Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $632,000)
The Formula Grants Program is authorized under the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act of 1974, as amended. 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.
Utah's Title II Formula Grants Three-Year Plan was developed to complement the strategies and programs of other State and federal grant programs such as JABG, Justice Assistance Grant, Residential Substance Abuse Treatment, Title V, and Utah's Crime Prevention and Gang Mini-Grant programs. Specifically, the State's Three-Year Plan addresses the gaps in services and other areas of need. Additionally, the plan takes into consideration the findings of the Utah Board of Juvenile Justice's Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Committee.
The Utah State Advisory Group has set priorities for the following funding areas:
1. Prevent the use of illegal drugs and alcohol by youth.
2. Expand and improve sex offender services and resources within the juvenile justice system.
3. Increase access to prevention and early intervention programs for gang involved youth.
4. Reduce the disproportionate representation of minority youth at decision points within the juvenile justice system from arrest through transfer and waiver to the adult system.
With this plan, Utah has established a firm commitment to attain a balance between the legitimate needs of the community, the juvenile offender, and the victim.