Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $400,000)
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; disproportionate minority contact; juvenile justice issues for Native 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 primary purpose of Hawaii's Formula Grant Application for FY 2012 is to ensure compliance with the core requirements of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended. Selected program areas are designed towards improving the juvenile justice system through the use of alternatives to detention as well as preventing youth offenders from further penetration (alternatives to secure detention) into the juvenile justice system. Programming includes reducing over representation of minority youth with guidance from OJJDP's DMC Reduction Model and the five steps in interpreting and analyzing Relative Rate Indices, and diversion programs for status offenders and minor law violators. Youths, aged 17 and below are expected to be served in all program opportunities. Quarterly reports and OJJDP's performance measurement requirements will be utilized to gauge success and /or areas that need improvements or require immediate attention. The goal is to ensure the juvenile justice system is strengthened to meet the needs of youth and families, as well as encouraging community organizations to provide appropriate programs and services that prevent juvenile delinquency.