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FY 2009 Recovery Act Justice Assistance Grant Program

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $423,442)

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 disparate jurisdictions of the city of Jackson, the fiscal agent, and Madison County will use their Fiscal Year 2009 Recovery Act JAG award in the amount of $423,442 to enhance its police departments overall law enforcement, building security, and criminal justice capabilities. This will be accomplished through the acquisition of traditional law enforcement equipment to control, detect, or investigate crime or to prosecute criminals, and by acquiring technology improvement programs and implementing information systems for criminal justice purposes. The city of Jackson Police Department will purchase one police cruiser and tactical equipment that will be installed in the patrol vehicle, emergency response equipment, communication equipment, individual protection equipment and supplies, crime scene equipment, in-car video equipment, and laptops for its patrol vehicles. The Madison County Sheriff's Department will purchase security cameras, laptop computers, two patrol vehicles, and provide training for their officers. Purchasing this equipment will enhance community and officer safety and improve police delivery of services.


Date Created: July 12, 2009