Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $13,499,675)
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 Oregon Criminal Justice Commission (CJC) will use its Fiscal Year 2009 Recovery Act JAG award to fund Measure 57, a citizen initiative that increases prison sentences for non-violent property and drug offenders, and it is estimated to cost the state over $140 million in incarceration cost over the next two years. Under Measure 57, JAG funds will be used to: divert offenders into 'drug court' type programs that are expected to serve approximately 720 offenders per year for four years; and preserve and create jobs for community corrections agencies, treatment programs, courts, and jails. JAG funds will also be used to: supplement current county community corrections payments that allow programs to provide intensive supervision, treatment, sanctions, and court coordination; provide staffing for the Governor mandated Alcohol and Drug Treatment Policy Commission that will produce funding plans for effective alcohol and drug treatment programs and prevention services across all human services and public safety agencies; and support external evaluations conducted by the CJC who currently serves as Oregon's Statistical Analysis Center.