Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $393,979)
The Formula Grants Program is authorized under the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act and funds are made available as a result of the FY 2016 Department of Justice appropriations. 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; prevention; and activities to address the core requirements and improvement of juvenile justice system operations and policies, as found in section 223(a)(9) of the JJDP Act.
The purpose of Hawaii's Office of Youth Services FY16 Title II Formula grant program is to ensure compliance to the four requirements of the JJDP Act of 2002. Program areas are geared towards the improvement of the juvenile justice system through the use of community-based alternatives to detention and to secure confinement, as the youth offender moves further in the system. This will be accomplished through front end programs and services. The Office of Youth Services and the Juvenile Justice State Advisory Council are working toward changing a system of locking up youth to a system of collaboration and partnership with individuals, community organizations, and others that can better connect and relate to the challenges and needs of youth offenders and their families. Hawaii has adopted and will incorporate in its activities a healing and restorative justice orientation.