Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $395,148)
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 new Designated State Agency, the Office of Socioeconomic and Community Development (OSECD), will continue Puerto Rico's work to achieve compliance with the JJDP Act Core Requirements, improve the juvenile justice system in Puerto Rico, provide for an adequate system of monitoring, and fund agencies in Puerto Rico that will meet the educational and family needs of youth. OSECD will coordinate with other government and non-government agencies to create prevention programs to increase prevention programming. NCA/NCF