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UPDATE: Webinar – Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program – presented by the Office of the State Public Defender (OSPD)  

November 3, 2022

Featured in last week’s CSAC Bulletin, information was shared about the Office of the State Public Defender (OSPD) hosting a webinar to provide and answer any questions about how counties can use Byrne JAG funding to support indigent defense programs. OSPD, along with the Chief Public Defender of Contra Costa County, will host this webinar on Monday, November 7, 2022 from 1:15 – 2:15 pm. To register for the webinar: Zoom Registration Link.

The purpose of this webinar is to encourage counties to apply for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) program as a way to increase the quality of your indigent defense systems. The Byrne JAG program has allocated $47 million, over three years, for California counties. The Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) distributes the Byrne JAG grant funding. Individual counties are eligible for an award of up to $3,136,875 (depending on the size of the county). The Byrne JAG program can be used to support indigent defense initiatives in a number of ways.  In fact, BSCC identifies “innovations in indigent defense” as a priority area of need to be addressed by the grant. The application deadline is December 2, 2022.  

Click here for an information sheet that provides details on the Byrne JAG grant and how to apply to use it for indigent defense. Byrne JAG is a federal grant opportunity and is the leading source of federal justice funding for state and local jurisdictions. One of the priority areas of need identified for this funding in California is innovations in indigent defense.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ryan Morimune at rmorimune@counties.org and Stanicia Boatner at sboatner@counties.org.

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