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FY 2009 Recovery Act JAG Program

Award Information

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Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $3,016,863)

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 Jacksonville will allocate its Fiscal Year 2009 Recovery Act JAG award among six community programs previously funded under the Jacksonville Journey: Take A Step Program. Funds will be utilized to retain positions and preserve the program services administered in the community (target population: ex-offenders/juveniles) by approved non-profits. Specifically funds will support the hiring of a program manager (JAG admin); an accountant (JAG Admin); a MSW social worker (STEP Out of School Suspension); a part-time nurse practitioner (JREC program), and two security guards (Juvenile Assessment Center). Further, funds will be used to retain the following positions: seven resource specialists (JREC program); two Clerical Support Aide III (JREC program); four therapists (Youth Crisis Center), and two case managers (Youth Crisis Center). A contract will be executed with providers who have secured competitive bids for the city of Jacksonville's Journey Program to provide employment and training services.


Date Created: August 11, 2009