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Grants Available to Assist Counties with Criminal History Reporting

As previously reported, the Criminal Justice Division (CJD) in the Office of the Governor intends to consider a county’s criminal history disposition reporting rate when determining eligibility for certain federal and state grants administered by the agency. The Division has also announced that grant funding is available to assist counties with improving their criminal history disposition reporting rate. According to the memorandum issued by the Criminal Justice Division in December 2011:

Effective September 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. This means that by August 1, 2012, each county and any political subdivision within that county that has applied to CJD for JAG grants must provide CJD with a criminal history disposition completeness report documenting that it has reached a 90% disposition completeness rate for adult arrests for calendar years 2006-2010, as measured by DPS. Effective September 1, 2013, any entity, public or private, in a county that does not report at 90% 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.

Counties interested in obtaining grants to assist with achieving compliance, including financial assistance for the payment of overtime or temporary employees, should contact Judy Switzer with the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division at (512) 463-1919. The Department of Public Safety also has Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) field representatives available to assist counties with the reporting process, provide training and answer questions related to the process. Contact information for these field representatives is available here. Additionally, counties are encouraged to form local committees to identify issues that may help improve their reporting. Chapter 60 of the Code of Criminal Procedure references the creation of local data advisory boards to help improve local data systems. You can view your county’s current criminal history disposition reporting rate here.