Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $152,658)
The State of Delaware is responsible for 100% of juvenile services and has been approved by OJJDP for a waiver of the 75% pass-through requirement to units of local government. JABG programming in Delaware will continue to hold serious, violent, chronic juvenile offenders increasingly accountable for the crimes they have committed. Delaware's JABG plan maintains enhancements to the State's juvenile justice system so that juvenile offenders are held accountable to the public, to the criminal justice system and to themselves. With the cooperative leadership among member agencies, plus the ingenuity of the Criminal Justice Council, Juvenile Crime Enforcement Coalition (JCEC), Delaware's JABG plan is designed to make a significant change in the juvenile justice system. JABG funds will be used for the following two program areas: #13 School Safety - The JCEC subcommittee will work with the Department of Education in addressing the safety issues predominately resulting in juvenile arrests statewide. Programming will be conducted within the juvenile justice system on several levels in order to provide early intervention/ prevention for first time offenders. Training for school resource officers, school officials, and court staff will be considered in establishing an accountability-based program to address such issues as bullying, cyber bullying, gang prevention and delinquency.
#12 Risk and Needs Assessment - The JCEC subcommittee will collaborate with the Family Court as well as the Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services, Prevention and Behavioral Health, in identifying the system point in which the assessment would be implemented. The assessment will assist the juvenile justice system, schools and social service agencies in making informed decisions regarding early identification, intervention and treatment of juveniles participating in the diversion programs.