Justice Assistance Grant (JAG)
The Office of Justice Policy and Programs is the fiduciary agent and grant administrator for the County's major federal funding for law enforcement, prosecution, crime prevention and education, and technology improvement through the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (or JAG). For FY2017, we anticipate an award of $465,786 with an administrative allowance of 10%. This represents a 4.6% decrease from our JAG award in FY2016.
» FY 2018 Justice Assistance Grant application
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The FY 2018 Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program requires a 30 day public review and comment period for the FY 2018 JAG joint application filed on behalf of Franklin County and the cities of Columbus and Whitehall. This 30 day public review and comment period seeks public input and feedback and is required prior to receipt of the FY 2018 JAG award and draw down of funding. Feedback, comments and/or questions are encouraged and should be directed to the Franklin County Office of Justice Policy and Program via email at email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> or by telephone at (614) 525-5563. The public review and comment period expires on September 25, 2018.
Currently, the Trump Administration and Department of Justice are withholding all JAG funding pending dispute resolution with jurisdictions they consider are in violation of "sanctuary" jurisdiction regulations. Funds release date is uncertain.
Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (Title II)
The Office of Justice Policy and Programs administers the Title II Juvenile Justice funds that reduce delinquent behaviors in minority youth, reduce minority youth arrests, and/or reduce disparity in the juvenile justice system. Through our advocacy, we have successfully convinced the Ohio Department of Youth Services, the granting agency, to include LGBTQ youth as eligible for these funds for the first time. Our FY2017 Title II award is $110,000 with an administrative allowance of 9%. This represents an 8.3% decrease from our award in FY2016.
FY2017 projects to be funded are under review and will be announced in March 2018.
S.T.O.P. Violence Against Women (VAWA)
The Office of Justice Policy and Programs is the fiduciary agent and grant administrator for the County's Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) funds which is intended to improve response and to enhance services for victims of domestic and sex crimes by law enforcement, prosecution, victim services organizations, and the courts. For FY2017, we anticipate an award of $576,044 with an administrative allowance of 3%. This represents a 2.6% increase from our VAWA award in FY2016.
FY2017 projects to be funded by VAWA include victim and anti-stalking advocates in the courts, City Attorney, and County Prosecutor's offices, domestic violence warrants enforcement and detectives in the Sheriff's office, sexual assault and trauma care, victim advocates, sexual violence advocacy training, safe exchange for shared custody, and specific outreach to the Hispanic and Somali communities.