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Special Prosecution Program

Overview: Each year the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission seeks general funds from the state legislature to continue the funding for legislatively mandated special prosecution projects. ACJC distributes the funding as competitive grants to state, county or municipal prosecuting attorneys offices for specific purposes that include aggravated domestic violence, street gang, obscenity, child sexual exploitation prosecution and investigation.

Legislation: Arizona focuses the grant funds on the support of projects that are defined by legislative intent of the funds:

  • Prosecution of aggravated domestic violence offenders who violate state law A.R.S. §36.3601.02.
  • A.R.S §41-191.07 Street gang enforcement account was established to fund prevention programs, training prosecutors and law enforcement personnel in the area of street gang enforcement, and investigating and prosecuting any offense that is concurrently changed with any offense relating to criminal street gangs.
  • Chapter 244, S.B 1180, Forty-third Legislature First Regular Session enacted April 30, 1997: appropriated general funds to the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission to enhance the prosecution of obscenity crimes. The Commission was required to establish grants for county attorneys offices to improve the detection and prosecution of violations of laws relating to obscenity in title 13, chapter 35, Arizona Revised Statutes.
  • Chapter 147, S.B. 1070, Forty-third Legislature Second Regular Session enacted May 27, 1998: appropriated general funds to the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission to enhance and improve the detection and prosecution of offenses involving violations of sections §13-3508, §13-3552, §13-3553 and §13-3554 relating to the sexual exploitation of children.

Funding: The state legislature appropriated $994,200 toward the funding of these four programs for FY 2006.

Eligibility: State, county or municipal attorneys' offices pursuant to mandated program areas.

How/When to Apply: The grant solicitation is generally available in February of each year on the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission web site at www.azcjc.gov under "Grants".