Grants to Arizona local, county, state, and tribal criminal justice agencies to support efforts to reduce gangs, drugs, and crime throughout the state. Funding is intended to support programs and activities in the areas of apprehension, prosecution, adjudication and sentencing, forensic support services, and corrections and community corrections. Funds may also be used to support substance abuse treatment for corrections-involved individuals and for prevention and education efforts.
The DGVCC program is designed to implement projects aligned with ACJC’s approved Arizona 2020-2025 Drug, Gang, and Violent Crime Control State Strategy. The strategy identifies purpose areas for funding projects to address the state's drug, gang, and violent crime problems. These purpose areas and definitions are described below.
For purposes of outlining funding priorities for the FY 2025 Drug, Gang, and Violent Crime Control Program, the Commission has developed a tier system. Each purpose area has been categorized into Tier I, II, or III (see below). Tier I projects will receive the primary focus on allocating funds. Although Tier I projects will receive priority consideration, the funding recommendation will recognize, to the extent possible, the workload impact one part of the criminal justice system has on other parts of the system.
- Apprehension: The apprehension purpose area may include, but is not limited to, efforts to enhance information sharing and intelligence exchange; approaches to address locally specific drug, gang, and violent crime-related challenges; and proactive policing strategies to address drug, gang, and violent crime such as multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional task forces.
- Prosecution: The prosecution purpose area may include, but is not limited to, prosecutorial efforts in tandem with multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional drug, gang, and violent crime task forces; efforts to deny criminals currency, property, and drugs such as statewide civil forfeiture efforts; and other effective prosecution strategies to address drug, gang, and violent crime.
- Forensic Support Services: The forensic support services’ purpose area includes activities such as evidence examination and analysis, development of investigative leads, training, providing expert courtroom testimony, and other forensic support services as they pertain to drug, gang, and violent crime-related cases.
- Adjudication and Sentencing: The adjudication and sentencing purpose area may encompass a range of activities associated with court processes. Such activities include, but are not limited to, pretrial services, improved criminal court case processing, supporting specialty courts, and public defender services.
- Corrections and Community Corrections: This purpose area includes projects responding to the needs of prison and jail facilities and corrections practitioners for providing secure care to offenders of drug, gang, and violent crime. Projects may include but are not limited to safety and security improvements, inmate programming, corrections equipment and technology, and contraband control and detection. Community corrections projects may include but are not limited to pre-release planning, coordinating reentry services, and supporting probation and parole services for drug, gang, and violent offenders.
- Substance Abuse Treatment for Corrections-Involved Individuals: This purpose area includes, but is not limited to, providing residential substance abuse treatment for inmates, preparing offenders for re-entry into the community, and supporting community-based treatment and other broad-based aftercare services upon release.
- Prevention and Education: This purpose area covers evidence-based interventions and environmental prevention strategies. Efforts should involve multiple community sectors and focus on reducing access and opportunity, enforcing consequences, and decreasing the likelihood of engaging in drug, gang, and violent crime by addressing risk and protective factors.
For information about strategic principles, see https://www.azcjc.gov/Portals/0/Documents/pubs/FY25_Cyc38_DGVCC_Grant_Solicitation.pdf#page=4.
Eligible expenses include personnel, employee-related expenses (ERE), overtime, travel, operating costs, and costs related to contractual or consulting services. Equipment associated with project activities may be awarded limitedly if funding is available.
Priority funding will be given to budget categories of personnel salaries, employee-related expenses (ERE) or fringe benefits, and overtime to support the activities further to reduce drug crimes throughout Arizona.