Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $6,970,000)
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 Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (SACJJDP) in California was reconstituted effective February 2007, pursuant to the JJDP Act, and functions as California's State Advisory Group (SAG). In carrying out its responsibilities, California's SACJJDP serves as an Executive Steering Committee (ESC) of the Corrections Standards Authority (CSA). The SACJJDP is tasked with review of juvenile crime statistics, identification of trends within the continuum, and development of best practices and relevant policy in making regular recommendations to the CSA. Representative of the local juvenile justice community, the SACJJDP pursues the development of useful solutions and ideas which can be practically applied to support system improvement efforts. In 2009, the SACJJDP completed development of a strategic plan which also resulted in the Title II Formula Block Grant 3-year plan; as such, five program purpose areas were identified in the 2009-2011 three-year plan. The five focus areas are as follows: alternatives to detention, evidence-based programming, DMC, holistic approach to offender counsel, and restorative justice principles. Upon recommendation of the SACJJDP, the CSA plans to issue a statewide Request for Proposals (RFP) that will invite local governments, private nonprofit agencies, and tribes to compete for available Formula Grant funds. Title II Formula Grant funds are allocated on a 3 year cycle provided Congress appropriates continued funding. Since eligibility for second and third year funding is contingent on grantees' ability to demonstrate progress toward achieving the identified goals for the project, the application requires grantees to identify strengths and weaknesses of the program during the first and second year, and to describe modifications needed to improve the program in the second and third year of the program.