Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $1,047,952)
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.
Ohios FY 2017 Title II funding will be used to provide communities with programs and services, and to implement systems improvement activities that further compliance with the core requirements as stated in the 2015 plan. Programs are continuing to serve minority youth in an effort to reduce disparity in the juvenile justice system. Ohios Department of Youth Services (DYS) continues to target youth between the ages of 10 and 17 who are at greatest risk of becoming involved in the juvenile justice system or who have been involved in the system. Programs provide youth with the tools needed to make better decision and to avoid delinquent behaviors that could ultimately lead to arrests. Additionally, DYS will undertake systems improvement activities with law enforcement, educators, and juvenile justice agencies to raise awareness and understanding of youth development including behaviors based on culture, environment, and developmental age. The focus is on reducing arrests and the intended outcome is a reduction in the arrest Relative Rate Index. Funding to address compliance with the first three core requirements will be used primarily for the purposes of monitoring compliance at the more than 1000 facilities in Ohio. NCA/NCF