Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $767,860)
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 Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice (WA-PCJJ) identified three priorities: DMC; transitional services/reentry; and eliminating the incarceration of status offenders and low risk offenders by addressing use of the Valid Court Order exception and implementation and expansion of JDAI principles and strategies. Additionally, three main goals were defined: Expand utilization of community-based alternatives and best practices to reduce incarceration in all 39 counties; ensure youth involved in the juvenile justice system have continuity and access to meaningful treatment, education, housing, employment and community support; and empower youth and communities to reduce juvenile crime.
Based on the identified priorities, the WA-PCJJ developed Policy Impact Areas and Direct Impact Areas including objectives, strategies and resources and incorporated these Policy and Direct Impact Areas into the 2015 2017 three year plan. Standing Committees of the WA-PCJJ have been assigned objectives and strategies to undertake. Based on the priorities, the WA-PCJJ has allocated Formula Grant Program funds to the following seven federal program areas: DMC, Aftercare/Reentry, Juvenile Justice System Improvement, Compliance Monitoring, American Indian Pass-Through, Planning and Administration, and State Advisory Group.