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Publication Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program, 2015

Alexia D. Cooper, Ph.D., Shelley S. Hyland, Ph.D., Bureau of Justice Statistics

October 20, 2015    NCJ 249105

Describes the steps used in the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) formula calculation process and presents summary results of the fiscal year (FY) 2015 formula calculations. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2005 merged two grant programs to establish the JAG program. The Bureau of Justice Assistance administers the program, and the Bureau of Justice Statistics calculates the formulas. Funds are distributed to states and localities based on resident population and violent crime data reported to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program. Approximately $255.8 million was allocated for the FY 2015 JAG awards.

Highlights:

  • The total allocation for the 2015 JAG funding was approximately $255.8 million, of which $249.5 million went to states and $6.3 million went to U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.
  • „„The five states with the largest total allocations included California ($28.4 million), Texas ($19.7 million), Florida ($16.2 million), New York ($14.6 million), and Illinois ($9.9 million).
  • „„A total of 1,408 local governments were eligible for awards, either directly or through a joint award with other governments within their county. The five local governments eligible to receive the largest awards included New York City ($4.0 million), Chicago ($2.0 million), Philadelphia ($1.6 million), Houston ($1.6 million), and Los Angeles ($1.4 million).
  • Two states had 100 or more local governments eligible to receive award funds either directly or through a shared award: California (214) and Florida (114).

Part of the Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program Series

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