The Cass County Prosecutor's Office is among 50 Indiana law enforcement agencies receiving a grant that will help supplement staff and activities at the office.
The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute awarded $3.3 million to 50 law enforcement and government agencies for public safety and crime prevention initiatives. The funding was provided by the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program through the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance.
In Cass County, the prosecutor's office was targeted for $54, 103.73. It will be used for providing a full-time prosecutor as well as part-time investigative support. A program director will also be designated to oversee program activities and handle reporting and compliance.
"Byrne JAG plays an important role in equipping communities with the tools and resources they need to address crime and keep people safe,” said Devon McDonald, ICJI Executive Director. “This funding is a catalyst for improving how our justice system operates and responds to issues like violent crime.”
The JAG program is the leading source of federal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions. While funds can be used to support a broad range of activities, the program places emphasis on breaking the cycle of substance use and crime, combating violence, holding offenders accountable, reinforcing law enforcement efforts, supporting adjudication and enhancing technology and information sharing.
Agencies have until December 31, 2022, to spend the funds, which were recently approved by the ICJI Board of Trustees. For some of the subrecipients, a local match is required depending on the number of years of participation in the program.