Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $9,964,861)
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 Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice will use the Recovery Act JAG grant to create, retain, or restore criminal justice jobs in an effort to stimulate the economy and enhance basic public safety services throughout the state. The Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, has chosen to award funds to the: Utah Attorney General's Immigration Task Force to pay for investigators and police cruisers; Administrative Office of the Courts for clerical support; Utah Department of Public Safety for a Senior Forensic Scientist and for Computer Forensic Examiners; Utah Division of Juvenile Justice Services for staff for the Intensive Community After-care Program and Paramount programs, which help young offenders transition into the community as productive citizens; and the Utah Department of Corrections for Adult Probation and parole agents and Offender Employment Coordination program staff.
Remaining funds will be made available to state, local, and private criminal justice providers through a request for proposals. The request for proposals will encourage applicants to apply for projects that will result in job creation, retention, or restoration. These awards will also provide funds for supporting equipment, supplies, or training necessitated by the project.
The Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice will also use $200,000 for administrative costs.