"The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) was created in 1984 to further strengthen the nation's criminal justice system and help America's tribal, local, and state governments reduce violence and restore security to their neighborhoods, workplaces, and schools. In fiscal year (FY) 2005, BJA continued to serve as one of the nation's premier resources for justice assistance. The impact of BJA programs and initiatives in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the 5 territories--as well as thousands of local governments, organizations, institutions, and faith-based and community groups--was tremendous and further demonstrated the value of justice resources and efforts. To streamline justice funding and grant administration, BJA administered a blended Byrne Formula and Local Law Enforcement Block Grant program in FY 2005--the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program. This new program provides local and state jurisdictions with a single funding mechanism and the flexibility to prioritize and place justice funds where they are needed most. As evidenced throughout this report, communities experienced tremendous successes in preventing and combating crime. Supporting these efforts was the JAG Program, which provided more than 1,400 grants totaling almost $500 million dollars. BJA also administered $335 million in State Criminal Alien Assistance Program and Southwest Border Prosecution Initiative funds, $170 million for the Byrne Discretionary Grant Program, nearly $70 million for the Public Safety Officers' Benefits Program, and $40 million for the Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program, just to name a few. BJA clearly demonstrated its commitment to all its program areas, ensuring that crime prevention, law enforcement, counter-terrorism, adjudication, substance abuse, corrections, and justice information sharing programs and initiatives were supported and strengthened at every turn."
United States. Dept. of Justice. Office of Justice Programs: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/