FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 9, 2012
SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER $1 MILLION DEPT. OF JUSTICE INVESTMENT FOR NEW YORK STATE DIVISION OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE SERVICES; INVESTMENT AIMS TO REDUCE JUVENILE CRIME
DOJ Investment Will Support Overhaul of Juvenile Crimes Division
Schumer: By Supporting New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, We Can Help Keep Our Community Safe
Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services will receive a grant totaling $1,131,799 from the Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Title II Formula Grants Program. Specifically, New York State will use funds to reduce serious, violent and chronic juvenile crime by implementing reforms throughout the justice system.
"Keeping our communities safe is job number one. This investment will deter young children from petty crimes and keep young adults from turning one action into a lifetime of jail time,” said Schumer. “I am pleased such an important federal investment is being made in New York State and that our law enforcement officials will be able to do the work they need to transform the juvinille justice program and keep our communities safe.”
Specifically, the funding will assist the New York Juvenile Justice Advisory Group's (JJAG) in reaching their goal of introducing a comprehensive three year plan to reduce serious, violent and chronic juvenile crime through system reform aimed at: 1) Promoting system accountability; 2) Driving front-end best practice and innovation; and 3) Supporting statewide detention and placement reform. The JJAG has been designed to promote crime reduction and system efficacy. Specific efforts may include pilot juvenile assessment centers, crisis intervention teams, faith based mentoring or other evidence based front end strategies.
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Title II Formula Grants Program works to support state and local delinquency prevention and intervention efforts and juvenile justice system improvements. Program areas 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.