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Early Diversion Grants for Persons with Mental Illness

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 2 million people with mental illness annually end up in jail. While housing an inmate can cost up to $31,000 per year, community mental health services can cost only $10,000 for that same time period. It is clear that the status quo serves no

First Responder Safety and the PSIAP: Point Cloud Cities

When the Public Safety Research Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology asked first responders what new technology had the potential to be the most useful to them, location-based services registered a high priority. Tools to improve navigation and situational awareness while inside unfamiliar buildings can be of use to law enforcement and firefighters

Grants to Expand Capacity in Adult Drug  and Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts

When it comes to drug addiction, research indicates that incarceration is not an effective deterrent. The National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) cites statistics that hold that 95% of those released will experience relapses. Yet, that does not mean the legal system has no place in combating our collective drug problem. Quite the contrary, drug courts, which combine

The Legal Assistance for Victims Grant from the OVW

Part of the United States Justice Department (DOJ), the Office of Violence Against Women (OVW) is the federal agency taking the lead in combating specific crimes that affect female safety. One upcoming discretionary grant it is currently offering is the Legal Assistance for Victims (LAV) Grant Program to make legal assistance available for adult and youth survivors of sexual assault,

Conflict Resolution Resources for Gang Prevention

JAMS is a commercial dispute resolution service that created the JAMS Foundation to give back to the community. This nonprofit's mission is to promote alternative dispute resolution (ADR), including providing grants to entities dedicated to resolving differences through conflict resolution. They are currently offering the JAMS Foundation and the Association for Conflict

The 2017 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG)

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) is the primary source of federal funding to law enforcement agencies. Named after Edward Byrne, a second generation New York City police officer who gave his life in the line of duty, the purpose of JAG is to prevent and reduce violent crime. A hallmark of the grant is the wide variety of justice-related programs it supports, from nurturing human potential to stop crime before it starts, to investing in the most sophisticated technology to abate it after it happens. Both states and local governments can receive the grant, but the state and local solicitations have two separate deadlines. Although the priorities for both are the same, the information below refers primarily to the local solicitation portion of the grant.

The Bulletproof Vest Partnership and More

Over 3,000! POLICE Magazine reports that is the number of lives saved since the seventies when the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) began developing performance standards for bulletproof vests. Although the risk of fatal injury is 14 times higher for law enforcement personnel who do not wear protective body armor than those who do, one-third of officers are still unprotected. The Department of Justice is helping to lower that number. Since 1999, it has assisted over 13,000 jurisdictions purchase over one million vests through its Bulletproof Vest Partnership Program (BVP).

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