Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $909,701)
Funds made available through the Title II Formula Grants program support various state and local efforts throughout Tennessee (TN) to develop programs with a focus on delinquency prevention and treatment programs, racial and ethnic disparities and juvenile justice system improvement efforts. Funding is provided statewide to private/non-profit organizations and public entities for the purpose of addressing and reducing juvenile delinquency. The service population includes youth, 18 years and younger. The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth (TCCY) believes early intervention and prevention measures will assist in the expected outcome of diverting youth from juvenile justice system involvement by providing community-based alternatives. Identified purpose areas for this Three-year plan are: Planning and Administration, State Advisory Group (SAG), Compliance Monitoring, Delinquency Prevention, Juvenile Justice System Improvement, Racial and Ethnic Disparities (R/ED) and Substance and Alcohol Abuse. A survey was distributed to seek input from youth currently under the jurisdiction of the juvenile justice system and the responses along with an analysis of youth crime data in TN helped in developing the state's proposed plan. TCCY juvenile justice staff and regional coordinators monitor adult jails and lockups, secure detention and secure correctional facilities to ensure compliance with the Juvenile Justice Reform Act (JJRA) of 2018 core requirements. TN remains in compliance with the core requirements. No portion of the project budget will be used to conduct research.