Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $3,067,865)
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.
These funds assist Texas in developing effective education, training, research, prevention, diversion, treatment, and rehabilitation programs in the area of juvenile delinquency and programs to improve the juvenile justice system across the state. The Criminal Justice Division (CJD) plans to award 90%of the federal JJDP Formula grant funds to local jurisdictions and state agencies to support delinquency prevention and intervention efforts and juvenile justice system improvements. Texas has selected the following program areas along with the corresponding OJJDP performance measures to track grantee and overall progress: diversion; job training; professional counseling and therapy; school based delinquency prevention; substance abuse prevention and treatment.