Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $158,729)
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 Leflore will use its Fiscal Year 2009 Recovery Act JAG award in the amount of $158,729 to purchase technology and equipment to improve and upgrade law enforcement operations within the county. Leflore County will purchase a live scan fingerprint capture system, patrol vehicles, and an all-terrain mobile investigations vehicle. This equipment will allow the Leflore Sheriff's Department to serve the four-hundred and forty square miles of the County more effectively and efficiently.
- Brawley Police Department Rural and Small Department Violent Crime Reduction Program
- Calera Police Crime Reduction Project
- Direct care support by clinicians and peer advocates for women and other vulnerable populations, who are involved in the criminal justice system, who experience commercial sexual exploitation.