Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $1,819,899)
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 Florida Department of Juvenile Justice will use formula grant funds to serve youth populations from ages 5-17. The States State Advisory Group has identified the following program areas for funding: Planning and Administration, State Advisory Group, Compliance Monitoring, Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC), Delinquency Prevention, Gender Specific Services, Jail Removal, and Native American Programming as the main areas of focus for 2015-2018. This will enable Florida to effectively administer and monitor the grant; provide guidance on state prevention efforts; ensure compliance with the core requirements of the JJDP Act and develop, implement and improve the compliance monitoring system in Florida. DMC will continue as a priority and programs and services will build on past work to develop and implement a DMC curriculum and training. Florida will use funds to support: delinquency prevention efforts directed at first-time and non-serious offenders to keep them out of the juvenile justice system; gender specific services to address the unique needs of girls and boys; development of programs that remove juveniles from adult facilities; and Native American programming for federally recognized tribes in Florida. Progress towards these goals will be based upon the collected and reported data that measure the results of funded activities. NCA/NCF