Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $1,050,005)
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, establishing, operating, coordinating, and evaluating projects directly or through grants and contracts with public and private agencies for the development of more effective education, training, research, prevention, diversion, treatment, and rehabilitation programs in the area of juvenile delinquency and programs to improve the juvenile justice system as found in section 221 of the JJDP Act.
The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth (TCCY) believes prevention and early intervention methods can assist in deterring youth from ending up in the juvenile justice system. This program will focus on: Planning and Administration, State Advisory Group (SAG) allocation, Compliance Monitoring, Jail Removal, Delinquency Prevention, Juvenile Justice System Improvement, Racial and Ethnic Disparities (RED) and Substance and Alcohol Abuse. TCCY juvenile justice staff and regional coordinators will continue to monitor jails, lock-ups and detention facilities to ensure compliance with the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) core requirements. Funds made available through the Title II Formula Grants Program support various state and local efforts throughout Tennessee (TN) to develop more effective education, training, prevention and treatment programs and justice system improvements efforts. Funding is provided statewide to private/non-profit organizations and public entities for the purpose of addressing and reducing juvenile delinquency. Funds will be utilized to assist counties in TN providing alternatives to placing youth in adult jails.