Justice Dept. Awards Several Early Juvenile Justice Grants

Most federal discretionary funding for 2014 has yet to be spent, with many solicitations still active. But the Department of Justice has already approved a number of juvenile justice-related grants, mostly through the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA).

The following are all grants funded through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant program:

Sacramento County, Calif., $237,000 to support the Juvenile Court Violent Offender Unit, by hiring two full-time probation officers assigned to violent juvenile cases for investigation, processing, and oversight.

Clackamas County Juvenile Department, Ore., $29,550 to enhance evidence-based cognitive behavioral intervention. The services will target youth who are at risk for delinquency or re-offending and will provide evidence-based cognitive skill development.

Skagit County, Wash., $11,000 for support of the Victim Offender Meeting Program, which is geared towards the victim and offender obtaining “some resolution toward creating some sense of justice.”

The following are all grants funded through the Second Chance Act “Technology Career Training Program for Incarcerated Adults and Juveniles”:

San Diego Superintendent of Schools, Calif., $748,000 to administer the Technical Career Apprenticeship Training Project (TCATP) for incarcerated youth, ages 17 to 19. TCATP will provide employment training at three county detention centers aimed at transitioning youths back into the community with established partnerships and employers willing to hire them.

Los Angeles Believes in Opportunities & Recidivism Reduction, $750,000 for the LABOR2 program aimed at training 100 juveniles between 16 and 24 years of age in the field of green automotive technology and green construction technologies.

The You Only Live Once Diversion, St. Louis Agency of Training and Employment, $521,000 for the coordination of services for 35 juveniles coming out of the system.

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention announced two early juvenile justice grants:

Volunteers of America Northern Rockies, Wyoming, $380,000 to manage the state’s compliance with the standards of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974. Wyoming does not participate directly in the act.

Tribal Law and Policy Institute, Calif., $250,000 to support the Attorney General’s Task Force on American Indian/Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence.

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