Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $424,752)
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 State of Alaskas Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) is the division within the Department of Health and Social Services that is responsible for all probation, detention, and institutional treatment services for delinquent youth in Alaska. DJJ is the state planning agency that is responsible for administration of grants from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. The priority goals for Alaskas Title II Formula Grant are: maintain compliance with the four core mandates of the JJDP Act; promote safe and responsible individuals, families and communities by increasing the number of juveniles who remain crime free; reduce overall youth recidivism rates, specifically targeting recidivism rates for Alaska Native youth; and enhance Alaskas juvenile justice system through coordinated system improvement efforts.