Juvenile Justice

The Law Enforcement and Traffic Safety Division of ADECA administers grant programs that assist local efforts in planning, operating, and evaluating projects that seek to prevent at-risk youth from entering the juvenile justice system or intervene with first-time and nonserious offenders to provide services that maximize their chances of leading productive, successful lives.

Grant Training Presentation

ADECA Juvenile Justice 3-Year Plan 2018-21


Click the names below for more information on each of the following grant programs:
​Reducing Disproportionate Minority Contact​


Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA)

Most recently authorized in 2002, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) is based on a broad consensus that children, youth and families involved with the juvenile and criminal courts should be guarded by federal standards for care and custody, while also upholding the interests of community safety and the prevention of victimization.  The JJDPA of 2002 sought to reform the juvenile justice system with more focus on juvenile delinquency prevention programs, while also holding juveniles accountable for their actions.  The JJDPA creates a federal-state partnership for the administration of juvenile justice and delinquency prevention by providing:

  • A juvenile justice planning and advisory system in each state through State Advisory Groups (SAGs)
  • Federal funding for delinquency prevention and system improvements
  • A federal agency dedicated to training, technical assistance, model programs and research and assistance to support state and local efforts​


Juvenile Justice Formula Grant Program (Title II)

The Title II Formula Grants Program, authorized through the JJDPA provides funds to states and territories that support state and local delinquency prevention and intervention efforts and juvenile justice system improvements. Funds are administered through sub-grants to units of state and local government, non-profit organizations, and colleges and universities.

Applications are accepted annually and funds are awarded based on application scores and recommendations of the Alabama Juvenile Justice State Advisory Group (ALSAG). Please visit the Funding Opportunities page to find posted information and applications for funding opportunities.


Core Requirements

The JJDPA sets forth federal standards to ensure a minimum level of safety for children and youth who come into contact with the juvenile justice system.  To be eligible to receive federal funds provided through the JJDPA, each state must comply with four core requirements/protections:

  • Deinstitutionalization of Status Offenders (DSO);
  • Adult Jail and Lockup Removal (Jail Removal);
  • Sight and Sound Separation from adult inmates; and
  • Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC)​


Compliance Monitoring

Each state must monitor its designated facilities for compliance with the first three Core Requirements.  Alabama ensures compliance through monitoring of facilities, collection of data, providing training and technical assistance, and addressing violations of the protections.

Compliance Monitors (CMs)

Our CMs identify and classify all facilities in the state that may hold juveniles pursuant to public authority and maintain a monitoring universe of these facilities.  They collect information each quarter from all facilities identified in the monitoring universe and address any violations found.  Each facility must have an on-site inspection at least once every three years.  The CMs conduct these on-site inspections to determine compliance and to ensure that each facility’s classification and record keeping is accurate.  At the end of each fiscal year the CMs develop an Annual Report of their activities and findings, which is submitted to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

The CMs also develop a 3-year Compliance Plan for maintaining compliance with the first three Core Requirements.

Compliance Monitoring Team​

​ Cynthianther (C.L.) May  |  bio Mike Rollins  |  bio


Filing Secure Custody Reports

All facilities that may hold juveniles pursuant to public authority must submit Secure Custody Reports to the state’s Jail Compliance Monitors (CMs) through secure email at juvenilemonitoring@alacop.gov​. This secure email site is hosted by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center. Reporting documents are provided below in “Resources”.


Training is provided as needed or requested, to ensure Sheriff’s, Chiefs of Police, Jail Administrators and their staff are familiar with the core protections and adhere to all compliance and reporting mandates.

  • History and evolution of the JJDPAct
  • Core Requirements of the JJDPAct and their implications for law enforcement agencies and jails
  • Jail & Lock-up Security-level assessment
  • Liability Issues
  • Policies & Procedures
  • "Best Practices" to facilitate compliance with the JJDPAct
  • Customized training to fit your training schedule​


Compliance Monitoring Guide for Adult Facilities.pdfCompliance Monitoring Guide for Adult Facilities
Compliance Monitoring Guide for Juvenile Facilities.pdfCompliance Monitoring Guide for Juvenile Facilities
Instructions for Completing the Juvenile Secure Custody Report – Adult Facility.pdfInstructions for Completing the Juvenile Secure Custody Report – Adult Facility
Juvenile Secure Custody Report – Adult Facility.pdfJuvenile Secure Custody Report – Adult Facility
Juvenile Secure Custody Report – Juvenile Facility.xlsxJuvenile Secure Custody Report – Juvenile Facility
Instructions for Completing the Juvenile Secure Custody Report – Juvenile Facility.pdfInstructions for Completing the Juvenile Secure Custody Report – Juvenile Facility
Scared Straight Research.pdfScared Straight Research
Poster - Three Things to Know.pdfPoster - Three Things to Know


Reducing Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC)​

To ensure that minority youth are not disproportionally represented in Alabama’s juvenile justice system, the ADECA LETS Division contracts with a DMC Coordinator to work in the community with Law Enforcement, Family Courts, schools and community leaders to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system in Alabama.​

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