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Office of Criminal Justice Programs
Bill Scollon, Director


Summary of Administered Grant Programs

Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program
The OCJP administers the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program. Through the Byrne JAG Grant the OCJP works in partnership with state and local government to make communities safe and to improve the criminal justice system. The Byrne JAG Grant assists state and local criminal justice agencies in reducing crime, violence and drug abuse. Special issues addressed by this program include improvement of criminal justice records in Tennessee, domestic violence prevention and intervention, prevention of school violence, drug offender prosecution and treatment, information system technology, community based program support, court and drug task force support and correctional systems improvement.

National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP)
The OCJP convenes the state level interagency taskforce, which leads the effort to improve the collection and reporting of criminal histories throughout Tennessee´s criminal justice system. The Office administers grand funds and coordinates activities statewide to improve this system.

STOP Violence Against Women Program
The OCJP is the coordinating, planning and administrative agency for Tennessee´s STOP Violence Against Women Grant. The Office administers grants to law enforcement, prosecution, and victim services agencies to support this effort.

Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT)
The OCJP administers the Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Grant for state prisoners. This program provides for substance abuse treatment programs in state and local correctional facilities.

Victims of Crime Act (VOCA)
The OCJP administers Tennessee's VOCA program which is designed to provide high quality services that directly improve the health and well being of victims of crime. Priority is given to victims of child abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault and services for previously under-served victims.

Family Violence Shelters
This OCJP program provides grants for shelter and related services to victims of family violence and their dependents. Grant services are provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and include the following components: shelter, crisis hot-line, counseling, advocacy, transportation, referral, follow-up and community education.