Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $74,112)
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 Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) has prioritized juvenile justice systems improvement, compliance monitoring, and delinquency prevention programs. A portion of the Title II funds is also set aside for Planning and Administration and for State Advisory Group (SAG) activities. The main population served under this program includes, but is not limited to juvenile justice service providers and delinquency prevention programs that serve youth in school and out in the community.
Activities funded under this program include planning and administration of the Title II Formula grant funds by the Criminal Justice Planning Agency (CJPA). CJPA is the Designated State Agency for all Department of Justice grant funds. These funds support the position of the Juvenile Justice Specialist who also functions as the State Compliance Monitor. Funds under this purpose area are used to defray costs for technical assistance training and on site compliance monitoring of programs and facilities in the islands of Saipan, Tinian, and Rota. Lastly, the main goal of the CNMIs Title II program is to make funds available through requests for proposals to interested applicants to implement delinquency prevention and juvenile justice system improvement programs. Delinquency Prevention programs are any community programs that will help keep youth out of the justice system. Systems improvement programs will focus on enhancing the efforts of juvenile justice service providers, specifically in the areas of Enforcement, Detention, Probation, and the Juvenile Justice Task Force. All sub-grant applications go through a review process through CJPA and the SAG before any funds are awarded to programs.
To measure program progress towards goals and ensure compliance with OJJDP core requirements, CJPA conducts technical assistance workshops for awarded programs and also monitors each programs progress throughout the project period through site visits and Quarterly Progress Reports. These reports are compiled and submitted to OJJDP online via the DCTAT and GMS systems.