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State of Colorado 2009 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Recovery Act Program

Award Information

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Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $18,323,383)

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 Colorado Division of Criminal Justice Services will use its FY 2009 JAG Recovery Act funds to prevent and control crime; research and evaluate projects that will serve to improve the criminal and juvenile justice systems; improve the operational effectiveness of law enforcement through a variety of techniques; improve the corrections system, including treatment in prisons and jails; improve the operational effectiveness of the court process; identify and meet the treatment needs of adult and juvenile offenders with substance abuse and/or co-occurring mental illness using a collaborative multi-disciplinary approach; and incorporate programs that coordinate and integrate law enforcement, prosecution, judicial efforts, and victim services to identify and respond to victims of crime.


Date Created: April 28, 2009