Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $504,835)
The Formula Grants Program is authorized under the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act. The purpose of this program is to support state and local delinquency prevention and intervention efforts and juvenile justice system improvements. Supported activities and efforts may include: planning and administration; state advisory group allocation; compliance monitoring; disproportionate minority contact; juvenile justice issues for Native American Indian tribes; prevention of substance abuse by juveniles; prevention of serious and violent crimes by juveniles; prevention of juvenile gang involvement and illegal youth gang activities; prevention of delinquent acts and identification of youth at risk of delinquency; and improvement of juvenile justice system operations, policies, and procedures including establishing a system of graduated sanctions, treatment programs, and aftercare as found in section 223(a) of the JJDP Act.
Alabamas FY2017 Formula Grant funds will be allocated to local government agencies and nonprofit organizations to implement projects that primarily focus on Purpose Area 1: Aftercare and Purpose Area 17: School Programs. The goal of these programs is to develop and refine collaborative approaches to Aftercare and Truancy prevention. Several programs already active in the State have demonstrated success with the collaborative approaches for reducing truancy and thereby reducing commitments to the juvenile system. To ensure compliance with the four Core Requirements, the State also plans to fund a Coordinator to address Purpose Area 21: Disproportionate Minority Contact in the state by developing relationships with law enforcement, court personnel, school system personnel and others in the three target counties of Jefferson, Montgomery and Mobile. The Coordinator will be tasked with determining where and why disproportionality exists and discovering ways to mitigate reduce it. Through Purpose Area 19: Compliance Monitoring, Compliance Monitors will continue to ensure compliance with the Core Requirements: Deinstitutionalization of Status Offenders, Sight and Sound Separation and Jail Removal. NCA/NCF