Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $924,000)
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.
Specifically, the State of Colorado intends to use Formula grant funds to address Disproportionate Minority Contact by improving their data collection and analysis system, the juvenile justice system response to minority youth and their families, and provide technical assistance and training; address the needs of juveniles with mental health issues to prevent them from entering the justice system; maintain adequate compliance monitoring for the core protections of the JJDPA; assist Native American tribes to support delinquency prevention programming; provide substance abuse services; and support training, programs, research, and other initiatives designed to assess and improve practices, policies, or procedures within the juvenile justice system.