TITUS ANNOUNCES DOJ JUVENILE JUSTICE GRANT

Sep 22, 2017
Press Release

September 22, 2017

Las Vegas – Today Rep. Dina Titus announced a $394,924 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to the Nevada Division of Child and Family Services to support efforts to improve the juvenile justice system with prevention and intervention programs for young offenders and at-risk youth.

“Incarceration can lead to increases in recidivism, more delinquency, and mental health problems for Americans who go behind bars at an early age. These funds will help Nevada improve the juvenile justice system and get at-risk youth back on track by focusing on intervention, prevention, and rehabilitation. If we do not seek alternatives to locking up children, we are shortchanging an entire generation.”

BACKGROUND FROM THE DOJ 

The Juvenile Justice Programs Office in conjunction with the Nevada Juvenile Justice Commission (JJC) will provide funding, oversight and technical assistance to local probation departments, not-for-profit agencies and state correctional facilities for programming to youth involved or at risk of involvement in the juvenile justice system.

Supported activities and efforts may include: prevention of substance abuse by juveniles; prevention of serious and violent crimes by juveniles; prevention of juvenile gang involvement and illegal youth gang activities; prevention of delinquent acts and identification of youth at risk of delinquency; and improvement of juvenile justice system operations, policies, and procedures including establishing a system of graduated sanctions, treatment programs, and aftercare as found in section 223(a) of the JJDP Act.