Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $1,360,644)
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.
Illinois 2015-2017 Three Year Comprehensive Plan is overseen by the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission (the Commission), which serves as Illinois State Advisory Group, and the Illinois Department of Human Services. The Commission reaffirms its commitment to four priorities: maintain full compliance with the core requirements of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act; prevent youth from entering the Illinois juvenile justice system unnecessarily; youth who enter the juvenile justice system receive developmentally appropriate, individualized support and services; and youth leave the juvenile justice system with positive outcomes, which in turn enhance public safety.
The Commission will address these priorities through activities in the following Title II Program areas: (1) Alternatives to Detention; (2) Child Abuse and Neglect; (3) Community-Based Programs and Services; (4) Probation; (5) Protecting Juvenile Rights; (6) Compliance Monitoring; (7) Disproportionate Minority Contact; (8) Gender Specific Services; and (9) Juvenile Justice Systems Improvement. Highlights of the Commissions Three Year Plan include: completing a legislatively-mandated report on juvenile records confidentiality and expungement; promoting efforts to reduce racial and ethnic disparities; expanding support for local juvenile justice councils; and replicating effective crisis responses and adolescent domestic battery interventions.