Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $777,294)
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 Department of Youth Services (DYS) is the designated state agency to receive Title II funds in the State of Ohio. Primarily, grant funds will be used to support Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) reduction strategies in the 14 counties participating in Ohio's DMC Initiative. Funding will also be used to help support the implementation of the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) in five selected counties. The goal of the state is to improve juvenile justice statewide in the areas of both DMC and compliance. By reducing disparity and improving the overall juvenile justice system, a greater number of youth who have contact with the system will be impacted by the positive change. DYS will measure progress toward its goals by using the performance measures prescribed by OJJDP and by continuing to collect data to determine DMC and the level of compliance with DSO, jail removal, and separation. NCA/NCF