Issue Brief 14-27
August 6, 2014

In July, the Department of Justice (DOJ) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) announced state allocations for the fiscal year (FY) 2014 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program. JAG is one of the largest sources of federal justice funding to states and local governments, providing assistance for a broad range of purposes. The JAG formula is based on population and violent crime statistics. While appropriations for FY 2014 totaled $376 million (a 3% increase from FY 2013), set-asides and new compliance penalties reduced JAG awards to states by -2.5% compared to FY 2013.