a program designated JAG – Less Than $10,000, for agencies that had sufficient statistics on their Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) that do not qualify for grants via direct appropriations.
Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Violence Against Women
Act 148 of the Third Extraordinary Session of 1994 made provisions for the first State funding of the D.A.R.E. program. This annual funding stream of approximately $4,000,000 from a legislative appropriation in the state’s general fund continued until a permanent source of revenue was generated from the proceeds of a one (1) cent tax per pack of cigarettes (also approximately $4,000,000 annually).
In response to the mounting concern about the use of drugs by youth, the LCLE offers grants to sheriff’s offices and police departments who can demonstrate the capacity to deliver the D.A.R.E. program in accordance with the national model. D.A.R.E. is a substance abuse prevention program designed to equip school children with skills for resisting peer pressure to experiment with tobacco, drugs, and alcohol. This program uses uniformed law enforcement officers to teach formal curriculum to students in a classroom setting. Law Enforcement officers must become certified by completing the required D.A.R.E. training offered through a certified D.A.R.E. training center. Grant funds are utilized to pay officer’s salaries, fringe benefits and classroom supplies and to support the state D.A.R.E. Training Center.