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Mahoning County Recovery JAG Project

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $682,388)

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 Youngstown will serve as the fiscal agent and distribute the following allocations: Mahoning County, $27,016; Struthers, $22,224; Campbell, $33,552; and Boardman Township, $94,122. All jurisdictions will use funds for law enforcement purposes. The Youngstown Police Department will use funds to hire or retain 6.5 police officers, giving the department the needed personnel to carry out community policing partnerships and proactive problem solving efforts. Youngstown, Boardman Township, Struthers, and Mahoning County will all purchase much needed marked cruisers for their departments that will supplement their current fleet or replace ones that have exceeded their depreciation. The Campbell Police Department will use funds for equipment, including a security and jail monitoring system, radar units, gun racks, a photo ID system, and booking program software. This equipment will replace outdated or faulty equipment.


Date Created: May 28, 2009