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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, $197,785)

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 Orange County and the towns of Carrboro, Chapel Hill, and Hillsborough will utilize their Fiscal Year 2009 Recovery Act JAG award in the amount of $197,785 to support personnel and purchase equipment. Orange County, serving as the fiscal agent, will use their share of the grant to purchase in-car video systems and radar units and to pay overtime. The town of Carrboro will use its portion to purchase two certified patrol canines including required equipment, supplies, and veterinarian costs for the canines. The town of Chapel Hill will use its share of the award to purchase a maintenance agreement for their Livescan Fingerprinting Station, a forensic workstation, and in-car camera systems. The town of Chapel Hill will pay personnel salaries to maintain their court diversionary program, Project Turnaround. The town of Hillsborough will use their portion to purchase mobile radios.


Date Created: June 16, 2009