The project’s goal is to provide resources and TTA to support states and communities in developing a continuum of juvenile justice services that range from prevention to intervention to reentry and that fall within the Title II Formula Grants Program areas.
This solicitation builds on more than 30 years of comprehensive research in juvenile justice, youth development, and program evaluation that has informed what works and what does not in preventing and reducing delinquency, both at the state and local levels. Early intervention with juveniles entering the juvenile justice system has been shown to be less expensive and more effective for reducing the likelihood of recidivism. Further, research has shown that the farther a youth progresses into the juvenile justice system, the more challenging it is to intervene effectively. Alternatives to confinement and diversion are important components of any system improvement efforts. Investing more resources at the early stages is a more economically responsive approach because it prevents recidivism and deeper involvement in the system. Additionally, for those juveniles involved in court and corrections, a comprehensive and balanced approach is needed which focuses on successful reentry into the community.
TTA topic areas fall under the Title II Formula Grants Program areas with emphasis on supporting the following topic areas and/or groups:
• State-level compliance monitoring of the core requirements of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act, which are deinstitutionalization of status offenders (DSO), separation, jail removal, and racial and ethnic disparities
• State advisory groups (SAGs) appointed under the JJDP Act.
• State, local, and tribal departments of juvenile justice and corrections, service providers, and private organizations that operate juvenile facilities.
• Justice information sharing across juvenile justice, child welfare, mental health, and education systems.
• State, local, and tribal governments for developing and implementing strategies to reduce juvenile recidivism, strengthen police-community relations, and improve the juvenile justice system.