The National Association of Attorneys General is asking congressional appropriators to back the federal Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) program, which provides aides to states and localities for anticrime programs. In a letter sent to Capitol Hill yesterday, the attorney-general group said that, “The recession has caused us, as it has you, to look with fresh eyes at the services and programs we fund and administer. Difficult choices have to be made about where to invest scarce resources. Some programs have shown to be central to the core functions of government and are deserving of continued funding. Byrne JAG is one of those programs.”
The association noted that Byrne JAG money “may be deployed broadly across the criminal justice system” and that it “is focused on developing evidence-based, data-driven initiatives.” NAAG said that the Byrne JAG has been cut by almost one-third the past two fiscal years and asked appropriations committee leaders to spare it from further cuts. The letter was signed by 45 attorneys general.