Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $820,423)
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 Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice identified three principal priority areas: DMC (Racial and Ethnic Disparities, R.E.D.); Transitional Services/Reentry; and eliminating the incarceration of status offenders and low risk offenders by addressing use of the Valid Court OrderVCO and implementation and expansion of Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) principles and strategies. Additionally, three main goals were defined: expand utilization of community-based alternatives and best practices to reduce incarceration in all 39 counties; ensure youth involved in the juvenile justice system have continuity and access to meaningful treatment, education, housing, employment and community support; and empower youth and communities to reduce juvenile crime.
Based on the identified priorities the State Advisory Group has developed Policy Impact Areas and Direct Impact Areas including objectives, strategies and resources for each. The SAG has reaffirmed these Policy and Direct Impact Areas for the 2015 2017 three year plan. Standing Committees of the Council have been assigned objectives and strategies to undertake. Based on the priorities, the SAG has allocated Formula Grant Program funds in the 2015 three-year plan update to the following seven federal program areas: DMC, Aftercare/Reentry, Juvenile Justice System Improvement, Compliance Monitoring, American Indian Pass-Through, P & A, and State Advisory Group.