Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $299,441)
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 the cities of Iowa City, North Liberty, Coralville, and Johnson County will use their Recovery Act JAG award to promote economic recovery by investing in technological advances in equipment, computer software, and transportation to assist in stabilizing local governmental budgets in order to minimize reductions in essential services. The agencies represented include the Iowa City Police Department, the Johnson County Sheriff's Department, Coralville Police Department, and the North Liberty Police Department.
The city of Coralville will use the funds to purchase six tough book computer systems. The city of North Liberty will use the funds to purchase tough book computers and software. The city of Iowa City will use the funds to pay for officer overtime, supplies, travel, and equipment. Johnson County will use the funds to purchase a prisoner transport vehicle.