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.
For its FY 2012 Title II Formula Grant award, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) will focus on a primary goal of maintaining compliance with the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act core requirements. Specifically, the State will continue to collect complete and accurate data on juvenile holds from all facilities through regular on-site monitoring, enhance law enforcement training, expand alternatives to secure detention, address disproportionate minority youth contact with the justice system, and utilize Native American pass-through funding to improve access by Alaskan Native youth to community-based delinquency intervention services. (NCA/NCF)