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Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program, 2018

NCJ Number
Alexia D. Cooper
Date Published
July 2021
12 pages

After providing an overview of the features of the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program, this report presents data on the distribution of JAG program awards for fiscal year 2018.


The JAG program is the leading source of federal criminal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions. It provides states, tribes, and local governments with funding needed to support a range of criminal justice areas. The total allocation of JAG funds for fiscal year (FY) 2018 was approximately $259.1 million, with $6.3 million to U.S. territories and the District of Columbia, $84.5 million to local governments, and $178.2 million to state governments. The five states with the largest total allocations were California ($30.2 million), Texas ($21.5 million), Florida ($16.7 million), New York ($14.8 million), and Illinois ($10.0 million). The five local governments eligible to receive the largest awards were New York City ($4.1 million), Chicago ($2.1 million), Los Angeles ($1.8 million), Houston ($1.7 million), and Philadelphia ($1.6 million). Two states had 100 or more local governments eligible to receive award funds either directly or through a shared award: California (206) and Florida (116). JAG awards may be used for law enforcement; prosecution and courts; crime prevention and education; corrections and community corrections; drug treatment; planning, evaluation, and technology improvement; and crime victim and witness programs. Steps in the award calculation process are outlined. 4 tables and 1 figure

Date Published: July 1, 2021