Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $600,000)
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.
The State of Idaho intends to use Formula grant funds to address: Graduated Sanctions to develop a well structured system of phases that address the needs of offenders, their families and public safety; Disproportionate Minority Contact by implementing a coordinated strategy to prevent system involvement; Compliance Monitoring to provide adequate monitoring of secure and non-secure facilities, ensuring compliance with the core protections of the JJDPA; System Improvement to increase community safety by holding offenders accountable while assisting youth in the development of competencies; and support tribal communities as they honor traditional values and practices.
This plan compliments the priorities of the Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections, the Juvenile Justice Children's Mental Health Workgroup, and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Team to create systemic improvements with a focus on families, victims, and implementation of empirically supported programs. This plan will focus on four priority areas: Parenting and Family Involvement, Reintegration, Community Resources, and System Improvement.
The State of Idaho is facing many challenges that require innovative solutions and collaboration. The Commission intends to support the District and Tribal Council's efforts to implement their Action Plans. The Commission will partner with Councils to streamline and standardize training and granting processes.