Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $1,103,391)
The New Jersey Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Committee has identified the following priorities: Juvenile Justice System Improvement, Racial and Ethnic Disparities (RED), Aftercare/Reentry, Gender-Specific Services, Delinquency Prevention, School Programs, and Compliance Monitoring. The JJDP Committee fulfills its purpose by working to achieve the following goals: increase knowledge and awareness of post high school education and employment opportunities; ensure equitable treatment of youth involved in the juvenile justice system; reduce recidivism and increase the success of youth returning home after incarceration; ensure that at-risk youth are provided gender appropriate responsive services; ensure compliance with the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act as Amended by the Juvenile Justice Reform Act (JJRA) of 2018.); provide positive youth development activities to at-risk youth; and improve law enforcement and youth interaction. Funds will not be used to conduct research.
These goals will be met through the following activities:
Support state level initiatives, training, and technical assistance to improve the juvenile justice system in New Jersey, such as hosting post-secondary education forums for at-risk youth and youth involved in the juvenile justice system.
Collect, analyze, and disseminate current information that increases knowledge of ongoing Racial and Ethnic Disparities (RED) issues while increasing the capacity to develop strategies to address RED statewide. To provide funding for at least one activity annually.
Support aftercare/reentry programs for youth released from Juvenile Justice Commission programs and facilities.
Provide young people with opportunities to grow, develop a positive self-image, develop skills, and connect with community resources to meet their needs and help achieve their goals, specifically as it relates to gender identity.
Provide funds for a Compliance Monitor to ensure New Jersey’s compliance with the JJDP Act by monitoring local and state secure facilities that may hold juveniles.
Provide positive youth development activities to at-risk youth.
Provide informal and formal diversions to low level offenders.
Support efforts to improve law enforcement and youth interaction while promoting public safety.
The JJDP Committee will measure progress through the mandatory output and outcome measures identified in each program area. These measures will include but not be limited to, the number of youth served; percentage of youth exhibiting changes in targeted behaviors; number of youth completing program requirements; and the number and percent of youth who have offended or reoffended.