Girls in the Juvenile Justice System

 

To enhance knowledge and build capacity to address and improve services and treatment for girls at risk of entering or already involved in the juvenile justice system. More specifically the objectives are to: ? Develop school policies and practices that lead to girls? success and that render them less vulnerable to suspension, expulsion, and contact with the juvenile justice system. ? Implement prevention and early intervention programs (including mentoring) based on best practices for girls who are at risk or are victims of SE/DST and are currently in the juvenile justice system. Program models should include a plan to develop effective services and interventions for high-risk or system-involved girls, including those with a history of trauma caused by physical and sexual abuse, commercial sexual exploitation, and domestic minor sex trafficking. ? Implement screening and assessment protocols/processes to identify those girls in the juvenile justice system that are at risk of or victims of SE/DST. ? Develop or enhance reentry strategies to help vulnerable girls on a path toward success, stability, and long-term contribution to society while offering them opportunities to heal. There are several different types of reentry programs, such as therapeutic communities, mentoring, case management, cognitive?behavioral programs, and reentry courts. Program models should be evidence-based and consider girls? unique life experiences and address the effects of past trauma, fear of stigma, and need for trusting relationships with adults. .

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
16.830
Federal Agency/Office
Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 In FY 2016, funds supported the Reducing Reliance on Confinement and Improving Community-Based Responses for Girls at Risk in the Juvenile Justice System Initiative to strengthen and expand the use of community-based and gender and culturally responsive programs for girls and promote the development of girls and their individual strengths
Fiscal Year 2017 Five sites received funding in FY16 and FY17. Two sites will receive funding in FY18. All five jurisdictions have formed collaborative approaches across private and governmental agencies to improve the juvenile justice system’s response to girls, including the development of early intervention and prevention strategies.
Fiscal Year 2018 The goal of this project is to strengthen and expand the use of community-based, gender responsive, trauma informed, strength-based and culturally and linguistically appropriate programs for girls at the county level and to reduce the number of girls who are held in secure confinement. To achieve this, the grantee is working with a local collaborative to enhance the county’s capacity to work effectively with girls and to reduce arrests of girls who commit non-serious delinquent acts. The grantee is currently working on a strategic plan with a girls coordinating council. This group was recently created and charged with creating developmentally appropriate gender responsive services for girls and to identify and address potential gaps. The grantee hopes to increase collaboration among service providers and government agencies to address girls’ needs; increase understanding of why to girls become involved in the local juvenile justice system; increase the availability of services offered through the county’s Girls Court.
Authorization
34 U.S.C. § 11171-11172 and an act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice., U.S.C. 42 U.S.C. 5665-66
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants are limited to states (including territories), units of local government, federally recognized tribal governments as determined by the Secretary of the Interior, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations), as well as institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education). For-profit organizations (as well as other recipients) must agree to forgo any profit or management fee.
Beneficiary Eligibility
See applicable program announcement.
Credentials/Documentation
Generally applicant documentation includes the Standard Form 424 (SF-424 - Application for Federal Assistance), a program narrative, budget detail worksheet, and budget narrative. There also are a number of certifications that may be required, and other elements, as specified in the program announcement.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants for DOJ funding can submit applications online through either the federal grants portal Grants.Gov (www.grants.gov) or the DOJ's Grants Management System (GMS) (https://grants.ojp.usdoj.gov). Each program announcement will specify which system should be used for that program and will contain detailed technical instructions on how to register with the system as well as apply for funding. Applicants are generally required to register and create a profile in GMS. Specific application instructions for program announcements are available at the Office of Justice Programs web site (http://www.ojp.gov/funding/solicitations.htm).
Award Procedure
Upon approval by the Assistant Attorney General, successful applicants are notified via the Grants Management System. One copy of the grant award must be signed by the authorized official and returned to the Office of Justice Programs.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 180 days
Appeals
Not applicable.
Renewals
See applicable program announcement.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Uses of these funds may be for one or more of the following activities: program services, staffing, training, technical assistance, professional development, and implementation of strategies and programs designed to address the unique program needs and service delivery requirements of girls at risk of entering or already involved in the juvenile justice system.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Performance Reports: Recipients are required to submit semi-annual Progress Reports and quarterly Financial Reports. To assist in fulfilling the Departments responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA), Public Law 103-62, and the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010, Public Law 111–352, recipients must provide data that measures the results of their work.
Auditing
See Uniform Administrative Requirements, 2 C.F.R. Part 200 at Subpart F - Audit Requirements (Sec. 200.500 - 200.507) as adopted by D.O.J. in 2 C.F.R. Part 2800.
Records
All financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to the award must be generally retained for a period of three (3) years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report (Federal Financial Report/SF-425). For more information and exceptions, see Uniform Administrative Requirements 2 C.F.R. SS 200.333 as adopted by D.O.J. in 2 C.F.R. Part 2800.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Length and time phasing of assistance vary by project--see applicable program announcement. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Quarterly.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Office of Justice Programs
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
810 Seventh Street, NW 5136
Washington, DC 20531 US
Kerri.Shurg@usdoj.gov
Phone: 202-353-9093
Website Address
http://www.ojjdp.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
15-0404-0-4-121
Obligations
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 18$1,823,067.00; FY 19 est $2,000,000.00; FY 20 est $2,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$400,000-$2,000,000
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Office of Justice Programs' Financial Guide 2015 (www.ojp.usdoj.gov/financialguide/index.htm ) and Post award Instructions (www.ojp.usdoj.gov/funding/pdfs/post_award_instructions.pdf), applicable OMB Circulars, and Department of Justice regulations applicable to specific types of grantees, which can be found in title 28 of the Code of Federal Regulations (28 C.F.R.). See program announcement and Uniform Administrative Requirements in 2 C.F.R. Part 200 as adopted and supplemented by D.O.J. in 2 C.F.R. Part 2800.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2017 To better understand girls in the local juvenile justice system, this nonprofit conducted an analysis of extensive data gathered from multiple city agencies that represent different contact points within the justice system to map girls’ movement and develop a profile of girls throughout the system. A Task Force of city leadership and representatives from key agencies are also working together to develop and implement recommendations to reduce girls’ incarceration. The Task Force is looking for solutions that will address girls’ needs outside of the justice system and they are re-writing policies and practice throughout city agencies so that more girls are introduced to social services and community resources and fewer are detained or confined. This grantee has also formed Youth Advisory Council that provides input to the Task Force. Interviews with girls in custody will also inform recommended changes to both policy and practice. The grantee is working with key agencies across the city to identify gaps in the continuum of services for girls, revise existing practices to fill those gaps, and procure new services where needed.
Fiscal Year 2018 The goal of this project is to strengthen and expand the use of community-based, gender responsive, trauma informed, strength-based and culturally and linguistically appropriate programs for girls at the county level and to reduce the number of girls who are held in secure confinement. To achieve this, the grantee is working with a local collaborative to enhance the county’s capacity to work effectively with girls and to reduce arrests of girls who commit non-serious delinquent acts. The grantee is currently working on a strategic plan with a girls coordinating council. This group was recently created and charged with creating developmentally appropriate gender responsive services for girls and to identify and address potential gaps. The grantee hopes to increase collaboration among service providers and government agencies to address girls’ needs; increase understanding of why to girls become involved in the local juvenile justice system; increase the availability of services offered through the county’s Girls Court.

 



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