Menendez, Lautenberg Announce Close To $3 Million Dollars For Juvenile Justice And Delinquency Prevention In NJ

Menendez, Lautenberg Announce Close To $3 Million Dollars For Juvenile Justice And Delinquency Prevention In NJ

Washington -Today, U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Frank Lautenberg announced that the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety has been awarded $2,840,186 in funds for juvenile delinquency justice and prevention programs. This funding will finance three separate grant programs aimed at:

• Treating at-risk youth and preventing first-time and non-serious offenders from entering the juvenile justice system

• Reducing juvenile offenses

• Strengthening local prevention and intervention efforts, including through the improvement of local juvenile justice systems.

"The unfortunate reality in these difficult times is that families can be susceptible to stresses and strains," said Menendez. "We have to work to prevent our children from falling prey to juvenile delinquency and the downward spiral of violence that is so destructive. This funding is an investment in our youth and the strength and prosperity of our communities. Preventing and effectively treating juvenile delinquency will ensure that our children can fulfill their potential and help our state flourish in the 21st century."

"We must work to ensure that New Jersey's youth are given every opportunity and resource available to lead safe, productive lives free from the influence of crime and violence," said Sen. Lautenberg. "Our children, our economy and our state all benefit from programs like these that break the cycle of crime and poverty and teach our kids to make better decisions. These funds will help protect our children and strengthen our communities."

The three programs to receive funding are:
Title II Formula Grants Program ($1,599,000): To support State and local delinquency prevention and intervention efforts and juvenile justice system improvements.

FY09 Juvenile Accountability Block Grants Program ($1,207,700): To reduce juvenile offending through accountability-based programs focused on both the juvenile offender and the juvenile justice system.

FY09 Title V Community Prevention Grants Program ($33,486): To reduce risks and enhance protective factors to prevent at risk youth from entering the juvenile justice systems and to intervene with first time and non-serious offenders to keep them out of the juvenile justice system.