Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $639,316)
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 Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP) will use Title II funds to support Program Area #10, Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) and Program Area #17, Jail Removal. The State of Maryland will prioritize efforts to reduce minority overrepresentation in Maryland's juvenile justice system and the number of jail removal core protection violations. GOCCP will continue to engage stakeholders in assessing community needs, support statewide assessment of DMC, and evaluations of DMC programs. The GOCCP will use a majority of the funding to support the following activities to bring the State into compliance with the jail removal core requirement of the JJDP Act: (a) hiring of central intake staff dedicated to case management; (b) funding overtime for existing central intake staff and for law enforcement for transportation needs; (c) procuring and implementing a secure web based video conferencing system to eliminate the travel requirement for the central intake rapid responders and to speed up and streamline the secure transfer of police reports, and emergency detention authorization approvals; and, (d) increasing the use of the Garrett County Juvenile Holdover Unit to provide temporary detention of juvenile offenders in the Western Maryland Region. (NCA/NCF)