BJA FY 2020 State Criminal Alien Assistance Program Program Requirements and Application Instructions

OJP’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) administers SCAAP.

Under SCAAP, OJP makes payments to "states" and "units of local government" that incur certain types of costs due to "incarceration" of "undocumented criminal aliens" during a specific 12-month


"reporting period." Under the FY 2020 program, payments will be made in connection with "undocumented" aliens who had been convicted of at least one felony or two misdemeanors (typically for violations of state or local law) and who were "incarcerated" under the legal authority of the applicant government for at least 4 consecutive days during the "reporting period." (Additional details are set out in later sections of this document.) As part of its application, each applicant government provides particular information about individuals it "incarcerated" — under its own legal authority — for at least 4 consecutive days during the "reporting period" and whom the applicant government either (1) knows were "undocumented criminal aliens" or (2) reasonably and in good faith believes were "undocumented criminal aliens." (OJP transmits the data submitted on such individuals to DHS for a detailed review.) As part of its application, each applicant government also must provide information pertinent to its average costs of incarceration during the "reporting period." Broadly speaking, SCAAP payments are calculated from information provided by applicant governments in online applications, information provided to OJP by DHS regarding the DHS review of data on "eligible inmates," and the amount of appropriated funds available for the SCAAP application cycle (e.g., for the FY 2020 program).

All information submitted as part of an application is subject to appropriate review by OJP.
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State Criminal Alien Assistance Program

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Agency: Department of Justice

Office: Bureau of Justice Assistance

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