Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $600,000)
The Formula Grants Program is authorized under the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act of 1974, as amended. 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.
The Connecticut Office of Policy and Management's 2011 Juvenile Justice Plan Update presents plans for compliance with the four core protections of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended, and provides descriptions of programs to be funded with 2011 Formula Grants funds. Funds will be used to support projects in the areas of law-related education, improving school attendance, addressing disproportionate minority contact (DMC) through enhancing police-youth interactions, addressing DMC through a fourth assessment study and improving the system through research, training and technical assistance. Performance measures for program funding, processes for compliance monitoring and use of data on DMC are all part of the strategic plan for the most effective use of these funds.