Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $400,413)
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.
New Hampshire's State Advisory Group has determined that funding will be dedicated to projects that will improve the juvenile justice system and reform efforts on a state-wide level, and programs/projects that address disproportionate minority contact at the local level.
NH has been very successful in reducing Hispanic minority over-representation at the arrest stage of the system in Hillsborough County, which is the largest county in the State. The focus of DMC State racial ethnic disparities (RED) committee will be on the expansion of local RED committees throughout the state, with the intended goal of reducing minority representation in these areas. Currently there are three local committees in the Cities of Manchester, Nashua and Rochester.
Juvenile Justice Reform efforts will focus on system-wide enhancements targeted to the juvenile female population. The State will be requesting technical assistance on gender services to include the LGBTQI population. In the past few years, the Sununu Youth Services Center has received youth who have identified as transgender, and youth who have struggled with their own sexual identity. The State Advisory Group has identified the need for training on the very specific, complex needs of this group of young people.