Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $45,060)
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 U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) will use FY 2016 Title II Formula funds to address compliance monitoring and bring the territory into full compliance with the JJDP Act of 2002. In USVI, there are approximately 109,574 residents of which 31,356 are youth under the age of 18. The population to be served is youth between the ages of 3 -17. The USVI has experienced reductions in its formula grant allotments due to violations in core requirements and data collection issues. Recently, the USVI Law Enforcement Planning Commission (LEPC) has seen some improvement in the data received from the USVI police department. The LEPC and the State Advisory Group (SAG) will use funds to continue to reduce violations and improve reporting accuracy. They will also educate and provide technical assistance to all secure and non-secure facilities and programs territory-wide. The USVI will use FY 16 funding to support the Compliance Monitor position, work towards full compliance and implement the strategies set forth in the 3 year plan.