Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $400,512)
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.
Montana Board of Crime Controls FY 2017 Title II Formula grants program is to ensure Montanas compliance with the four core requirements of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act and to provide funding for programs for youth who are at risk for entering, or who have already entered, Montanas juvenile justice system. Montanas governor-appointed Youth Justice Advisory Council (YJC) has determined the following priorities for Title II funding: Native American programs; delinquency prevention; alternatives to detention; disproportionate minority contact; diversion; and juvenile justice system improvement. The population to be served includes all Montana youth (under age 18) at risk for encountering the juvenile justice system as well as those who are already involved in the juvenile justice system and their families. Project goals include the support of state and local juvenile justice system improvement efforts; improvement of the juvenile justice system through increased availability and types of prevention and intervention programs; improvement of tribal justice system capacity for delivering and implementing promising and best practices prevention and intervention programs for Native American youth and families; increased availability of community-based juvenile detention alternatives; increased availability of diversion programs; providing school-based programs for at-risk youth; and monitoring and ensuring compliance with the DMC core requirement. Progress is measured through an evaluation process for each sub grant which includes quarterly reports, desk audits, and site visits. No portion of the project budget will be used to conduct research.