The Criminal Justice Commission (CJC) allocates state and federal resources statewide for comprehensive criminal justice planning and policy development. This responsibility includes public safety issue identification, system collaboration, policy development, and system planning and implementation. As the State Administering Agency (SAA) for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG), the CJC maintains responsibility for distribution, monitoring, and reporting of annual formula grants and when applicable, competitive grants. Additionally, the CJC serves as the primary coordinating body for the acceptance, planning, and distribution of federal criminal justice funds leveraged to address the needs of the state criminal justice system.
Grant programs administered by CJC include:
- Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG)
- Justice Reinvestment Initiative: Maximizing State Reform
- Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners (RSAT)
- Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act compliance funding (SORNA)
- Technical Assistance funds (PEW, Vera, Booz-Allen-Hamilton, BJA, etc.)
The Specialty Court Grant Program calls for evidence-based problem-solving court strategies designed to address the root causes of criminal activity and substance use disorders by coordinating efforts of the judiciary, prosecution, defense, probation, law enforcement, treatment, mental health, and social services. These courts offer non-violent offenders an alternative to incarceration and teach participants to become productive law abiding citizens, which reduces recidivism and provides for healthier communities.
CJC grant funding is targeted for programs that are based on the defining characteristics of a specialty court, including:
- Serve a population that meet specific criteria within the criminal justice system;
- Facilitate ongoing judicial interaction;
- Collaboration among treatment, supervision, judicial, attorneys and other parties in the implementation of best practice for that specific population;
- Collaboration among treatment, supervision, judicial, attorneys and other parties in monitoring the individual’s participation in treatment and/or supervision;
- Monitor program participants by collecting and submitting data on a regular basis including demographic, case management and post-discharge data using the data management system approved by the CJC and Oregon Judicial Department.
Justice Reinvestment is Oregon’s approach to controlling prison growth by investing the avoided operational prison costs into Oregon’s local criminal justice systems, reducing recidivism, increasing public safety and increasing offender accountability. This grant opportunity encourages counties to increase collaboration among public safety stakeholders and implement evidence-based programs using data analysis to inform local strategies.
JRGP is a state grant program monitored by the CJC requiring a data-driven approach that: (1) analyzes criminal justice trends to understand drivers of local prison use; (2) promotes the effective implementation of investments that increase public safety and improve offender accountability; (3) measures the impact of the policy changes and reinvestment resources; and (4) ties results to future funding.
The purpose of this grant program is to provide funding to counties to plan, implement, or expand initiatives that increase public safety, avert prison costs, and improve the accessibility and effectiveness of offender services that reduce recidivism and increase accountability. Innovative strategies that align with the goals of HB 3194 are expected.
Funds from state and federal grants administered by the CJC are awarded to local governments, state agencies and nonprofit agencies. Eligibility criteria are defined within the public notice on this website at the time of each solicitation.
As the State Administering Agency (SAA) of the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG), the CJC is responsible for maintaining compliance with Federal and State requirements. In addition to the Grant Management Handbook, these resources may be useful in assisting with federal compliance. In an effort to assist grant recipients, CJC Grant staff prepared the Grants Management Handbook. CJC grant recipients may find many of the answers to their questions in the handbook.
All CJC grantees are subject to the following general provisions regardless of funding source.
21-23 Grant Management Handbook
Other Resources as Applicable
Civil Rights Compliance: Whenever Federal funds are involved, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 applies.
No Person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, can be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
Civil Rights Policy
Office of Justice Programs (OJP)
Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG)
Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT)