In keeping with Governor Deal’s goal of increasing public safety through a more effective juvenile system, the Governor’s Office for Children and Families (GOCF) and the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) have issued Juvenile Reinvestment Request for Proposals, seeking local juvenile projects that include evidence-based program models that have been shown to reduce juvenile recidivism.
These efforts come on the heels of the Georgia Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform December report containing recommendations for improving the state’s juvenile justice system.
“We aim to incentivize court projects that provide services which hold juveniles accountable for their actions while also holding our juvenile system accountable to taxpayers,” says Katie Jo Ballard, Executive Director GOCF.
A total of $6,000,000 is being made available for this effort. $5 million in State dollars will be prioritized for the counties with the highest recidivism rates available from the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, and an additional $1 million in federal funding will be available from the Governor’s Office for Children and Families.
“Our experience with the accountability courts combined with GOCF’s juvenile expertise has created the perfect paradigm for ensuring this is successful for Georgia,” says Braxton Cotton, Executive Director CJCC.
Applications for funding are due June 21, 2013 with funded projects set to begin this summer.
A workshop teaching interested parties how to apply for this funding will be offered on April 23, 2013 at 9:30 AM at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth, GA.
If you'd like more information about this topic, please call Joe Vignati at (404) 656-5183 or e-mail Joe at Joe.Vignati@children.ga.gov