Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $15,322)
The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) allows states and units of local governments, including tribes, to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on their own state and local needs and conditions. Grant funds can be used for state and local initiatives, technical assistance, training, personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, and information systems for criminal justice, including for any one or more of the following purpose areas: 1) law enforcement programs; 2) prosecution and court programs; 3) prevention and education programs; 4) corrections and community corrections programs; 5) drug treatment and enforcement programs; 6) planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs; and 7) crime victim and witness programs (other than compensation).
Morgan County will use the FY 2009 JAG funds to obtain a video surveillance system for the interview room in the Sheriff's Office, a battery charger/analyzer that conditions batteries for portable radios, and a video surveillance/security system for the entire Justice Center. These funds will compensate for the loss of tax revenue in the county. The surveillance system for the interview room will lessen the department's liability and help to move cases quickly through the criminal justice system, while the security system for the Justice Center will enhance the safety of the staff, public, and inmates in the facility.