Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $200,000)
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).
Baltimore City's Juvenile Screening and Diversion Program will reduce juvenile recidivism by offering diversion services for youth ages 8 to 17 arrested for nonviolent offenses in Baltimore City. Trained Diversion Assessment Specialists housed in City's Juvenile Booking Facility will work to assess youth eligible for diversion and refer them to diversion programs. Assessments will be conducted to determine the needs of each youth and to make referrals to appropriate, evidence-based services as an alternative to entry into the juvenile justice system.
Funds will be used to hire and support the work of two full-time and one part-time Diversion Assessment Specialists. Funds will also be used to increase the availability of services through Baltimore City's Teen Court program.