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Compliance with the Core Requirements of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act

The information on this page is available to assist states in monitoring and achieving compliance with the core requirements specified in the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act.


Photo credit: ęGary Blakeley/Shutterstock, Inc.On April 28, 2017, the Department of Justice approved the partial final rule that amends OJJDP's Formula Grants Program regulations. The partial final rule, published in the Federal Register on January 17, 2017, is now in effect and OJJDP will use it to make compliance determinations for the deinstitutionalization of status offenders, separation, and jail removal core requirements of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act.

On August 8, 2016, OJJDP published for public comment in the Federal Register a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to update the implementing regulation for the Formula Grants Program authorized by Title II, Part B of the JJDP Act of 1974, and to bring the regulation in conformity with the JJDP Act. Following publication of the proposed rule, OJJDP received a number of comments. For several of the provisions, OJJDP addressed the public comments and through the partial final rule, amended the current Formula Grant Program regulations. OJJDP plans to publish a supplemental rule addressing the remainder of the proposed changes that were not addressed.


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Background of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act
Supporting Regulations

OJJDP is in the process of developing regulations for the implementation of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 2002. Those regulations will be posted on this site when they have been finalized. The following are OJJDP's existing regulations related to the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended.

Federal Register Notices:

State Compliance With JJDP Act Core Requirements
  • OJJDP Policy: Monitoring of State Compliance with the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act
    • OJJDP Policy Revised policy UPDATED June 19, 2017 - supersedes previous policy issued December 2016
  • Learn more about State Compliance With JJDP Act Core Requirements for Fiscal Years 2006 – 2017.
Eligibility Statement

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).

Reporting Requirements
Guidance and Resources

For questions regarding CPD compliance site visits or guidance on DMC concerns, please contact your state compliance analyst.

Staff Contacts

States can contact their OJJDP State Compliance Analyst. Contact information is available on the OJJDP Staff List.

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