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Justice System Improvement Act of 1979 - Reauthorization Meeting Issue Papers

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Papers concerning the Federal Justice System Improvement Act and its legislative history each treat a single issue or grouping of related issues associated with the act's implementation.
The Justice System Improvement Act, enacted on December 27, 1979, provides a 4-year authorization for justice assistance, research, and statistics programs. The act makes major structural and substantive changes in the financial assistance, research, and statistical programs which have been administered by LEAA. The new act established four organizations within the Department of Justice under the general authority of the Attorney General. The Office of Justice Assistance, Research, and Statistics will coordinate the activities and provide the staff support for the three new assistance offices: LEAA, National Institute of Justice, and the Bureau of Justice Statistics. The papers address alterations under the act affecting State and local relationships and responsibilities, State and local organizations, the formula grant application process, transition mechanisms to the current act, judicial coordinating committees and funding of courts, formula grant program eligibility, performance reports impact assessments and evaluations, funding and matching requirements, public participation, national priority grants, and discretionary grant programs. The chronology of events related to the passage of the act is appended.