Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $600,000)
The Formula Grants Program is authorized under the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act of 2002. The purpose of this program is to support State and local delinquency prevention and intervention efforts and juvenile justice system improvements. Program areas may include: Planning and administration; State Advisory Group allocation; compliance monitoring; juvenile justice issues for 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.
In addition to the allocations for planning and administration and the State Advisory Group, Maine intends to spend federal funding on four standard programs areas:
02 - Alternatives to Detention ' To eliminate the inappropriate detention of juveniles by increasing the number of alternatives and enhancing the effectiveness of already existing alternatives to detention.
06 ' Compliance Monitoring ' Funding for one full-time Compliance Monitor
09 ' Delinquency Prevention ' Funding to support a variety of delinquency prevention programs to include mentoring, conflict management, family capacity building, crisis intervention for youth exposed to violence, restorative justice, and collaborative problem solving.
10 ' Disproportionate Minority Contact ' To continue the contractual agreement with both the Muskie School of Public Service and the University of Maine School of Law to implement best practices by planning and collaborating with researchers on the DMC Assessment study.
19 ' Systems Improvement ' To promote the adoption of adjudicatory competency standards and protocols approved by stakeholders through legislation and implemented by the Court and through legislation.
22 ' Native American Programs ' Support for comprehensive services for all Native American youth who are at risk or involved with the Tribal Court juvenile justice system and/or the State's juvenile justice system.
27 ' School Programs ' Support for programs designed to reduce the incidences of suspensions and expulsions.