Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $442,589)
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; disproportionate minority contact; juvenile justice issues for Native 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 Colorado Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Council has prioritized Juvenile Justice System Improvement (JJSI), Native American Programming, Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC), and Compliance Monitoring as the main purpose areas for its focus from 2012-2014. For JJSI, the goal is to prevent low risk, high need youth (LRHN) from entering or further penetrating the juvenile justice system through system improvement efforts building off of the myriad of initiatives already active in the state, promotion of evidence-based principles in children, youth and family services, and supporting professionalism for systems professionals. With the assistance of the Executive Secretary of the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs, who is also a Council member, the JJDP Council will work closely with the Ute Mountain and Southern Ute Indian Tribes in meeting their needs related to juvenile justice. DMC will continue as a priority; the Council building off of the work in process with its Coalition for Minority Youth Equality (CMYE), and finally, Colorado's Compliance Monitoring process and issues raised in the process will continue to be supported and brought to the Council to address. The Division of Criminal Justice will create a reporting process for all projects funded with the Title II/Formula grant funds for reporting both to the Council and the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. NCA/NCF