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Delinquency Prevention

Award Information

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $404,007)

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 primary focus of the projects/programs targeted with the assistance of the 2013 Formula Grant allocations in Rhode Island will continue to be improvement of the RI juvenile justice systems' ability to respond to juvenile offending behaviors quickly and effectively. The populations to be served include at-risk youth statewide between the ages of 7 to 17 years. The State of Rhode Island bears the primary responsibility for all juvenile justice related activities. As in past years Rhode Island's request for waiver of the pass through amount will allow the seriously reduced JJDPA funds to have the most impact, remaining at the State Level. The RI Family Court (SPA 07) is an essential element in RI's plan with the Juvenile Drug Court providing targeted services to specific areas of need.

Compliance with the Core Requirements continues to be a primary focus, and RI's JDAI/Casey Foundation project has been partnering with Rhode Island's DMC initiative with good initial results. Data collection to support performance measures will be done in collaboration with courts, police, the juvenile hearing board, and schools.


Date Created: September 15, 2013