Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $33,486)
This program intends to reduce risks and enhance protective factors to prevent at-risk youth from entering the juvenile justice systems and to intervene with first-time and non-serious offenders to keep them out of the juvenile justice system.
Texas will provide funding to programs supporting collaborative, community-based delinquency prevention efforts that will address the following areas: prevention and early intervention designed to positively impact youth prior to their involvement in the juvenile justice system or at their first offense and divert them from a path of serious, violent, and chronic delinquency. Programs may include support for school resource officers, alcohol and substance abuse education, mentoring and after-school programs; Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) to decrease disproportionality for minority youth who have a higher rate of contact with the juvenile justice system than do non-Hispanic white youth; gang prevention and intervention that will address issues related to juvenile gang activity such as recruitment of members and information sharing and efforts directed at reducing gang-related activities; and specialized treatment services that will address the use and abuse of illegal substances, prescription and non-prescription drugs, and alcohol. Counseling and professional therapy may also be provided to sex offenders and youth with anger management issues.