Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $1,573,549)
The Title II 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 Florida Department of Juvenile Justice will use formula grant funds to serve youth populations from ages 5-17. The Florida Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention State Advisory Group has prioritized Planning and Administration, State Advisory Group, Compliance Monitoring, Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC), Delinquency Prevention, Gender Specific Services, Jail Removal, and Native American Programming as the main areas of focus for 2016-2019.
Support of Planning and Administration will allow effective administration of the OJJDP Formula grant program which includes effective monitoring to ensure accountability and fiscal responsibility. Compliance monitoring services will ensure compliance with the requirements of the JJDP Act and develop, implement and improve the compliance monitoring system in Florida. DMC will continue as a priority and the development of programs and services that will meet the needs of minority youth will be encouraged. Delinquency Prevention funds will be used to support prevention programs that focus on at-risk youth and seek to prevent and intervene with first-time and non-serious offenders to keep them out of the juvenile justice system; Gender Specific Services continue as a focus to ensure the needs of youth at risk of becoming delinquent are met; Florida will also support the continuation of Jail Removal programs that remove juveniles from adult facilities; and Native American Programming to develop strategies for greater participation by federally recognized tribes in Florida. Progress towards these goals will be based upon the collected and reported data that measure the results of funded activities.