To be eligible to receive a formula grant, a State must designate one agency to prepare and administer a comprehensive 3-year Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention plan, establish a State Advisory Group (SAG) appointed by the Governor or other chief executive officer to provide policy direction, participate in preparing and administering the Formula Grants program plan, and commit to achieve and maintain compliance with the following four core requirements of the JJDP Act:
- Reduction of disproportionate minority contact (DMC) within the juvenile justice system.
- Deinstitutionalization of status offenders (DSO).
- Separation of juveniles from adults in secure facilities (separation).
- Removal of juveniles from adult jails and lockups (jail removal).