To facilitate interagency cooperation and collaboration throughout the Rhode Island criminal justice system by way of strategic planning, program coordination, data collection and statistical analysis; while providing fair, efficient and accountable grant administration so as to improve the state's overall response to crime and victimization and enhance public safety.
The Rhode Island Public Safety Grant Administration Office (PSGAO), formerly the Rhode Island Justice Commission, is the agency within the Central Management of the Department of Public Safety charged with planning, coordination, data collection, statistical analysis and grant administration and distribution for the adult criminal and juvenile justice systems. Through these efforts the PSGAO develops comprehensive programming for the purpose of improving the state's overall response to crime issues.
The PSGAO's primary responsibility is to plan and apply for, receive and administer various federal grants including the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Formula Grant; the Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Act Formula Grant; the Victims of Crime Act Victims Assistance Formula Grant; the S.T.O.P. Violence Against Women Act Formula Grant, the Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grant, and the National Criminal History Improvement Grant Program. The PSGA also houses the state’s Criminal Justice Statistical Analysis Center.
The Rhode Island Justice Commission was established in 1969 by Title 42, Chapter 26 of the Rhode Island General Laws. Effective July 1, 2008 the agency was merged into the RI Department of Public Safety and the name was changed to the Public Safety Grant Administration Office. Legal authorization can be found in the State's General Laws, specifically Chapter 26, Sections 42-26.1 through 42-26-13, 42-26-17.
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