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FY 2009 Justice Assistance Grant Program

Award Information

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Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $1,028,719)

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.

Riverside County will use Recovery Act JAG funds for the Crestmore Heights Facility Rehabilitation Project and the Forensic Document Examiner Equipment Project. The first project will be for the rehabilitation and conversion of the abandoned California Department of Justice building. The offices and labs on the lower level of this facility are both viable and cost effective compared to leasing or purchasing a new facility. Approximately 50 additional workspaces will be created. The renovated and converted offices will create an estimated 75 construction jobs this project. The second project will allow the county to purchase equipment for the county lab. The equipment will enhance the capabilities of the Questioned Document Lab. The lab is the only one of its kind in the two largest southern counties in California. This equipment is necessary to provide the services for law enforcement agencies in Southern California that collaborate and work with the sheriff's department for their questioned document examinations. These projects will assist to preserve and create jobs and promote economic recovery in order to minimize and avoid reductions in essential criminal justice services.


Date Created: July 9, 2009