The Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program is designed to support all components of the criminal justice system, from multi-jurisdictional drug and gang task forces to crime prevention and domestic violence programs, courts, corrections, treatment, and justice information sharing initiatives. JAG funded projects may address crime through he provision of services directly to individuals and/or communities and by improving the effectiveness and efficiency of criminal justice systems, processes and procedures.
The Byrne JAG Program
Allowable funding categories
- State Level Byrne JAG projects
- A portion of the Byrne JAG program is federally designated for state level projects.
- Cold Case Squad – Establish a Cold Case Squad comprised of NH Department of Justice and NH State Police personnel.
- Enhance Consumer Protection related criminal prosecutions through the addition of a Consumer Protection Attorney at the NH Department of Justice.
- Enhance training in the area of consumer protection, cybercrime and Internet Safety through the creation of a Training Specialist at the NH Department of Justice.
- Support and enhance Victim Witness services at the NH Department of Justice.
- Enhance Forensic services at the NH State Police Forensic Crime Laboratory through the addition of a Fingerprint Analyst.
- Enhance the enforcement of prescription drug abuse laws through the creation of a Pharmacist position within the NH State Police Narcotics Unit.
- Local Byrne JAG Projects
- Child Advocacy Center's (CAC's)
- Eligible applicants include county, local and non-profit organizations that have completed a substantial portion of their planning and development process.
- Funding may be requested to support the creation of new Child Advocacy Centers.
- Eligible activities will include those that conform to established program design requirements for New Hampshire based programs.
- Eligible applicants include county attorney's offices in the State's lesser-served or northern regions and Regional Prosecution Offices established pursuant to RSA 41:10-a.
- Funding may be requested to support the hiring or retention of district court prosecutors.
- The purpose of this funding category is to hire or retain prosecutors who will assist local law enforcement agencies with the prosecution of crimes at the district court level and to act as a training resource for regional police departments in the area of prosecution.
- Prosecutors hired or retained under this grant program will receive training at the Attorney Generals Office and will be assigned to the Attorney General's Office for two weeks during each quarter of each year of the grant for training purposes.
- Grants are encouraged that propose to serve district courts that may be subject to consolidation and which have a goal of reducing the effects of consolidation on law enforcement agencies served by that district court during the grant period.
- Recidivism Reduction Programs
- Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations in the Merrimack County area working collaboratively with the NH Department of Corrections.
- Funding may be requested to support the delivery of services to eligible offenders being released from state prison in support of their 're-entry' process back into the community.
- Services must be coordinated with the NH Department of Corrections in connection with their pilot reentry program in the Merrimack County area. Successful applicants must provide documentation of collaboration with the Department of Corrections on this pilot program.
- Crisis Center Advocates
- Eligible applicants include non-profit crisis center service provider organizations that provide direct support to Child Advocacy Centers (CAC).
- Funds may be requested to support victim related services at established crisis centers that have seen reductions in available funding which have resulted in the loss of jobs or essential services and which provide services and support to local CAC's.
- Goal will be to stabilize those programs so as to preserve jobs and continue to provide essential services to the CAC's.
- Specialty Court Programs
- Eligible applicants include state, county, local and non-profit organizations in the lesser-served counties of Coos, Carroll and Grafton.
- Funds may be requested to support the creation or retention of jobs in programs that display innovative approaches to drug or mental health courts or alternative sentencing methods.
- Programs should be established programs seeking to restore documented cuts or to enhance a portion of an existing program.
Application Process and Contact Information
Applicants must submit one signed original of the completed application to grant managers identified for each program.
For Byrne JAG requests and information, contact Tim Brackett at 603-271-8090.
Byrne JAG applications should be mailed to:
New Hampshire Department of Justice
Attention: Tim Brackett
33 Capitol Street
Concord, NH 03301