Issue Brief 15-25
July 20, 2015

Recently, the Department of Justice (DOJ) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) announced state allocations for the fiscal year (FY) 2015 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program. JAG is one of the largest sources of federal justice funding to state 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 2015 totaled $376 million (equal to FY 2014), set-asides reduced the amount available for formula grants by -3.6% compared to FY 2014.