Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $395,033)
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.
With FY17 Title II Formula funds, the primary focus of Mississippi's Office of Justice Programs, Juvenile Justice Division, is to address deinstitutionalization of status offenders, separation of juveniles from adults in institutions, removal of juveniles from adult jails and lockups, disproportionate minority contact, alternatives to detention, and diversion. The goal is to develop more effective education, training, research, prevention, diversion, treatment, and rehabilitation programs in the area of juvenile delinquency prevention to improve the state's juvenile justice system. Over these 3 years, Mississippi will focus its Title II funding on increasing the number of detention alternatives for youth ages 13-17.