Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $725,358)
This program will provide funds to three state and/or local administering agencies for juvenile justice to develop and implement an integrated set of evidence-based and cost-measurement tools that will enable them to make informed decisions about resources and services for justice-involved youth. OJJDP expects awardees to fully participate in training and technical assistance and an evaluation of this initiative. The initiative will determine whether systematic use of these tools helps awardees realign services and costs and ensure the provision of the right services, for the right youth, for the right duration of time. This program is authorized by Pub. L. 111-117, 123 Stat. 3034, 3171 and Pub. L. 112-74, 125 Stat. 786, 898.
The Juvenile Justice Reform and Reinvestment Demonstration Program as implemented in Milwaukee County will provide the tools and expertise to achieve a comprehensive service delivery system in which youth are matched to the appropriate level of supervision and effective services in accordance with presenting risk and needs. Through using evidence-based tools to assess the relative effectiveness, including cost-effectiveness, of programming options available to juvenile justice youth, Milwaukee County will have information needed to make fully informed decisions about services at the client and system levels. Information obtained through this process will also be used to improve existing services. The ultimate goal of these efforts is to improve outcomes for youth in the juvenile justice system.