Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $1,609,980)
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.
The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice will use formula grant funds to serve youth populations from ages 5-17. The Florida Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention State Advisory Group has prioritized Planning and Administration, State Advisory Group, Compliance Monitoring, Disproportionate Minority Contact, Delinquency Prevention, and Native American Programming as the main areas of focus and will provide guidance on Florida's prevention efforts and fiscal oversight to federally funded delinquency prevention programs. These funds will allow effective administration of the OJJDP Formula grant program, which includes monitoring and will cover three full-time staff positions. Compliance monitoring services will ensure compliance with the requirements of the JJDP Act and develop, implement and improve the compliance monitoring system in Florida with particular attention to the jail removal requirement due to the past noncompliance determination for jail removal. DMC will continue as a priority and the development of programs and services that will meet the needs of minority youth will be encouraged. Delinquency Prevention funds will be used to support prevention programs that focus on at-risk youth and seek to prevent and intervene with first-time and non-serious offenders to keep them out of the juvenile justice system and funds will be allocated for the second year of service for afterschool/summer contract programs, as well as for Native American Programming. NCA/NCF