Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $584,889)
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.
Pursuant to Executive Order 01.01.2010.06, the State Advisory Group and the Governors Office of Crime Control & Prevention are charged with implementing a three-year plan for the State of Maryland. The over-arching theme of this plan is implementing a Developmental Approach for Juvenile Justice Reform. The plan focuses on initiatives and strategies that support the hallmarks of the Developmental Approach to Juvenile Justice Reform. The Department of Juvenile Services has launched a Reentry Strategic Plan that focuses on critical domains, such as: Public Safety, Housing, and Education and Employment. The State Advisory Group will focus its efforts in supporting this initiative to ensure youth are successfully transitioning into their community after a period of committed placement and on diverting youth from the juvenile justice system at the earliest point of contact. the DMC Subcommittee will continue its focus on front end system involvements, including a necessary focus on school-based juvenile arrest reforms. Front-end strategies include increased use of diversion programs and services to prevent juvenile arrests, such as Community Conferencing, Community Mediation and Teen Court. NCA/NCF