October is National Youth Justice Awareness Month
The Iowa Department of Human Rights-Division of Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning recently received a $270,891 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice-Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. The goal of the Statewide Juvenile Justice Reform Planning Grant is to reduce recidivism, improve outcomes for youth, reduce racial disparities, and increase public safety through the development of a comprehensive statewide plan. The 24-month planning process will begin October 1, 2016. This grant was received in time for National Youth Justice Awareness Month (October). Communities are encouraged to participate in activities and programs that help youth fulfill their greatest potential. This month of observance focuses on preventing youth from entering the juvenile and criminal justice systems.