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To assist Wyoming in developing a range of secure and nonsecure alternatives for juveniles in custody and in revising policies and implementing procedures to address compliance with the JJDPA.

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $380,000)

Wyoming has chosen not to participate in the Formula Grants program under Title II, Part B of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended (JJDP Act). As such, the state is ineligible to receive the FY 2015 Title II Formula Grants program allocation authorized under Sections 221-3 of the JJDP Act (42 U.S.C. Sections 5631-3). Accordingly, OJJDP is competitively awarding the state's allocation through the Nonparticipating State Program: Wyoming, pursuant to 42 U.S.C. Sec. 5633(d).

Volunteers of America Northern Rockies (VOANR) will continue its efforts to bring Wyoming into compliance with the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 2002 (JJDPA). Wyoming is currently the only state that chooses not to participate with the JJDPA formula grants program, and according to information that is available to VONAR, it is out of compliance with three of the four core requirements of the JJDPA. Even so, the state has continued to reduce the number of juvenile offenders held in secure confinement. In addition, Wyoming has moved closer to attaining the standards outlined in the JJDPA. The requested grant funds will support and enhance these efforts by promoting standardized data collection, by sustaining cost-effective interventions such as diversion programs, and by providing for the use of appropriate secure detention when necessary. VOANR continues to engage leadership around the state in conversations regarding juvenile justice issues. State and county officials have been willing to participate in these discussions, and VOANR will build upon the foundation established over the course of the past seven years. CA/NCF

Date Created: July 21, 2015