Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $517,542)
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.
South Carolina indicates that secure juvenile detention and lack of alternatives are pressing problems in the state's juvenile justice system and will be the focus of their juvenile justice funding. The issues involve misuse of detention, overuse, and a lack of a continuum of alternatives to bridge the gap between secure detention and release to parents/guardians. The selection of Alternatives to Detention as a priority program area ensures that the underlying issues of jail removal, deinstitutionalization of status offenders, and disproportionate minority contact will be effectively addressed.