Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $722,756)
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.
Tennessee plans to use Title II funds to support various state and local efforts to address issues of juvenile delinquency and prevention, juvenile justice system improvements and disproportionate minority contact within the juvenile justice system. The service population includes youth, 18 years and younger. The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth believes prevention and early intervention methods can assist in deterring youth from ending up in the criminal justice system. The state has set a goal to reduce juvenile delinquency by five percent by 2016. The following purpose areas are identified in the Three-Year Plan: planning and administration, state advisory group support, maintaining compliance with core requirements, delinquency prevention, system improvement programs and reducing disproportionality in the juvenile justice system.
Progress toward goals and objectives will be regularly monitored by the grantees through submission ofr monthly and/or quarterly progress reports. Data submitted includes number of children served, accomplishments and challenges of the program. On-site visits will be conducted by staff to assess program compliance with contracted goals and objectives and to provide technical assistance as needed. No portion of the project budget will be used to conduct research.