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September 2, 2005

Office of The Attorney General
- Peter C. Harvey, Attorney General
Juvenile Justice Commission
- Howard L. Beyer, Executive Director


Sharon Lauchaire


Governor’s Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Committee Awards $95,000 to the City of Trenton’s Department of Recreation, Natural Resources and Culture

TRENTON - The New Jersey Governor’s Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Committee has awarded a grant to the City of Trenton to expand delinquency prevention services to young people who are in gangs or at-risk of gang involvement. The award is in the amount of $95,000.

This Prevention Grant is established to reduce risk factors of delinquent behavior and increase the resources for gang prevention and intervention. The program entitled, “Comprehensive Gang Strategy” concentrates on four areas where risk factors for gang association originate, the community, school, family and the individual.

“The funding that we have received from the JJDP Committee will have a major impact on how the City of Trenton will be enabled to service 100 youth identified as presenting high risk behavior. The youth that this grant will allow the City of Trenton to serve are youth who without intervention would be on the long road to becoming statistics. True community outreach is an area that has been missing from the strategic model that we have chosen, not because it was unknown, but because we did not have the resources to make it a reality. The JJDP Committee has enabled us to meet the need by providing the resources,” Samuel Frisby, Director of Department of Recreation, City of Trenton.

The Juvenile Justice Commission (JJC), as the designated planning authority for the allocation of federal grant funds, works with the JJDP Committee to identify youth serving appropriate programs, award funds and monitor their success. The JJDP Committee is responsible for the distribution of more than $3 million in federal grant awards annually to local and state agencies. The JJDP Committee reviews proposals for programs that aim to reduce delinquency and/or seek to create local delinquency prevention strategies. Programs that receive funding work with individuals, families and communities to reduce the risk factors associated with delinquency. Programs that demonstrate success are eligible for continued funding for a maximum of three consecutive years.

The Juvenile Justice Commission is committed to helping local communities address the specific needs of their young people. We are proud to be part of a partnership that takes a proactive approach to help adolescents and their families, said Howard L. Beyer, Executive Director, JJC. We know that the earlier we reach out to children, the better chance we have of ensuring that they lead productive lives.

Created in 1995 to unite services for delinquent young people, the JJC is the single state agency responsible for providing juvenile correctional rehabilitation and parole services. The JJC also funds local prevention programs that divert young people from involvement in the juvenile justice system.

The project is monitored by staff from the Program Development and Prevention Services arm of the JJC’s Office of Local Programs and Services.

For more information on the JJC, please visit


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