The mission of the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Criminal Justice (LCLE) is to assist in the improvement of the state's criminal justice system.
The goals of the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Criminal Justice are:
1. Assist criminal justice and nonprofit agencies across the state through the allocation, distribution, and administration of federal and state grant funds for criminal justice purposes.
2. Engage in comprehensive criminal justice planning, research, and coordination of multi-agency efforts for the improvement of the criminal justice system.
The commission is comprised of 50 individuals whether directly employed by a criminal justice system agency, persons whose work requires contact with the system or who have demonstrated an abiding interest in criminal justice. Thirty-four members are sheriffs, district attorneys, or chiefs of police. The Office of Corrections Services, the Louisiana State Police, the Department of Justice, the LSU Law Center, the Louisiana Supreme Court, the Louisiana House of Representatives and Senate all have representatives on the commission. Reporting to the commission are seven boards representing various components of the criminal justice system (Drug Control and Violent Crime; Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE); Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP); Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST); Crime Victims Reparations (CVR); Crime Victim Assistance (CVA); and Violence Against Women (STOP). These boards recommend priorities, policy, regulations, and specific grant applications for commission approval and make awards to victims of crimes. Federal grant programs are provided through the U.S. Department of Justice; state grant programs are funded by dedicated or self-generated funds or state appropriations.
In addition to these boards, eight law enforcement regional planning councils also report to the commission. Membership of the boards and councils is representative of local criminal justice and governmental agencies. Louisiana has over 300 state and local agencies engaged in law enforcement and criminal justice activities. Because the LCLE is composed of criminal justice leaders representing all aspects of the justice system, it is often used as a coordinating body for efforts that involve multiple jurisdictions or different branches or levels of government.
The LCLE has two programs: Federal Programs and State Programs.
This agency's recommended appropriation does not include any funds for short-term debt.
In addition to the above recommended appropriation, $4,487,028 will be paid in Fiscal Year 1998-1999 for long-term debt incurred on behalf of this agency from the previous sale of bonds. Total long-term debt service payment for the state for Fiscal Year 1998-1999 are reflected in the Governor's Executive Budget Supporting Document in Non-Appropriated Requirements, Schedule 22-922.
This agency's recommended appropriation also includes the following amount by means of financing for payments on the unfunded accrued liability of the Louisiana State Employees' Retirement System in accordance with the provisions of Article X, Section 29 of the Constitution of Louisiana:
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