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 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.
The goal of the West Virginia 2009-2011 Formula Grant Application is to prevent and reduce juvenile delinquency and improve the juvenile justice system in the State. The State will utilize FY 2010 Title II grant funds to support projects that:
Prevent juvenile involvement in delinquent activities.
Assist in eliminating risk factors contributing to juvenile crime.
Develop cooperative efforts for services development and delivery.
Train juvenile justice professionals, legislator, policy makers and the public.
Maintain compliance with the mandates for the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDP).
Develop a training protocol for uniform handling of juveniles.
Reduce the number of status offenders in the juvenile justice system.
Specifically, the State Advisory Group (SAG) has identified the following Title II Formula grant program areas as a priority to receive funding: Alternative to Detention, Delinquency Prevention, Child abuse and neglect, Diversion, Gender-Specific Services, Juvenile Justice System Improvement, Restitution/Community Service, School Programs, and Early Intervention.