Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $952,360)
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.
The New Jersey State Advisory Group (SAG) is allocating funding for the following priorities: Juvenile Justice System Improvement, Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC), Aftercare/Reentry, Gender-Specific Services, and Compliance Monitoring. The SAG fulfills its purpose of improving the juvenile justice system by working to achieve the following goals: develop strategies that promote juvenile justice jobs as a distinct career path; hold forums to provide education about New Jerseys juvenile justice system successes and continuing challenges; increase awareness of post high school education and employment opportunities; ensure equitable treatment of youth involved in New Jerseys juvenile justice system; reduce recidivism and increase the success of youth returning home after incarceration; ensure that at-risk and delinquent girls are provided gender responsive services; and ensure compliance with the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act.