Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $393,667)
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.
Hawaii's Formula Grant Three Year Plan is designed to support Hawaiis efforts to narrow the path to secure juvenile detention and Hawaii's Youth Correctional Facility. The state will do this by ensuring that the juvenile justice system is strengthened to meet the needs of youth and families and encourage community organizations to provide appropriate programs and services. This will be accomplished with funding for front end programs and services in the program areas of Delinquency Prevention, Diversion, and Alternatives to Detention. The goal is to continue to shift the paradigm from locking up youths to supporting communities to become more engaged in reclaiming youth from the justice system. An aligned goal includes reducing the over representation of minority youth in the juvenile justice system by developing and expanding diversion programs for status offenders and minor law violators. Youth aged 17 and below are expected to be served in all program opportunities. Quarterly reports and OJJDPs Performance Measures will be used to gauge success and identify areas that need improvements or require immediate attention.