Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $30,000)
The OJJDP FY 2021 Title II Formula Grants Program, State Advisory Group (SAG) Grant will continue to be used by the State of Wyoming to support the State Advisory Council on Juvenile Justice (SACJJ). The SACJJ advises the Governor in the development and review of Wyoming's juvenile justice planning, develops recommendations of priorities and needed improvements with respect to juvenile justice, delinquency prevention, juvenile services, and assists in the coordination, of the development of and enhancement of local, state, and regional juvenile justice programs. The SACJJ works in collaboration with other state and local governments and community agencies toward strengthening Wyoming’s juvenile justice system, and to provide vision, training and support for a model juvenile justice system in Wyoming.
A major part of the SACJJ’s core business is to approve the award of funds and provide ongoing oversight to the juvenile justice grants administered through the Department of Family Services. To be effective in this role, the SACJJ continually engages in a coordinated planning process that impacts local and statewide juvenile justice policy, informs and improves practice, fosters the development of model programs, and defines consistent philosophies for how to address the needs of children in Wyoming’s juvenile justice system. Therefore, the Council will continue to support the following:
• Ensuring that (1) youth in detention facilities are sight and sound separated from adults; (2) Children in Need of Supervision (CHINS) are not placed in a detention facility; (3) youth are removed from adult correctional facilities; and (4) there is not disproportionate minority contact;
• Continue to support the efforts of the Community Juvenile Service Boards, the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, and the use of evidence-based practices;
• Continue to support efforts for Wyoming to be in compliance with the JJDP Act;
• Support efforts to assist local communities to develop local resources to keep children in their homes, communities, and school;
• Support efforts to at continuing the ROM statewide juvenile data collection system;
• Work collaboratively with the two Native American tribes to address mutual juvenile issues;
• Collaborate with the Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police on the improvement of the Juvenile Detention Risk Assessment instrument;
• Become a viable resource and address requests of the Governor’s Office in the area of juvenile justice, specifically (1) Recidivism; (2) Data collection; (3) Leveraging resources; and (4) Examine and analyze rewards and consequences of continuing to move towards compliance with the JJDPA and;
• No portion of the budget will be used to conduct research as defined in the Project Evaluations section of the grant solicitation.