LAS VEGAS (FOX5) – The Division of Children and Family Services recently received more than $ 1.5 million to serve youth at risk of delinquency or those who commit low-level crime.
The funding will be used to target unfunded or underfunded services in lower income counties in Nevada. The DCFS Office of Juvenile Justice Programs requested these funds to support programs and efforts in Carson, Storey, Clark, Churchill, Elko, Lyon and Washoe counties. It was awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice Prevention’s Crime Prevention Grants Program for the fiscal year 2021.
Crime Prevention Grant funds can be used to support programs for children 17 and under. The goal is to distract youth from deeper involvement in the juvenile justice system by responding to needs during referral or entry into the system.
The projects expected under this award include:
DCFS asserts that there is no single cause that prompts young people to commit delinquency, but some factors are poverty, lack of supervision, substance abuse and mental health disorders. Services and / or funds to meet these needs are effective in preventing deeper system involvement.
Delinquency is a term used specifically for young people 17 years of age and under who commit crimes. There are two types of offenses that a minor can commit:
- A status offense: This is an offense for a person 17 years of age or younger, but not for a person 18 years of age or older. Examples of status violations include running away, truancy and curfew.
- A delinquent offense: This is an offense committed by a young person aged 17 and under which would also be a felony if committed by a person aged 18 and over.
Funds are available until September 30, 2026.