Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $329,183)
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.
South Carolina has a largely centralized juvenile justice system, separate and apart from the adult system, and the state bears over 90 percent of the costs of juvenile justice. The South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice (SCDJJ), formerly the Department of Youth Services, provides a full range of services, including prevention programs, detention/release screening, intake services, probation and aftercare supervision, services to the victims of juvenile crime, restitution programs, institutional programs, community supportive functions, institutional treatment, educational programs, and Interstate Compact administration. The goal of this broad spectrum of services is to promote public safety, prevent delinquency, and rehabilitate juvenile offenders.
The selection of Alternatives to Detention as a priority problem ensures that the underlying issues of DSO, Jail Removal, and DMC will be effectively addressed. Data indicate that South Carolinas problems with these three issues stem from the overuse, misuse, and lack of alternatives for secure detention.