Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $221,661)
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 Kinston and Lenoir County will use Recovery Act JAG funds in the amount of $221,661 to enhance their abilities to better serve the community and protect law enforcement officers through new equipment and technology purchases. Through the grant, the city Department of Public Safety will apply its share towards Tasers, firearms, video cameras, and laptop computers for officers in the field. The county Sheriff's Office will use its share to purchase a video arraignment system, an automated system for fingerprints, and light bars for its cruisers. Funds will be divided evenly between the two jurisdictions. For purposes of grant administration, the city has been designated as the fiscal agent.