Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $656,800)
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.
Secure juvenile detention is the most pressing problem in South Carolina's juvenile justice system and it will be the focus of the state's efforts and funding, both Formula and Juvenile Accountability Block Grant, for the next three years. The issue involves misuse of detention (for minor and status offenses), overuse (excessive lengths of stay due to case backlogs, paperwork, and poor communication), and a lack of a continuum of alternatives that can bridge the gap between secure detention and release to parents/guardians. The State will focus on the following program areas: Jail Removal, Compliance Monitoring, and DMC.