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Louisa County Juvenile Probation Monitoring Project

Award Information

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $21,055)

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 Louisa will use the Recovery Act JAG award to support the Louisa County Department of Juvenile Probation and assist the Louisa County Sheriff's Office in initiating a Juvenile Probation Monitoring Program. The goals are to reduce detention costs by using alternative methods to sentencing, reduce the amount of juveniles sentenced directly to detention facilities, and increase the rate of rehabilitation through more appropriate community-based activities. Their primary strategy is to review each juvenile offender on a case-by-case basis to determine if the particular offender will benefit more from electronic monitoring versus sentencing at a detention facility. Juvenile offenders will be given a "supervised" chance to be an active participant in the community while completing their assigned sentences. This method has been shown by many localities to be successful in rehabilitation and cost reduction.


Date Created: August 6, 2009