Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $690,147)
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 State Advisory Group (SAG) and the Governors Office of Crime Control & Prevention are charged with implementing a three-year plan for the State of Maryland. In an effort to forward the Developmental Approach to Juvenile Justice Reform, Maryland's SAG and the Department of Juvenile Services are pursuing several initiatives aimed at utilizing the knowledge of differences between adolescents and adults and directing resources and strategies at creating alternatives to juvenile system involvement; providing the right services for youth formally involved in the system in the right setting; and providing the tools for youth to be successful upon reentry into their communities. To that end, the Department of Juvenile Services is advancing the following initiatives: 1) Improving Community Operations; 2) Graduated Responses; 3) Reentry Strategic Planning; 4) Improving Family Engagement; and 5) Addressing Racial and Ethnic Disparities.
Improving the hallmarks of the Developmental Approach will be supported by a continued focus on creating a continuum of care to meet the diverse needs of the youth served by Marylands juvenile justice system; a continued collaboration with other State child-serving and public safety agencies; and an effort to bring innovative programming and strategies to serve youth safely in the community.