Legislative Alert: Senate Passes Byrne-JAG Reauthorization

On May 24, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bill reauthorizing the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne-JAG) program. The bill, S. 231, would authorize $1.1 billion in funding until the year 2012. Although this is a vital step in the IACP’s efforts to secure full funding for Byrne-JAG, it is important to note that this reauthorization is not a funding measure; rather, this bill serves as a fiscal blueprint that sets specific spending levels.