Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $430,684)
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) solicits applications for initiatives which assist law enforcement in rural states and rural areas. The program helps rural states and rural areas to prevent and combat crime, especially drug-related crime, and provides for national support efforts, including training and technical assistance programs strategically targeted to address rural needs.
The Assistance to Rural Law Enforcement to Combat Crime and Drugs Program, administered by BJA, helps rural states and rural areas prevent and combat crime, especially drug-related crime, and provides for national support efforts, including training and technical assistance programs strategically targeted to address rural needs. In addition, priority consideration will be given to local law enforcement agencies in rural areas where the unit of local government is not eligible to receive a direct allocation from the Recovery Act Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program or received a direct allocation that was $50,000 or less. Applicants were invited to submit a proposal under any one of the following categories to: (1) combat rural crime; (2) improve rural law enforcement investigations; (3) enhance rural detention and jail operations; (4) facilitate rural justice information sharing; or (5) develop a national training and technical assistance program.
Under Category 3, Lincoln County, through the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, will utilize its award to hire three corrections deputies. The additional deputies will restore inmate programming and enhance jail safety. The inmate programs that will be reinstated are Successful Achievements in Living (SAIL) and the Inmate Work Crew. SAIL teaches responsibility and skills required to make better decisions. The Inmate Work Crew allows inmates to work under corrections supervision in the community. Both programs have been successfully tested at the county jail.