Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $455,587)
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 Minnesota Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee (JJAC) is a supervisory board appointed by the Governor to oversee juvenile justice practice within the state of Minnesota. It is housed in the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) within the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS). JJAC's plan for the Formula Grants Program for FFY 2012 includes allocations to Planning and Administration (program area 23), State Advisory Group Allocation (program area 31), Compliance Monitoring (program area 6), Native American Programs (SPA 22) and Delinquency Prevention (SPA 09).
The JJAC will continue its efforts to: accurately report on the JJDP Act's four core requirements via data improvement and education to those juvenile justice agencies which have responsibility for juveniles; work with the Minnesota legislature to educate lawmakers on the need for clarifying protections for the state's juveniles; fund prevention programs that meet best practice standards; and, continue to engage and educate other Minnesota policymakers on best practices within the juvenile justice field. NCA/NCF