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FY 2009 Recovery Act Justice Assistance Grant Program

Award Information

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Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $21,673,244)

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 Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) will use their Fiscal Year 2009 Recovery Act Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) award funds in the amount of $21,673,244 to work closely with the Governor and Lieutenant Governors' Offices, State Budget Agency, and the ICJI Board of Trustees. They will work to ensure proper transparency and accountability of ARRA Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) funds and to provide a lasting impact on Indiana's criminal justice system. The goals of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute's JAG Program are to: provide innovative law enforcement programming to meet the needs of local communities, develop law enforcement initiatives that will target specific drug crimes and offenders, increase youth prevention programs, provide community-based alternatives to incarceration, develop reentry programs, enhance criminal justice information sharing technology initiatives, and create and/or maintain jobs in the criminal justice field. Through meeting their goals for the Recovery Act JAG Program, ICJI will create or maintain jobs, deliver technology to all 92 counties to enhance criminal justice information sharing, and collect internal performance measures to ensure program success.


Date Created: May 18, 2009