The United States Department of Justice, under the leadership of Attorney General Janet Reno, is committed to investing in the future of America by providing infants, children, and teens with developmentally appropriate opportunities and interventions that will foster the growth of its juvenile population into healthy and law-abiding adults. In 1992, Title V of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended (PL 93-415; 42 U.S.C. 5601 et seq.), established a new delinquency prevention program, Incentive Grants for Local Delinquency Prevention Programs -- referred to as the Community Prevention Grants Program -- to assist and encourage communities to focus on preventing juveniles from entering the juvenile justice system. This is the fifth annual report prepared to fulfill the requirements of Section 504(4) of Title V, which directs the Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to submit a report to the Committee on Education and the Workforce in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Committee on the Judiciary in the U.S. Senate:

  • Describing activities and accomplishments of grant activities funded under this title.

  • Describing procedures followed to disseminate grant activity products and research findings.

  • Describing activities conducted to develop policy and to coordinate Federal agency and interagency efforts related to delinquency prevention.

  • Identifying successful approaches and making recommendations for future activities conducted under the title.

The 1998 Report to Congress begins with a review of current trends in juvenile justice and the role the Community Prevention Grants Program plays in the prevention and control of juvenile problem behaviors. The second chapter provides an overview of the allocation of Title V resources that have been provided to participating States and communities to date, including training, technical assistance, evaluation support, and funding. The third chapter examines the experiences of States and communities as they move from the theoretical model to practical application, presents barriers encountered by grantees and subgrantees during implementation, and highlights State and local strategies for overcoming these barriers and facilitating success. In the fourth chapter, the coordination of State and Federal efforts to support local delinquency prevention is discussed. Finally, the last chapter reviews our commitment to delinquency prevention and the promise it holds for moving toward a healthier, safer future for our Nation's children and families.

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1998 Report to Congress: Title V Incentive Grants for Local Delinquency Prevention Programs OJJDP Report