Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $400,558)
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.
Mississippis Office of Justice Program Juvenile Justice Divisions primary focus is to address Deinstitutionalization of status offenders (DSO), Separation of juveniles from adults in institutions (Separation), Removal of juveniles from adult jails and lockups (Jail Removal), Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC), alternatives to detention, and diversion. Mississippi stated its intent to assist in planning, establishing, operating, coordinating, and evaluating funded projects directly or through sub grants or subcontracts with public and private agencies for the purpose of developing more effective education, training, research, prevention, diversion, treatment, and rehabilitation programs as a means to improve the juvenile justice system. The states plan indicates that Title II funds will be used to support those activities. NCA/NCF