Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $394,924)
The Formula Grants Program is authorized under the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act. The purpose of this program is to support state and local delinquency prevention and intervention efforts and juvenile justice system improvements. Supported activities and efforts 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) of the JJDP Act.
Nevada will use Title II Formula funds to provide delinquency prevention programming to youth throughout the state. Funds will also be used to ensure compliance with the four core requirements of the JJDP Act, 2002. The Juvenile Justice Programs Office in conjunction with the Nevada Juvenile Justice Commission (JJC) will provide funding, oversight and technical assistance to local probation departments, not-for-profit agencies and state correctional facilities for programming to youth involved or at risk of involvement in the juvenile justice system.
Nevada is continually working on juvenile justice system improvements and increasing the involvement of stakeholders in the juvenile justice system of care in efforts to develop and implement solutions that address the root causes of juvenile delinquency. By addressing the source of the issue, the intended byproduct is preventing the offense from occurring in the first place.
Nevada is currently investigating how to address the disparately high number of Black/African American youth seen within all contact points, but especially arrest. The JJC has a designated a DMC committee to address this disproportionality.