Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $254,779)
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 Woonsocket, through the Woonsocket Police Department, will utilize their Fiscal Year 2009 Recovery Act JAG award to support a cell block equipment and technology upgrade project. The goal of the project will be to purchase equipment necessary to improve Closed Circuit Monitoring Television monitoring capabilities and prevention of in-custody attempted suicides by hanging. The project will include the purchase and installation of the following equipment for fourteen cells: vandal-proof lights, color cameras mounted within each cell, and ten-gauge, detention grade, steel plates with windows and cuff ports that will be mounted on the inside of each existing cell door, thereby eliminating a detainee's access to the bars where clothing could be tied. The following equipment and installation will occur in the dispatch communication center: a new Digital Video Recorder device LCD monitor will allow detainee activity viewing and recording; cell lighting control push buttons for each cell will be added to a new control panel in the dispatch center; and an additional secondary control panel will be mounted in the dispatch center to control the sliding doors on eleven adult cells.