Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $360,000)
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.
Arkansas will support State and local delinquency prevention and intervention efforts and juvenile justice system improvements for the following designated program areas: (6) Compliance Monitoring to monitor juvenile detention facilities and temporary holding resources and jails/lockups, and all other applicable facilities in the State's Compliance Monitoring Universe; (8) Deinstitutionalization of Status Offenders for programs, research, or other initiatives to eliminate or prevent the placement of accused or adjudicated status offenders and nonoffenders in secure facilities, pursuant to Section 223(a)(11) of the JJDP Act; (9) Delinquency Prevention to divert at risk youth from secure detention; (10) Disproportionate Minority Contact to reduce the disproportionate rate of minority youth who have contact with the juvenile justice system focusing on community-based programs and data collection; (13) Gender-Specific Services to address the needs of female offenders in the juvenile justice system; (19) Juvenile Justice System Improvement for programs, research, and other initiatives to examine issues or improve practices, policies, or procedures on a system-wide basis (e.g., examining problems affecting decisions from arrest to disposition and detention to corrections); (20) Mental Health to improve the mental health services for children and families which are involved in social systems; (23) Planning and Administration for activities related to state plan development, other pre-awarded activities, and administration of the Formula Grant Program, including evaluation, monitoring, and one full-time staff position pursuant to Section 222 (c) of the JJDP Act and the OJJDP Formula Grant Regulation; (27) School Programs that will focus on services to prevent truancy, suspension, and expulsion; and (31)State Advisory Group Allocation for activities related to carrying out the State Advisory Group's responsibilities under Section 223(a)(3) of the JJDP Act.