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2013 Formula Grant Application to Address Delinquency Prevention and System Improvements within Hawaii's Juvenile Justice System

Award Information

Award #
2013-MU-FX-0037
Location
Congressional District
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2013
Total funding (to date)
$797,892

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $404,225)

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 Office of Youth Services and the Juvenile Justice State Advisory Council has taken the position of changing a system of locking up youths to a system of collaboration and partnership with individuals, community organizations, and others that can better connect and relate to the challenges and needs of youth offenders and their families. The emphasis is on healing and restorative justice that can eventually be accomplished through collaboration, leadership, and funding support.

The change to gradually transform the system to a community-based (family centered and youth driven) system, where youth, families, and the respective community take the lead, is a result of Hawaii's Juvenile Crime Analysis and the DMC Assessment Study, both completed in 2012. The Juvenile Crime Analysis revealed the top offenses committed by youths are status offenses followed by misdemeanor property damage. The DMC Study reveals Native Hawaiian/part Hawaiian youth are overrepresented at each decision point in the system especially at the point of arrest.

Consequently, Hawaii's DMC Reduction Model provides the process with which healing and restorative justice methods can be applied through an assessment center concept that is culturally sensitive and can connect and relate with family members, community organizations, service agencies, school personnel, and others who may be able to support and assist them. Youths aged 17 and below are expected to be served in all program opportunities. Quarterly reports and the OJJDP Performance Measurement will be utilized to gauge successes and areas that need improvements or require immediate attention.
NCA/NCF

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 through a range of administration, compliance and program activities including those that address juvenile justice issues for Native American Indian tribes.

The Hawaii Department of Human Services Office of Youth Services will use FY 14 formula funds to ensure compliance with the core requirements of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. 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 into the juvenile justice system (alternatives to secure detention). Programming will support reducing over-representation of minority youth with guidance from OJJDP on the DMC Reduction Model and on interpreting and analyzing Relative Rate Indices, and diversion programs for status offenders and minor law violators. Youth aged 17 and below are expected to be served in all program opportunities. Hawaii's 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. NCA/NCF

Date Created: September 15, 2013