The State Administering Agency is the executive branch agency designated by the Governor to accept designated federal criminal justice funds. Because of this responsibility, these agencies serve as the primary coordinating body for state and local public safety issue identification, collaboration, planning, and policy development and implementation. Ideally the SAA should also assume strategic planning, training and information sharing responsibilities to assure that the agency functions as a single source for best criminal justice practices. As the primary source of criminal justice information, the SAA is the entity that should be the communicator of these issues to the state’s legislature and to the state’s members of Congress. The CEO of the Agency, the State Administering Authority, must provide the leadership in each of these arenas, and must provide the expertise and direction to effectively fulfill the duties imposed by these mandates.
Huge advantage in Illinois because have the SAC as part of the agency. And it is a robust SAC that does a lot of great things – collecting data, providing analysis which is a huge move nationally towards this, and evaluation component to provide meaningful information and feedback.IL used a wonderful mix of methodologies to engage your stakeholdersIL viewed as the gold standard because of this and the results of your workMany states fund only drug task forces with their Byrne JAG dollars. See them as their highest priority because of the results of their work and their impact on public safety across their states – placed like CA, AZ and TX.NCJA assisting SAAs as part of TTA grant from BJA. BJA has cited our publications and our website – www.ncjp.org
Federal grant funding
Federal Grant Funding: An OverviewFor the Illinois Criminal JusticeInformation AuthorityKay Chopard CohenDeputy Executive DirectorNational Criminal Justice Association
The Role of the SAA• Federal law required executive branch agency to be appointed to accept federal funds• Primary coordinating body on state and local public safety issues• Focal point for issue identification, collaboration, planning, policy development, implementation and evaluation• Primary source of best practices and other criminal justice information
Strategic Planning Requirements• Strategic planning• Key stakeholders• Use of Data• Evidence-based programs• Larger statewide planning along with JAG funding plan
New JAG Grant Requirements• Strategic plan – NCJA and NCJP• BJA Project priorities ▫ Indigent defense ▫ Bulletproof vests, public safety broadband, interoperable communications ▫ Evidence-based programs – Crimesolutions.gov ▫ Pretrial services and enhanced probation and parole services ▫ Smart policing ▫ Performance measures ▫ Officer safety
National Trends• Existing planning requirements in VOCA & VAWA – move to identify stakeholders in statute• Partnering with SACs• Variety of methods to engage stakeholders• Illinois the “gold standard”• Funding priorities such as task forces• NCJA assisting over 25 states to conduct strategic planning
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