Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $2,639,151)
New York State’s current juvenile justice plan focuses on goals that will improve the quality of juvenile justice data, increase the state’s capacity for implementing and monitoring responsive and effective programs and services, ensure that justice-involved youth will be treated equitably, and integrate restorative and developmentally appropriate approaches into delinquency prevention and intervention practice.
New York’s juvenile population includes children aged 7 to 15; Raise the Age (RTA) legislation passed in 2017 raises the age of criminal responsibility to 16, effective October 1, 2018 and to 17, effective October 1, 2019. New York’s current three-year plan focuses on improving community and justice system responses to all justice-involved youth, and particularly addresses the needs of girls, gender nonconforming youth, those affected by mental health issues and trauma histories and youth from rural areas. In addition, planning will take into account the needs of older youth coming under the jurisdiction of Family Court and the importance of providing developmentally appropriate supports.
Title II funds will support training for system stakeholders, including law enforcement, staff from state and local government agencies, school personnel, service providers, community members and youth. The Juvenile Justice Advisory Group (JJAG) will support training and technical assistance intended to reduce racial and ethnic disparities and development of mechanisms for improving New York’s capacity for designing, implementing, monitoring and assessing the effectiveness of programs and services.
Federal program areas include:
#6. Delinquency Prevention
#17. School programs
#21. Disproportionate minority contact
#23. Gender specific services
#27. Juvenile Justice System Improvement
#30. Rural Area Juvenile Programs
Federal performance measures will be collected to measure attainment of project goals.