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FY 2009 Recovery Act Justice Assistance Grant Program

Award Information

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

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $390,865)

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 Pawtucket will use Recovery Act JAG funds in the amount of $390,000 to support the Pawtucket Police Department's (PPD) professional standards preservation project. Through the grant, PPD will fund the salary of a school resource officer stationed at a local junior high school. Funds will also be applied towards overtime costs, training, and equipment for the special response team and marked police cruisers. Remaining funds will be used for staffing costs for personnel assigned to the oversight and paneling of the juvenile hearing board, a diversionary program intended to reduce the number of offenders being forwarded to the state juvenile court system. Because of difficult economic times, many of the initiatives to be funded through the Recovery Act were eliminated, and would not have materialized without the assistance of this grant.


Date Created: June 25, 2009