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Miami-Dade County Criminal Justice System Efficiency and Enhancement Project

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $3,794,013)

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.

Miami-Dade County will use the Recovery Act JAG funds to support a Criminal Justice System Efficiency and Enhancement Project that involves technological and capacity improvements specific to the Miami-Dade County Police Department (MDPD) and the Miami-Dade County Corrections and Rehabilitation Department (MDCR). The funding will be used to create 42 new jobs (35 corrections officer positions, six contracted senior system analyst positions, and one accountant position). One grant manager/police captain position will be retained. Further, Miami-Dade County will implement the following projects that will strengthen their local criminal justice system and provide operational efficiencies and cost savings: 1) Offense Incident Report (OIR) automation project to be implemented by MDPD; 2) an expedited booking process project that will be implemented by the MDCR; 3) the creation of 35 corrections officer jobs to enhance the capacity of MDCR; and 4) an automated employee scheduling system to be implemented by MDCR. Ten percent of the grant funds will be used for administrative purposes.


Date Created: August 10, 2009