Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $400,213)
The Formula Grants Program is authorized under the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act and funds are made available as a result of the FY 2016 Department of Justice appropriations. 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; prevention; and activities to address the core requirements and improvement of juvenile justice system operations and policies, as found in section 223(a)(9) of the JJDP Act.
Vermont has a strong history of maintaining a high level of compliance with the core requirements of the JJDPA that guide this work and assure protections for youth as they come in to contact with law enforcement and the justice system. The State is focusing OJJDP funding on delinquency prevention and system improvement efforts, guided by best practice and established need. Vermont uses these funds to foster innovation and change that benefits children, youth, families, and the communities they live in.
Efforts begun and planned to be maintained include increasing the quality of response to youth so that they become engaged and feel valued in the process, improving coordination and consistency so that all youth regardless of their background, need, or geography are treated with developmentally and culturally responsive interactions that benefit their growth and transition to adulthood, and supporting primary prevention programs. This application also lays the foundation for the first substantial efforts to reduce the Disproportionate Minority Contact of youth of color in the justice system.