Juvenile Justice

The Montana Board of Crime Control (MBCC) serves to improve the juvenile justice system through planning, research and development of statewide juvenile justice programs under the Montana Youth Court Act, federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 2002 (the Act) and related federal regulations and guidelines developed by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

MBCC is the state agency designated by the governor to administer Title II Formula Block Grant funds and Title V Prevention grants. These are under the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act and the federal Juvenile Accountability Block Grant.The Youth Justice Advisory Council is assigned the task of developing a 3-Year Plan that is submitted to the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in application for Formula Grant funding. The 3-Year Plan is updated annually to address compliance with the four core requirements of the Act.

To be eligible for funding, the Act requires the following of participating states:

1. Designate a state advisory group (SAG) and a Juvenile Justice Specialist to implement the Act.

2. Comply with the four core requirements of the Act:

    1. Status offenders and non-offenders not be held in secure custody;

    2. Juveniles in secure custody not be held in sight or sound contact with adult offenders;

    3. Removal of juveniles from secure jails with special exceptions made for youth taken into custody in rural areas;

    4. Assess, monitor and evaluate juvenile minority populations in excess of 1% of the general juvenile population for Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) with the juvenile justice system.
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