Juvenile Justice Programs Office
The Juvenile Justice Programs Office (JJPO) is responsible for the following:
- Ensures compliance with the Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act;
- Provides, oversees, and monitors federal and state grant funds to local government entities and private non-profit organizations. This includes providing technical assistance to grantees and conducting quality assurance reviews of grant programs.
- Ensures compliance of the four core requirements of the JJDP Act and the Title II Formula Grant through comprehensive data gathering, on site visits, and technical assistance to adult jails and lockups, juvenile and adult detention facilities, juvenile and adult correctional facilities, and courts. The core requirements are:
- Deinstitutionalization of Status Offenders (DSO)
- Sight and Sound Separate
- Jail Removal
- Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC)
- Ensures compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Act within the state juvenile correctional facilities.
- Gathers, analyzes, and reports on statewide juvenile justice data based on federal and state requirements.
JJPO receives federal funds from The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's (OJJDP's) Title II Formula Grant program. The Formula Grant Program supports state and local delinquency prevention, intervention efforts, and juvenile justice system improvements. The JJPO utilizes a portion of the funding to maintain compliance with the JJDP Act and the Formula Grant Program. The remaining funds are awarded to local government entities or private non-profit agencies through a Request for Proposal process. The Juvenile Justice Oversight Commission (JJOC) is the governing body of this grant program. The Formula Grant Program is authorized under the JJDP Act of 2002 (42 U.S.C. 5601 et seq.).
JJPO administers and monitors the Community Corrections Partnership Block Grant (CCP), which includes a block of funding made up of state general funds that is divided among Nevada’s seventeen (17) counties for the purpose of supporting the use of evidence-based programs and services for youth at the front end of 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.
The JJPO is responsible for establishing a standardized system for the reporting, collection, analysis, maintenance, and retrieval of information concerning juvenile justice system data in the State (N.R.S., sec. 62B.640, sec. 62H.200, and sec. 62H.300) and the data necessary to ensure compliance with the Title II Formula Grant and the JJDP Act.
The JJPO also gathers and analyzes data specific to the operations of the Youth Parole Bureau, Nevada Youth Training Center, Summit View Youth Center, and Caliente Youth Center, all of which are operated by the Division of Child and Family Services.