Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $476,131)
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.
Juvenile justice services are provided by a single state agency, the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice (SCDJJ), formerly the Department of Youth Services. SCDJJ provides a full range of services, including prevention programs, detention/release screening, intake services, probation and aftercare supervision, services to the victims of juvenile crime, restitution programs, institutional programs, community supportive functions, institutional treatment, educational programs, and Interstate Compact administration. Secure juvenile detention and lack of alternatives are pressing problems in South Carolinas juvenile justice system and will be the focus of the states efforts in juvenile funding. Alternatives to Detention as a priority ensures that the underlying issues of Deinstitutionalization of Status Offenders, Jail Removal, and Disproportionate Minority Contact will be effectively addressed. NCA/NCF