Adult Criminal Justice Policy & Planning

Grants and Programs

This web page provides Connecticut citizens with a comprehensive list of the programs and grants administered by the Adult Criminal Justice Policy and Planning Division. 

The Adult Criminal Justice Policy and Planning unit is involved in planning, policy development, and funding of criminal justice initiatives provided through federal grant dollars from the U.S. Department of Justice and/or state appropriated resources. Most of the programs focus on criminal justice issues within the adult population and many involve collaborations between state agencies, local governments and community-based organizations.

Click on the links below to view additional information for each program.

Connecticut programs funded by formula grants and discretionary grants from the USDOJ, Office of Justice Programs are:

JAG provides sub-grants to Connecticut state agencies to support programs and activities that address the needs identified in Public Acts 05-249 and 06-193 :
  • prevent re-victimization and improve offender accountability
  • reduction in recidivism in both the adult and juvenile population
  • enhancements in re-entry strategies
  • development of reporting systems to track trends and outcomes related to the identified policy objectives 
The state agencies’ projects serve as model sites for implementing and assessing policies related to law enforcement, prosecution, judicial sanctions, probation and incarceration.

Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) for State Prisoners Formula Grant Program

RSAT assists state agencies in developing and implementing residential substance abuse treatment programs in state and local correctional and detention facilities.

Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP)

BVP is a Department of Justice initiative designed to provide a critical resource to state and local law enforcement agencies. BVP funds up to 50 percent of the cost of each vest purchased or replaced by law enforcement applicants.  Connecticut state government has about 30 state law enforcement related agencies who are eligible for re-imbursement.

Connecticut programs funded by private grant funds from the MacArthur Foundation are:

Connecticut Safety and Justice Challenge Project

The Connecticut Safety and Justice Challenge is an initiative to safely reduce jail incarceration and eliminate racial and ethnic disparities within the criminal justice system. The project supports Governor Malloy’s Second Chance Society Initiative to give non-violent offenders an opportunity to become productive members of society and reduce spending on incarceration.

Connecticut programs funded by formula grants and discretionary grants from the USDOJ, Office on Violence Against Women are:

STOP Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program (STOP VAW)

STOP VAW grant awards are provided in order to:

  • develop policies to improve the criminal justice system response to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking crimes
  • support state agencies’ collaborative projects
  • reduce recidivism while ensuring greater safety for victims 
SASP grant awards are provided in order to:
  • provides funding to support direct intervention and assistance for victims of sexual assault
  • support rape crisis centers and other non profit non governmental organizations