Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $39,774)
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.
Allegan County will use Recovery Act JAG funds in the amount of $39,774 to support its problem solving court. The program, involving collaborations between multiple county agencies and the city of Allegan, will target non-violent offenders with mental health and/or substance abuse issues in an effort to divert them away from the traditional criminal justice track to ultimately reduce crime and incarceration levels. Through the grant, the salary of a project case manager and necessary training and equipment will be funded. The county's finance office will ensure the Recovery Act funds are maintained separately from other funding sources.
- Medical and mental health issues. Technology involving offender management/inter-agency. Disaster preparedness continuity of operations for correctional facility.
- 2023 Byrne Local Allocation for illegal firearm reduction and officer safety through technology and equipment.
- Implementation of the BERLA iVE vehicle system forensic tool to fortify investigative methods and strengthen criminal prosecutions for restoring justice and safety for victims and the community.