Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $5,546,529)
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 California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Corrections Standards Authority (CSA), is the State agency responsible for administering OJJDP's Title II Formula Grant program. The CSA is focused on supporting counties in serving at-risk and system involved youth and blending State and Federal funding streams to provide both direct services and systems improvement/reform. The State Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (SACJJDP) was reconstituted effective February 2007, pursuant to the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act, and functions as California's State Advisory Group (SAG). In carrying out its responsibilities, California's SACJJDP serves as an Executive Steering Committee (ESC) of the CSA. The SACJJDP is tasked with review of juvenile crime statistics, identification of trends within the continuum, and development of best practices and relevant policy in making regular recommendations to the CSA. Representative of the local juvenile justice community, the SACJJDP pursues the development of useful solutions and ideas which can be practically applied to support system improvement efforts. In the final year of its 2009 3-year plan, the CSA will continue to focus on DMC and evidence-based programming, while additionally bolstering efforts to serve those youth throughout the juvenile justice continuum through alternatives to detention, holistic approaches to offender counsel and restorative justice program priority areas.