Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $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.
New Mexico plans to use 50% ($300,000) of the FY 2011 Title II Formula Grant award for Juvenile Justice System improvement. Specific program areas to be addressed include: Alternatives to Detention, Jail Removal and Deinstitutionalization of Status Offenders, Graduated Sanctions and Interventions, and Gender Specific Services. Additional program areas that will receive funding are Disproportionate Minority Contact, Juvenile Programs for Rural Areas, Delinquency Prevention, and Native American programming. Funds will also be used for the State Advisory Group and Planning and Administration