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 primary purpose of Hawaii's 2011 Formula grant application is to ensure compliance with the core requirements of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended. Selected program areas are designed towards the improvement of the juvenile justice system through the use of the Juvenile Diversion Alternatives Initiative (JDAI); reducing over representation of minority youth with guidance from OJJDP's DMC Reduction Model and the five steps in interpreting and analyzing Relative Rate Indices; diversion programs for status offenders and minor law violators; and alternatives to incarceration. Youths aged 17 and below are expected to be served in all program opportunities. In addressing these program areas, quarterly reports and OJJDP's Performance Measures will be utilized to gauge success and /or areas that need improvements or require immediate attention. The overarching goal is to ensure that the juvenile justice system is strengthened to appropriately meet the needs of youth and their families, as well as to encourage community-based organizations to provide programs or services that prevent juvenile delinquency.