Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $398,591)
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 primary purpose of the Hawaii Formula Grant Application is to ensure compliance with the four core requirements of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 2002. Program areas are geared towards the improvement of the juvenile justice system through the use of community-based alternatives to detention, as well as alternatives to secured confinement of a youth, as the youth offender moves further into the juvenile justice system. The goal is to ensure the juvenile justice system is strengthened to meet the needs of youth and families as well as encouraging community organizations to provide appropriate programs and services.