Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $530,545)
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 as found in section 223(a)(9) of the JJDP Act.
For the FY15 Title II award, Alabamas Formula Grant funds will be allocated to local government agencies and nonprofit organizations to implement projects that primarily focus on the purpose areas of Aftercare and School Programs to develop and refine collaborative approaches to aftercare and truancy prevention service delivery. Several programs already active in Alabama have demonstrated success through collaborative approaches in reducing truancy and thereby reducing commitments to the juvenile system.
To ensure compliance with the four Core Requirements, the State plans to contract with a Coordinator to address Disproportionate Minority Contact. The Coordinator will develop relationships with law enforcement, court personnel, school system personnel and others in the target counties of Jefferson, Montgomery and Mobile and will be tasked with determining where and why disproportionality exists and discovering ways to mitigate reduce it. Compliance Monitors will continue to ensure compliance with Deinstitutionalization of Status Offenders, Sight and Sound Separation and Jail Removal. Progress will be measured according to the Formula Programs performance measure outputs and outcomes and reported annually as directed by OJJDP.