Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $943,299)
The Title II Formula Grants Program award supports various state and local efforts throughout Tennessee (TN) to develop more effective education, training, prevention and treatment programs and justice system improvement efforts. TCCY distributes request for proposals statewide ensuring that 66 2/3 percent of funds shall be expended through units of local government, public non-profit and private agencies. Not less than 75 percent of awarded funds shall be used for entities meeting the criteria for evidenced-based programs. Funds will be used to assist counties in TN with alternatives to placing youth in detention and/or adult jails. The service population includes youth 18 years old and younger. A survey is distributed annually to seek regular input from youth currently under the jurisdiction of the youth justice system. Responses from surveys and analysis of youth crime data in TN helped in developing the state's proposed plan. The following purpose areas have been identified for the Three-Year plan: Planning and Administration, State Advisory Group (SAG), Compliance Monitoring, Jail Removal, Delinquency Prevention, Juvenile Justice System Improvement, Racial and Ethnic Disparities (RED) and Substance and Alcohol Abuse. TCCY believes evidence-based prevention and early intervention strategies can assist in deterring youth from ending up in the youth justice system. TCCY youth staff and regional coordinators continue to monitor adult jails, lockup and detention facilities to remain in compliance with the Juvenile Justice Reform Act (JJRA) 2018 four core requirements. No portion of the project budget will be used to conduct research.