Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $78,750)
The Title II Formula grant program is prioritized for the continuation of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) juvenile justice systems improvement, compliance monitoring, and delinquency prevention programs. A portion is also set aside for Planning and Administration and for State Advisory Group (SAG) activities. The main population served under this program includes, but is not limited to juvenile justice service providers and delinquency prevention programs that serve youth in school and out in the community. Most sub-grant programs will be government agencies and schools, however, qualified non-profit organizations that serve the youth are may also apply for funding. Funds will be made available to any program within the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands including the islands of Saipan, Tinian, and Rota.
The major activities funded under this program are the planning and administration of the Title II Formula grant funds which is the responsibility of the Criminal Justice Planning Agency (CJPA). CJPA is the Designated State Agency for all Department of Justice grant funds. These funds will also support the position of the Juvenile Justice Specialist under CJPA who also functions as the State Compliance Monitor. Funds under this purpose area are to be used to defray costs for technical assistance training and on site compliance monitoring of programs and facilities in the islands of Saipan, Tinian, and Rota. Lastly, the main goal of the CNMI’s SAG is to utilize the remaining funds to be made available through requests for proposals to interested applicants that will implement delinquency prevention and juvenile justice system improvement programs. Delinquency Prevention programs are any community programs that will help keep youth out of the justice system. Systems improvement programs will focus on enhancing the efforts of juvenile justice service providers, specifically in the areas of Enforcement, Detention, Probation, and the Juvenile Justice Task Force. All sub-grant applications go through a review process through CJPA and the SAG before any funds are awarded to programs.
To measure program progress towards goals and ensure compliance with OJJDP core requirements, CJPA conducts technical assistance workshops for awarded programs and also monitors each programs progress throughout the project period through site visits and Quarterly Progress Reports. These reports are compiled and submitted to OJJDP online via the DCTAT and JustGrants systems.