Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $393,667)
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 Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice will focus on the following program areas: Mental Health Services, Data Driven/Evidence based practices, Diversion, School Programs, Gender Specific Programs, Delinquency Prevention, Alternatives to Detention, and Disproportionate Minority Contact. The state agency will use these grant funds to improve the Nebraska juvenile justice system through sub-grants that address selected program areas. The award will also fund a Juvenile Justice Specialist, a part-time Compliance Monitor, a part-time DMC Coordinator, and prevention, intervention, and alternatives to detention programs. Programs in Nebraska will target at-risk youth with data-driven and evidence based programs and the state agency will measure progress toward achieving the goals and objectives by requiring subgrantees to submit quarterly program reports that provide data for the required outcomes and measurements for the purposes of the area, including the OJJDP-required performance measures.