Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $84,945)
This program intends to reduce risks and enhance protective factors to prevent at-risk youth from entering the juvenile justice systems and to intervene with first-time and non-serious offenders to keep them out of the juvenile justice system.
Since Disproportionate Minority Contact has been established as a prioritized focus area by the California State Advisory Group, the board members directed the Title V Community Prevention Grant funds toward DMC reduction initiatives. Toward that end, the California Corrections Standard Authority (CSA) has dedicated $80,698 in available federal funds to assist one of the five current Enhanced DMC-Technical Assistance Project participant counties that are developing and/or strengthening community-based DMC reduction activities county-wide, in assessing overrepresentation of disciplinary referrals from local school districts. Subsequent to the competitive process and State Advisory Group approval, the DMC Title V Community Prevention Grant commenced in San Diego, July 1st, 2009. The RFP indicated that second and third year funds for these projects would be contingent upon the availability of federal funds and on the grantees' ability to demonstrate progress toward achieving identified project goals. Since the grantee is meeting its objectives, CSA will continue to support the goals of this grant with the total increase in funds and scope of work with this sole unit of local government.