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FY 2009 Recovery Act Justice Assistance Grant Program

Award Information

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

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $148,658)

This grant program is authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5) (the 'Recovery Act') and by 42 U.S.C. 3751(a). The stated purposes of the Recovery Act are: to preserve and create jobs and promote economic recovery; to assist those most impacted by the recession; to provide investments needed to increase economic efficiency by spurring technological advances in science and health; to invest in transportation, environmental protection, and other infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits; and to stabilize state and local government budgets, in order to minimize and avoid reductions in essential services and counterproductive state and local tax increases. The Recovery Act places great emphasis on accountability and transparency in the use of taxpayer dollars.

Among other things, it creates a new Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board and a new website ' Recovery.gov ' to provide information to the public, including access to detailed information on grants and contracts made with Recovery Act funds.

The Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program funded under the Recovery Act is the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions. Recovery JAG funds support all components of the criminal justice system, from multi-jurisdictional drug and gang task forces to crime prevention and domestic violence programs, courts, corrections, treatment, and justice information sharing initiatives. Recovery JAG funded projects may address crime through the provision of services directly to individuals and/or communities and by improving the effectiveness and efficiency of criminal justice systems, processes, and procedures.

The city of Watsonville will use its Fiscal Year 2009 Recovery Act JAG award in the amount of $148,658 to pay for police officer overtime for crime prevention and suppression activities focused on violent crimes, specifically robbery and aggravated assaults. These activities will also be coordinated with other local, state, and federal prevention and suppression activities, including the Santa Cruz County Narcotics Enforcement Team, the County-Wide Joint Agency Gang Suppression Initiative, Title II Anti-Gang Initiative ' Together in Peace, Project Safe Neighborhoods, and the California Gang Reduction, Intervention, and Prevention Program (Cal-GRIP). In accordance with the ARRA goal of stabilizing state and local government budgets, funding will be used for overtime of police personnel that will create and preserve jobs and/or promote economic recovery.


Date Created: May 28, 2009