Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $570,000)
Wyoming has chosen not to participate in the Formula Grants Program, Title II, Part B of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended (JJDP Act). As such, the state is ineligible to receive the FY 2011 Title II Formula Grants Program allocation authorized under Sections 221-3 of the JJDP Act (42 U.S.C. Sections 5631-3). Accordingly, OJJDP is competitively awarding the state's allocation through the Nonparticipating State Program: Wyoming.
Volunteers of America Northern Rockies (VOA) will continue efforts to bring Wyoming into compliance with the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 2002 (JJDPA). Wyoming is currently the only state that chooses not to participate with the JJDPA formula grants program, and the state is out of compliance with three of the four core requirements of the JJDPA. This grant will support the efforts of individuals around Wyoming who are committed to finding alternatives to secure detention for juvenile offenders. Despite its nonparticipating state status, Wyoming has made considerable progress in reducing its reliance on secure detention for youth. From 2007 to 2009, the status offense violation rate has decreased by 51%, the number of Sight/Sound violations has decreased by 2%, and the jail removal violation rate has decreased by 38%. To sustain this momentum, VOA will build upon the partnerships generated through years of service to Wyoming's youth. VOA looks to further cultivate relationships and to distribute funding in an effort to overcome obstacles and create new opportunities for success. CA/NCF