Byrne JAG has funded evidence-based criminal justice programming--practices that are proven effective and may be replicable across the state--that have benefitted law enforcement, prosecutors, courts, victims and witnesses, and justice data/information sharing.
JAG funds are spent according to a four-year statewide strategic plan which outlines statewide criminal justice priorities into which future allocations of Byrne JAG funding will be invested.
The JAG program emphasizes innovative, evidence-based, collaborative, community-based projects, and includes evaluation components. Many Byrne JAG funded programs are intended to affect justice system improvements that benefit law enforcement/criminal justice professionals and result in time savings, cost savings, and improved justice system decision-making.
40% of Wisconsin's total JAG allocation is directly awarded to eligible units of local government based on a federal formula. The remaining 60% is called the "state's share." Approximately 60% of the "state's share" is awarded to local grantees through sub grant programs created by the Justice Programs Unit which implement the statewide strategic plan. The remaining 40% of the "state's share" is used for statewide initiatives.