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FY 2009 Recovery Act JAG 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, $114,886)

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 county of Whitfield will use its Fiscal Year 2009 Recovery Act JAG award to support the Whitfield County Sheriff's Office and the Conasauga Drug Court to better the services already provided to the community. The Whitfield County Sheriff's Office will use the grant funds to purchase three new police cruisers to enable police officers to continue to ride alone, provide better police coverage, and to maintain a good response time. The police cruisers will be placed in the fleet immediately and will be available for patrol in the community. The Conasauga Drug Court serves the Conasauga Judicial Circuit, which consists of Whitfield and Murray Counties. The funds will be used to create two new part-time positions of participant assistants. These assistants will be closely monitoring and working with the participants of the treatment program.


Date Created: September 10, 2009