Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $787,202)
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.
Virginia's Title II Formula Grants Program supports various state and local efforts throughout the state to address the issue of juvenile delinquency and prevention and improve the juvenile justice system. The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services works with the state's Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice and Prevention to develop goals and objectives through specific actions including development of more effective education, training, prevention, diversion, treatment, and rehabilitation programs.