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 Justice Grants Administration (JGA) is the designated State agency to receive and administer Title II funds in the District of Columbia. In addition to Planning and Administration and State Advisory Group allocations, the JGA plans to fund activities to support compliance monitoring; to fund activities that address serious and violent crime among youth in the District; and to fund activities that address truancy intervention and prevention. Priority for funding will be given to programs that provide support to status offenders and their families with an emphasis on truancy intervention. Moreover, the Expanding Access to Juvenile Records Amendment Act of 2010 allows appropriate justice and social services agencies greater access to records of youth in custody and under supervision regarding crimes believed to be committed by youth. Data sharing also allows stakeholders to identify need and establish youth eligibility for mental health treatment, services, benefits and support. JGA will commit funds to initiatives that improve capacity of the juvenile justice system to collect, analyze and share data that will help stakeholders to better supervise youth and evaluate effectiveness of programmatic efforts and reform initiatives.