Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $74,344)
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.
The FY18 Title II Formula grant program is prioritized for the continuation of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) juvenile justice systems improvement, compliance monitoring, and delinquency prevention programs. A portion is also set aside for Planning and Administration and for State Advisory Group (SAG) activities. These funds will also support the position of the Juvenile Justice Specialist under CJPA who also functions as the State Compliance Monitor. Systems improvement programs will focus on enhancing the efforts of juvenile justice service providers, specifically in the areas of Enforcement, Detention, Probation, and the Juvenile Justice Task Force.