Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $490,539)
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.
Kentucky's priority areas are identified through planning and data review annually. For FY 15 Title II, the priorities are: Juvenile Justice Systems Improvement; Disproportionate Minority Contact; State Advisory Group; Planning and Administration; and Delinquency Prevention.
Juvenile Justice System Improvement and Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) funding will be utilized to provide for public awareness, DMC funds will support local DMC site coordination and implementation, public awareness, research and evaluation, and the DMC subcommittee. Planning and Administration funds will be used to support the Juvenile Justice Specialist and Compliance Monitor with travel and supplies to support the State Advisory Group. The State Advisory Group will utilize funding to support delinquency prevention programs. Delinquency Prevention funding will be used to develop an effective federal grants process that aligns with Kentucky legislation (Senate Bill 200) and other initiatives aimed at diverting youth from the juvenile justice system and/or incarceration.