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Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) Grant Program

The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) program aims to reduce delinquent behavior and improve the juvenile justice system.

Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) Overview

The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) has four core requirements that states must comply with in order to receive funding:

  1. de-institutionalization of status offenders (DSO), which requires the status offenders not be detained in secure facilities
  2. jail removal, which requires that alleged juvenile offenders do not spend more than 6 hours in an adult lockup after arrest
  3. sight and sound separation between detained juvenile defendants and adult detainees
  4. disproportionate minority contact (DMC), which requires that states attempt to reduce the over-representation of minority youth in the juvenile justice system

Annual Allocations

FFY 2014 - $522,593
FFY 2015 - $544,614
FFY 2016 - $575,650
FFY 2017 - $485,421
FFY 2018 - $601,209

Recent funding has been dedicated to the following program areas:

  • Alternatives to Detention 
  • Compliance Monitoring 
  • Disproportionate Minority Contact
  • Diversion
  • Juvenile Justice Systems Improvement
  • Separation from Adult Inmates 

Funding distribution is determined by the Governor-appointed Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee (JJAC) upon completion of a competitive grant process. 

Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee (JJAC)

The Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee (JJAC) is charged with the responsibility to help coordinate juvenile justice and delinquency prevention efforts in the Commonwealth. The JJAC, along with other experts, give the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety input in developing a statewide plan for identifying and offering guidance on matters relating to delinquency prevention and overall child well-being. With federal grant money and guided by issues raised in the statewide plan, the JJAC funds programs, projects, and activities that implement the JJDPA's goals. In addition, the JJAC provides policy recommendations to the Governor and state legislators on juvenile justice matters. Other tasks include:

  • maintaining an awareness of state and federal laws pertaining to juvenile justice
  • understanding the flow of the juvenile justice system
  • familiarization with juvenile facilities and programs.

The list of current JJAC members is currently being updated and will be posted as soon as available.

Additional Resources for

Upcoming JJAC and JJAC Subcommittee Meetings

JJAC Emergency Meeting

Thu, May 19, 2022 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM (EDT)

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