Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $3,973,960)
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 California Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) supports counties as they serve at-risk and system-involved youth and blends State and Federal funding streams to provide both direct services and systems improvement/reform. Californias State Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (SACJJDP) has been fully constituted under the administering agency since 2007. In carrying out its responsibilities, Californias SACJJDP serves as a Standing Executive Steering Committee of the BSCC. The SACJJDP is tasked with review of juvenile crime statistics, identification of trends within the continuum, and development of best practices and relevant policy in making regular recommendations to the BSCC. The Committee has been prominent in its efforts to transform juvenile justice. The Three-Year Plan will continue to support these state priorities: reduced reliance on juvenile confinement; increased use of evidence-based practices and interventions; and reduced racial and ethnic disparities within the juvenile justice system and quality education for youth.