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Attorneys General Urge Congress To Spare Byrne Jag Funding

Washington, DC— The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) today sent a letter signed by 45 Attorneys General to the U.S. Senate and House Appropriations leadership urging them to support federal funding for the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) program in the fiscal year 2013 appropriations bill. The Attorneys General seek to ensure that Byrne JAG monies are, at the very least, level-funded. In the past two fiscal years, these crucial funds have been reduced by almost one-third.

Byrne JAG grants play a central role in the law enforcement efforts of states and territories, and the funds may be deployed broadly across the criminal justice system. “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,” reads the NAAG letter.

Attorneys General describe Byrne JAG as, “the cornerstone federal justice assistance program because of its flexibility, breadth, and ability to leverage, and therefore stretch, other state, federal, and local funds. Byrne JAG grants are guided by a statewide strategic plan which ensures the most effective use of the federal funds.”

In addition to the flexibility of the Byrne JAG funds to be targeted where the need is greatest, these funds also have implications for future public safety measures. Byrne JAG is focused on developing evidence-based, data-driven initiatives to learn what works in preventing and fighting crime, and how best to replicate successful programs in other jurisdictions.

A copy of the NAAG letter can be found here: http://www.naag.org/sign-on_archive.php

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The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), www.naag.org, was founded in 1907 to help Attorneys General fulfill the responsibilities of their office and to assist in the delivery of high quality legal services to the states and territorial jurisdictions.

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