Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $603,532)
The District of Columbia is focused on expanding and coordinating resources that meet the needs of all youth, including youth at risk of system involvement, youthful offenders of delinquent acts, and youth engaged in status offense behaviors. The District is also committed to advising city leadership on programs and local policy that prevent system involvement for young people and to identifying existing strategies and exploring new or enhanced strategies that reduce racial and ethnic disparities in our juvenile justice system. Thus, the Juvenile Justice Advisory Group (JJAG), the District's State Advisory Group, on behalf of the District of Columbia, will continue to focus on delinquency prevention, compliance monitoring for the four core requirements, and racial and ethnic disparity reduction work in year two of the 2021-2023 District of Columbia State Plan.
The District of Columbia’s goals for the three-year plan include:
1. To develop and strengthen preventative services and advise on local policy changes designed to reduce the number of youth entering the juvenile justice system.
2. To improve the juvenile justice system through coordination, strategic resource allocation, technical assistance, and collaborative planning.
3. Maintain District compliance with the four core requirements of the JJDPA.
The estimated $ 416,349 in formula funding allocated to the District of Columbia will be utilized to provide pass through dollars to sister agencies and community-based providers focused on the program purpose areas and goals described, along with a limited amount of funds allocated to the JJAG and planning and administration in support of the District’s Juvenile Justice Specialist.