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).
Arlington County coordinates with the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force which has a Prevention and Intervention Coordinating Committee that is comprised of 5 Gang Response Intervention Team Coordinators who work together regionally, each of whom also coordinates a local response team. The Committee is overseen by a Gang Prevention Steering Board, comprised of 6 Juvenile Court Service Unit Directors from Northern Virginia. This group developed a Regional Strategic Prevention Plan that includes specific activities needed to accomplish its goals and functions in large part on earmarked funding. In light of this Strategic Plan, the Arlington County Court Services Unit proposes to use OJJDP funds to support regional and local efforts to prevent and reduce gang involvement. A portion of the funds, $150,000 will be redirected to the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force's steering board. Alexandria City and Arlington County have agreed to share the costs for regional initiatives as both jurisdictions have received identical earmarks for gang prevention activities. The Arlington Court Service Unit will use the remaining $100,000 for local programming. Other proposed activities include a follow-up town meeting to discuss gang problems in the local community and collaborative solutions and workshops for teens involved in the juvenile justice system on sexting and teen violence.