This awardee has received supplemental funding. This award detail page includes information about both the original award and supplemental awards.
Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $405,336)
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 State of Arkansas has embarked on a planned course to transform the state's juvenile justice system, build capacity and foster essential relationships to create a better future for the youth of the State. The aim is to ensure that youth are not inappropriately or unnecessarily held in costly secure confinement, and that taxpayer dollars are spent wisely on services that actually produce good outcomes for youth, families, and the community. During FY 2012-2014, Arkansas and the State Advisory Group will work to develop ways to promote the implementation of evidence based and effective programming while fostering initiatives that will further the Juvenile Justice Reform efforts in the State through system improvement, compliance monitoring and capacity building activities.
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 Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Youth Services (DYS) will use FY 14 Title II Formula Grants to enhance efforts to effect systemic change. DYS will continue to provide effective community-based prevention, diversion and intervention programs; supervision and effective treatment; operate safe and secure juvenile correctional facilities; and provide leadership for coordination, collaboration and improvement of the Arkansas juvenile justice system in accordance with the State's 2012-21014 Three Year Plan. DYS's activities include: disseminating grant funds; implementing the DMC Reduction Cycle in three additional sites around the State; providing training for law enforcement agencies, stakeholders and the judiciary on compliance monitoring; and implementing system improvement activities, including, but not limited to, identifying suitable diversion programming, detention alternatives and reentry initiatives that allow youth to remain close to home where community programming can promote accountability.