Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $3,281,000)
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 New York Juvenile Justice Advisory Group's annual update to the Comprehensive Three Year Plan for Delinquency Prevention is to reduce serious, violent and chronic juvenile crime through: Reduction of disproportionate minority contact (DMC), Investment in front-end strategies to reduce juvenile crime, Promotion of accountability through the development of accurate and timely information that measures the problem and provides a framework for evaluating program effectiveness, and Reduction of the inappropriate use of secure detention
The JJAG has designated the following Title II purpose areas to ensure offender and system-focused activities that promote crime reduction and system efficacy: Purpose areas 2 - Alternatives to Detention, 5 - Community (Juvenile) Assessment Centers (JAC), 10 - DMC, 19 - Juvenile Justice System Improvement, and 29 - Serious Crime.
In order to reduce DMC, locally based projects will develop and implement data driven DMC reduction strategies. Front-end strategies to reduce juvenile crime will focus on local efforts to pilot juvenile assessment centers. In addition, local projects to provide alternatives to detention for youth through the use of respite care and family team conferencing and to prevent delinquency among high-risk youth through faith based mentoring will be continued. State share funds will promote system accountability through the support of a web-based resource including statewide juvenile justice data and analysis, a model and innovative program guide, funding opportunities and technical assistance resources. Federal performance measures will be collected to measure attainment of project goals.