Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $48,428)
The Law Enforcement Planning Commission (LEPC), the Designated State Agency (DSA) for the U.S. Virgin Islands will sub-grant funds to local units of government to strengthen the juvenile justice system in the territory. The program(s) will focus on the offenders, instead of satisfying abstract legal principles or punishing the offender. Juvenile offenders identified by the Virgin Islands Superior Court will be encouraged to take responsibility for their actions. LEPC will sub-grant funds for establishing and maintaining restorative justice program in the territory. The program purpose will be 1) To assist offenders to understand their responsibilities; 2) To restore the community to the degree possible; and 3) To teach youth skills to assist them after they are released such as vocational skills, time management, and personal responsibility.