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.

    Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) of 2003

    The PREA Act is federal law that was signed on September 4, 2003, and applies to all federal and state prisons, jails, police lock-ups, private facilities and community correctional settings; includes adult and juvenile, male and female facilities.  

    The Act supports preventing sexual assault and rape within corrections systems.   It mandates national data collection efforts, provides funding for program development and research, and creates a national commission to develop standards and accountability measures.
    Nevada's Juvenile Services (NJS) Division goal is zero sexual assaults. Compliance with PREA is part of the NJS's continuous effort to keep youth safe while committed to the State of Nevada.  NJS is implementing PREA by:

    • Aggressively responding to, investigating, and supporting the prosecution of sexual misconduct in all facilities, in partnership with law enforcement and the courts.
    • Continually educating staff and offenders to increase awareness of safe reporting mechanisms and available services to victims, thereby creating facility cultures that discourage sexual aggression and misconduct.
    • Identifying opportunities to separate and carefully monitor both sexually aggressive and vulnerable offenders to reduce the incidence of sexual misconduct.  This will be accomplished through assessment, room assignment, and improvements to facility architecture where feasible.
    • Establishing data collection systems to accurately track sexual misconduct, analyze any incidents, and annually incorporate "lessons learned" into improved operations and services to meet NJS's goal of no sexual assaults. 

    Anyone needing to report a PREA incident may report it electronically here Report a PREA Incident  or call toll-free at 1-888-421-9971.  

      Juvenile Justice Commission

      In Nevada, the State Advisory Group, now known as the Juvenile Justice Commission (JJC), was created in 1987 as a requirement of the Formula Grants Program. 

      The JJC is comprised of members appointed by the Governor for a three year term. It is a diverse group of members who are juvenile justice professionals, educators, citizens, and youth from both the public and private sectors. 

      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.