JJS Programs Office

Juvenile Justice Programs Office


Juvenile Justice Programs Office

The Juvenile Justice Programs Office (JJPO) ensures compliance with the Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Act mandates and administrative requirements. Program objectives are as follows:

  • To provide for a comprehensive system of compliance monitoring and related data collection.
  • To administer grant funds to local government entities and private non-profit organizations using federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act funds.
  • To adhere to the four core requirements of the Formula Grant.
    • Deinstitutionalization of Status Offenders
    • Sight and Sound Separate
    • Jail Removal
    • Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC)
     
  • To oversee the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Act within the state juvenile correctional facilities. 
  • To provide technical assistance to the Nevada Juvenile Justice Commission.

    Grants

    JJPO receives grant funding from The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's (OJJDP's) Formula Grants program.  The Formula Grant Program supports state and local delinquency prevention and intervention efforts and juvenile justice system improvements. Through this program, OJJDP provides funds directly to states, territories, and the District of Columbia to help them implement comprehensive state juvenile justice plans based on detailed studies of needs in their jurisdictions. The Formula Grants Program is authorized under the JJDP Act of 2002 (42 U.S.C. 5601 et seq. ).

    The Formula Grants program has four core requirements which states who receive Formula money must adhere to;

    • Deinstitutionalization of status offenders (DSO).
    • Separation of juveniles from adults in secure facilities (sight and sound separation).
    • Removal of juveniles from adult jails and lockups (jail removal).
    • Reduction of disproportionate minority contact (DMC) within the juvenile justice system. 

    Federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act

    The Federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDP) was passed by Congress in 1974 to serve as reform legislation for the juvenile justice system in the United States. The JJDP Act focused on removing status offenders, such as runaways and truant children, from juvenile Correctional facilities and on removing juveniles from adult jails, lockups and detention centers intended for adults. It also mandated that each state receiving funds and participating under the Act create and advisory group to inform state governors and elected officials about juvenile Justice issues.

    Data Collection

    The Division of Child and Family Services, Juvenile Justice Programs Office, is responsible for  establishing a standardized system for the reporting, collection, analysis, maintenance, and retrieval of information concerning juvenile justice in the State (N.R.S., sec. 62.020). Regulations were formulated to address the intent of the law. Also during this session a new Community Corrections Partnership Block Grant was established. Improvements were made in the requirements to receive money from the program. All recipients would be held to higher standards from program performance and outcome. Also a requirement to receive funds was the submittal of data to the Nevada Juvenile Justice Data Collection System. This provided the impetus for all Nevada jurisdictions to have the incentive to provide data in a timely and consistent manner. The result is that Nevada has now obtained juvenile justice referral data for State Fiscal years 1998 to present. The extent of referrals and the complexity of them can now be presented.