About the JJDPA

For the past 35 years, the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) has been a driving force in providing community-based services to juveniles.

The JJDPA was reauthorized by Congress in 2002 and redirected state efforts to supporting state and local programming aimed at preventing juvenile delinquency and crime. The federal JJDPA requires states to demonstrate compliance with the following four core requirements in order to receive its share of federal formula grant dollars:

  • Deinstitutionalization of status offenders and non-offenders
  • Separation of alleged and adjudicated delinquents, status offenders, and non-offender juveniles from adult offenders in institutions
  • Removal of juveniles from adults jails and lockups
  • Addressing disproportionate minority contact

JJDPA is one of the few sources of funding for innovative services and programs in the juvenile justice area. Wisconsin's share of Federal juvenile justice funds has fluctuated over the past several years as appropriation levels have changed with the Federal budget. Despite declining federal funding, Wisconsin has spent its money wisely and supported programs across the state that have made a significant and positive impact.

The Governor's Juvenile Justice Commission allocates approximately $600,000 for local program grants each year. Typically a single grant award may receive funding from this source over the course of three years to assist with the establishment and sustainability of new programs.

Page updated:  08/23/2013