Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $1,912,212)
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 York State Division of Criminal Justice Services has identified the following priorities for its FY 2015 Title II Formula Grants Program, which will guide use of formula funds over the next three years:
- Narrowing penetration into the juvenile justice system (through community-based diversion, successful probation adjustment and completion, reentry and other program services and efforts);
- Addressing the intersection of the education and juvenile justice systems;
- Supporting the dissemination, quality implementation, sustainability and impact evaluation of effective and promising juvenile justice prevention and intervention programs and practice;
- Reducing disproportionate minority contact; and
- Including the voices of people affected by the juvenile justice system (youth, families, and constituency groups such as minorities}.
Activities will include expanding use of risk and need assessments; supporting developmentally appropriate responses to juvenile crime that promote accountability to victims and communities harmed; improving school-based responses to justice-involved youth; providing training and technical assistance for juvenile justice professionals, school staff, including school resource officers, service providers, and other community members to build skills and content knowledge; and promoting approaches that engage youth and families in collaborative problem-solving, program design and assessment and policy advisement. Federal performance measures will be collected to measure attainment of project goals. NCA/NCF