OJJDP FY 2015 Smart on Juvenile Justice: Enhancing Youth Access to Justice Initiative – This initiative will provide funding to (1) develop effective, statewide, well-resourced model juvenile indigent defense legal delivery systems; (2) develop and implement standards of practice and policy for the effective management of such delivery systems; and (3) develop state or regional resource centers to help state, tribal, and local juvenile defense systems enhance the quality of legal representation, leverage resources, and collect and analyze data to measure the effectiveness of specific initiatives. This initiative will provide cost-effective and innovative training for the juvenile indigent defense bar, including public defenders and court-appointed counsel working on behalf of juvenile indigent defendants, particularly in traditionally underserved locations, including rural areas.
This initiative is composed of three categories, and the eligibility differs for each category:
- Category 1: Youth Access to Justice State Reform Planning Grants. Eligible applicants are limited to states (including territories and the District of Columbia) and federally recognized tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior).
- Category 2: Youth Access to Justice Training and Technical Assistance. Applicants are limited to nonprofit and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations) and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education). For-profit organizations must agree to forgo any profit or management fee.
- Category 3: Youth Access to Justice State and Tribal Juvenile Defender Resource Centers. Applicants are limited to nonprofit and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations) and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education).
Current Closing Date for Applications: June 25, 2015.