A spending bill that eliminates most federal funding for juvenile justice was approved yesterday by the House Appropriations Committee, reports Youth Today. Juvenile justice demonstration grants, Juvenile Accountability Block Grants and Title V Local Delinquency Prevention Grants got no funding; in 2010, the last year Congress actually passed an appropriations package, those three funding streams totaled $231 million.
The bill also reduces state formula grants – given to states on the condition that they adhere to basic standards in regard to the detainment of juveniles, and address racial disparities in the system – from $75 million in 2010 to $40 million. The bill leaves the majority of federal juvenile justice resources in mentoring ($83 million) and missing and exploited children ($70 million). Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), chairman of the subcommittee handling Justice Department appropriations, said the bill “prioritizes the remaining funds to proven, highest priority programs including violence against women programs, [Byrne] Justice Assistance Grants, and missing and exploited children programs.”