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County Jail Management Program and Benton Harbor Law Enforcement Equipment

Award Information

Award #
Awardee County
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $37,696)

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).

The disparate jurisdictions comprised of Berrien County and the city of Benton Harbor will use their 2009 local JAG award ($37,696) to offset the cost of jail management software and to purchase 800MHz radios for patrol vehicles. Berrien County will purchase jail management software that will enable jail personnel to manage various populations in the currently overcrowded county jail. Benton Harbor has recognized the need to equip all of the police patrol cars with 800MHz mobile radios to allow for interoperable communications and will use the funds to offset the total purchase price of the radios.


Date Created: August 20, 2009