Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $400,202)
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 State of New Hampshire is responsible for 100% of the costs for all juvenile justice related services; however the state does not allocate any additional funding for delinquency prevention, intervention or aftercare services in the overall state budget. With limited funding, the State Advisory Group has determined that funding will be allocated or granted to projects that will improve the juvenile justice system; address reform efforts on a state-wide level; and address disproportionate minority contact at the local level. New Hampshire has been very successful in reducing Hispanic minority over-representation at the arrest stage of the system in Hillsborough County, which is the largest county in the State. The focus of the DMC State Racial Ethnic Disparities (RED) Committee will be the expansion of local RED committees throughout the state with the intended goal of reducing minority representation in local committees in the Cities of Manchester, Nashua and Rochester. Juvenile Justice Reform efforts will focus on system-wide enhancements on behalf of the juvenile female population. The state will create a task force committee that will be charged with conducting a review of the current system as it relates to services and programs for this population, and will subsequently determine what area of the system has the most need.