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National Centers for Youth in Custody

Award Information

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $250,000)

Under this program, the successful applicant will establish the OJJDP National Training and Technical Assistance Center for Youth in Custody (the Center) to provide education, training, and technical assistance for state, local, and tribal departments of juvenile justice and corrections, service providers, and private organizations that operate juvenile facilities. The Center will serve the range of facilities in which juveniles are placed, including adult facilities, and the unique population of juveniles in these institutions. The Center will emphasize the rehabilitative goals of the juvenile justice system and provide comprehensive training, technical assistance, and resources directly to justice facilities that detain or confine youth. The Center will also update and contribute to the knowledge base of best practices in detaining or confining youth. Legislative authorization for this program can be found under Sections 221¨C223 of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDP Act), 42 U.S.C. 5631-5633.

OJJDP has decided to make awards to two organizations to fulfill the responsibilities of this initiative. One of the organizations, the National Partnership for Juvenile Services (NPJS), is a collaborative of five national professional associations addressing issues related to youth in custody, in collaboration with the Center for Children's Law and Policy (CCLP) and the Youth Law Center (YLC), and supported by many leading foundations and universities. NPJS will utilize a multi-disciplinary network of centers for youth in custody that makes full use of advances in web-based technologies, applications of evidence-based programs, development of standards and policies that protect youth safety through improved conditions, and enhance workforce development through quality training and technical assistance services.

Date Created: September 16, 2010