Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $582,443)
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 as found in section 223(a)(9) of the JJDP Act.
The Colorado Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Council has prioritized compliance with Disproportionate Minority Contact and Compliance Monitoring and providing training, technical assistance and oversight for these areas. In addition, Indian Tribe programming has been prioritized. For many years, the JJDP Council has provided funding beyond the minimum pass-through for the two tribes based in Southwest Colorado. With the assistance of the Executive Secretary of the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs, the JJDP Council will work closely with the Ute Mountain Ute and Southern Ute Indian Tribes in meeting their needs related to juvenile justice. Finally, Juvenile Justice System Improvement is a priority and focused on the goals of preventing low risk, high need youth from entering or further penetrating the juvenile justice system by building on numerous improvement initiatives already active in the state, the promotion of evidence-based principles in children, youth and family services, and supporting cross-system professional development.