The Criminal Justice Division (CJD) in the Office of the Governor recently distributed a memorandum
to grant recipients indicating its intention to consider a county’s criminal history disposition reporting rate when determining eligibility for certain federal and state grants administered by the agency. Under Chapter 60 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, criminal history dispositions are required to be reported to the Department of Public Safety.
According to the memorandum:Effective Sept. 1, 2012, each county must comply with Chapter 60 reporting requirements in order for the county or any political subdivision within that county to be eligible for grants under CJD’s Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program. Effective Sept.1, 2013, any entity, public or private, in a county that does not report at 90 percent or above will be ineligible to receive grants from any state or federal fund sources managed by CJD. CJD will discuss possible grant funding to help counties get into compliance.
CJD references a recent state audit
of the reporting requirement system as part of the rationale for pursuing these measures. Click here
for a list of counties and their criminal history reporting averages with the Department of Public Safety.CJD to Consider Criminal History Reporting Rates in Determining Grant Eligibility