The bill establishes the delinquency prevention and young offender intervention pilot grant program (program) in the division of criminal justice (division) within the department of public safety (department). The program awards 2-year grants to local governments, American Indian tribes, school districts and charter schools, and nonprofit organizations to fund projects to reduce crime among youth. Preference is given to applicants whose projects demonstrate a community-based response in which multiple agencies coordinate to reduce crime among youth and those in areas with high rates of crime among youth.
The division administers the program. The juvenile justice and delinquency prevention council serves as an advisory board for the program.
The program is a 2-year pilot program. The bill requires the general assembly to appropriate $2.1 million for the program in each of the next 2 fiscal years. The division provides annual reports to the general assembly about the program. In its hearing pursuant to the "State Measurement for Accountable, Responsive, and Transparent (SMART) Government Act" for the 2024 legislative session, the department shall report on the program and make a recommendation of whether to continue the program.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)