Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $600,000)
The Formula Grants Program is authorized under the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act of 2002. The purpose of this program is to support State and local delinquency prevention and intervention efforts and juvenile justice system improvements. Program areas may include: Planning and administration; State Advisory Group allocation; compliance monitoring; juvenile justice issues for American Indian tribes; prevention of substance abuse by juveniles; prevention of serious and violent crimes by juveniles; prevention of juvenile gang involvement and illegal youth gang activities; prevention of delinquent acts and identification of youth at risk of delinquency; and improvement of juvenile justice system operations, policies, and procedures including establishing a system of graduated sanctions, treatment programs, and aftercare.
In addition to the allocations for planning and administration and the State Advisory Group, Hawaii intends to spend federal funding on four standard programs areas:
02 - Alternatives to Detention - To eliminate the inappropriate detention of juveniles at Hale Ho'omalu and to support the State's detention reform efforts through the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI).
08 - Deinstitutionalization of Status Offenders - To continue the Valid Court Order Dispositional Review contract, which provides an independent reviewer to make recommendations to the Family Court for youth who have violated the valid court order.
10 -Disproportionate Minority Contact - To provide systems reform efforts, and education awareness activities to address the disproportionate representation of minority youth at the various decision points in the juvenile justice system.
19 - Systems Improvement -In light of the State's economic downturn and need to close the latest $255 million revenue shortfall (additional expected in June 2010) State supported JJ personnel may face a reduction in work force. As temporary and appointed positions, the JJ personnel may be the first affected by a reduction in work force. Should this materialize, grants management personnel may be necessary to carry on the administrative functions of the Department of Justice grants. These funds would be to pay for a position or to contract these services out, at least on a temporary basis.