Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $250,000)
The OJJDP FY 09 Earmarks Programs further the Department's mission by providing grants, cooperative agreements, and other assistance authorized by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended, to organizations identified in the Explanatory Statement Regarding H.R. 1105 (Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009), 155 Cong. Rec. H1653 (daily ed. Feb. 23, 2009) (statement by Rep. Obey, Chairman of the Committee on Appropriations of the House).
The Youth Crime Watch (YCW) program goal is designed to expand the existing Safe Neighborhood and Youth Development Initiative to include collaborative efforts between 1) the Jackson Police Department with implementation of the PAL (Police Athletic League), a national crime prevention program that uses educational, athletic and recreational activities to forge a bond between police officers and young people; 2) the Jackson Public School District; and 3) the target community. The purpose is to provide social services to at least fifty (50) targeted youth between the ages of 11-16 who are considered at-risk. Differentiation in programmatic services mainly will focus on youth referred by community service agencies and the area or beat where they reside. This program will include prevention as well as intervention services depending on the referral. The proposed components of this initiative is law enforcement and community relations designed to increase police capacity to reduce crime by increasing police/community partnerships and increasing citizen participation for a holistic approach to reducing crime.
The objective of YCW is to design and maintain a community-based prevention/intervention program that provides supervision, tracking and evaluation for improved services to at-risk youth between the ages of 11-16. The progress will be measured by continuing to improved coordination of efforts among networking agencies, reduction in recidivism among juvenile offenders, improved support system for juvenile services, reduction in overcrowding in juvenile detention centers, increase in community awareness and neighborhood restoration.