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FY 2009 Recovery Act Justice Assistance Grant Program

Award Information

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

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $29,062,259)

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.

New York City, through the Office of the Criminal Justice Coordinator (CJC), will use its fiscal year 2009 Recovery Act JAG funds in the amount of $29,062,259 to continue essential criminal justice and law enforcement programs, involving the preservation and creation of 200 jobs. Through the grant, the city will sub-award funds to the District Attorney's Offices in Kings County, New York County, Queens County, the Bronx, and Richmond County; the Criminal Justice Agency; Midtown and Red Hook Community Courts; the New York City Police Department; the Fire Department of New York; the New York/New Jersey High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task force; the New York City Department of Correction; the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor; and the New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications. Recovery Act funded initiatives will include the retention of key staff assigned to the investigation and prosecution of violent crime offenders, gang members, and drug dealers; the support of cost effective, multi-service reentry initiatives and alternative to incarceration programs; and programs aimed at providing services to at-risk youth and victims of child abuse. In an effort to better monitor its grants, CJC is designing a tracking database to facilitate citywide reporting capabilities to meet requirements established under the Recovery Act.


Date Created: June 4, 2009