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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, $41,494)

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 disparate jurisdictions consisting of Ashland County and the city of Ashland will use their Fiscal Year 2009 Recovery Act JAG award in the amount of $41,494 for technology enhancements. The State of Wisconsin has mandated felony interviews be audio recorded and strongly recommends that interviews be video recorded as well. The Ashland Police Department currently audio records interviews, but does not have the equipment to video record. The city of Ashland, acting as the fiscal agent, will equip the police department's interview room to meet state recommendations. The remaining funds will be used to purchase in-car video systems for city and county patrol cruisers. The technology enhancements will reduce unsubstantiated or false complaints and frivolous law suits against law enforcement agencies, allowing liability insurance and budgeted legal fees to be used in a more efficient and resourceful manner.


Date Created: June 16, 2009