Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $1,283,906)
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.
Ohios FY 2016 Title II funding will be used to provide programs, services, and implement systems improvement activities that further compliance with the core requirements as stated in the 2015 plan. The over-arching program goal is to assist youth in avoiding pitfalls that lead to the juvenile justice system by providing them with skills, abilities, information, and the support necessary to help them make better decisions. Subrecipients will continue to provide services and programs for minority youth in an effort to reduce disparity in the juvenile justice system. Additionally, Ohios Division of Youth Services will undertake systems improvement activities with law enforcement and other agencies to raise awareness and facilitate understanding of youth behaviors based on culture, environment, and developmental age.
Funding to address compliance with the first three core requirements will be used primarily for the purposes of monitoring compliance at the more than 1000 facilities in Ohio and to support compliance needs in detention facilities and law enforcement agencies that need minor financial assistance to maintain compliance. The goal will be to further reduce compliance violations. Funding for systems improvement activities will be undertaken as will evidence-based youth programming. Youth on parole will also be provided with programs and services to facilitate transition back into the community and increase the probability of better outcomes for youth on parole. Measuring goal achievement for disproportionate minority contact will be done by tracking the outcomes and outputs of a program or activity over time.