Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $384,358)
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.
Rhode Island Public Safety Grant Administration Offices primary focus for the FY18 Title II Formula Grants Program is to improve the Rhode Island juvenile justice systems ability to respond to juvenile offending behaviors quickly and effectively. As in previous years, compliance with the Core Requirements continues to be a primary focus. Additionally, Rhode Island will develop initiative with specialized subcommittees and projects in line with reducing racial and ethnic disparities and creating cultural competency in the juvenile justice system.