Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $573,239)
The purpose of the Charles E. Grassley Title II Formula Grant Program is to assist state agencies, units of local government, tribal jurisdictions, and private nonprofit agencies in implementing innovative delinquency programs within 33 authorized Program and Budget areas. The program will serve all youth in the State of South Carolina under the age of eighteen. Based upon South Carolina’s eligibility determination letter, the state complies with all core requirements. Community-based alternatives to detention, deinstitutionalization of status offenders, the need for gender-specific services, and reducing disparities of system involved youth remain problem areas for South Carolina. Another problematic area for the state is disproportionality among system-involved youth, so the state will build upon its plan to reduce racial and ethnic disparities. By establishing the aforementioned issues as priority areas, South Carolina aims to address the most challenging juvenile problems within our state.
The Office of Highway Safety and Justice Programs (OHSJP) within the South Carolina Department of Public Safety (SCDPS), will administer the Charles E. Grassley Title II Formula Grant Program to provide state agencies, local units of government, tribal jurisdictions, and private nonprofit agencies resources to both address and prevent juvenile delinquency. The OHSJP will use Formula grant funding to provide technical support and training to sub-grantees, the State Advisory Group, and law enforcement agencies for topics and issues involving the JJDPA. The OHSJP will also use these funds to continue monitoring state and local institutions for compliance with the JJDPA and the core principles guiding juvenile detention. The state will submit annual performance reports to the OJJDP to show progress in implementing programs contained in the plan, and will describe the status of compliance with state plan requirements. No portion of the project budget will be used to conduct research in such a way that it meets the DOJ regulatory definition of research at 28 C.F.R. Part 46 (“Protection of Human Subjects”).