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OJJDP Awards More Than $221 Million To Support Juvenile Justice

On November 24, 2020, OJJDP announced awards of more than $221 million to support juvenile justice. OJJDP awarded more than 225 grants to state, local, and Tribal jurisdictions, research and academic institutions, and public and private organizations. The awards will enhance state and local juvenile justice systems; provide gang prevention and intervention services; support mentoring and reentry services for youth and families; and help states comply with the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. Grant funding will also support programs for American Indian and Alaska Native youth.

“We serve our young people best when we hold them accountable for their behavior and when we give them the tools to overcome both the setbacks they have already encountered and the challenges that lie before them,” said OJJDP Administrator Caren Harp.

The grants include:

  • $84.9 million to fund mentoring programs and services for youth.
  • $57.9 million to provide assistance to states’ juvenile justice systems and staffs.
  • $33.5 million to fund juvenile and family drug courts and provide services to youth impacted by the opioid crisis.
  • $11.2 million to supplement reentry services for juveniles and parents of minors.
  • $11.1 million to support gang prevention, intervention, and suppression efforts.
  • $7.2 million to support American Indian and Alaska Native youth programs and services.
  • $4.9 million to fund services for justice-involved youth with mental illness or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders.
  • $1.8 million to support juvenile indigent defense.

For additional information about these awards, see the OJP fact sheet.


Date Published: November 30, 2020