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  • As the State Administering Agency for federal justice grant funds, the Wisconsin Department of Justice develops statewide strategies, determines funding priorities, and advises the Governor and legislature on justice policy issues.

    Grant Opportunities

    Title II Federal Funding Initiatives

  • There are no juvenile justice grants currently open for applications. Please check back in the spring or visit the Wisconsin Department of Justice grants page for up to date information:

    Email the Juvenile Justice Specialist at to be added to the grants email distribution list. 

    Grant Announcements

  • The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA), was enacted in 1974.  This landmark legislation established the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) in the United States Department of Justice (U.S. DOJ) to support states, local communities, and tribes in developing prevention, diversion, treatment, and rehabilitation training, education, and reform efforts in delinquency prevention and juvenile justice system improvement.

    The Juvenile Justice Reform Act (JJRA) of 2018 was signed into law in December 2018, reauthorizing and substantially amending the JJDPA. The amendments made by the JJRA became effective in FY 2020 (October 1, 2019). 

    Core Requirements of the JJDPA

    To be eligible for Title II formula funding, states must meet OJJDP-determined annual thresholds for the following core requirements of the JJDPA:

    1. Deinstitutionalization of Status Offenders (DSO) Sect. 223(a)(11)(A) – not placing status offenders (truants, curfew violators, runaways, etc.) in secure detention or correctional settings
    2. Removing Juveniles Charged as Adults (In the Interest of Justice) Sect.223(a)(11)(B) – not detaining or confining juveniles charged as adults in adult jails or lockups unless the court makes certain findings
    3. Sight or Sound Separation of Juveniles from Adult Inmates Sect. 223(a)(12) – not detaining or confining juveniles in any institution in which they have sight or sound contact with adult inmates
    4. Removal of Juveniles from Adult Jails and Lockups Requirement (JR) Sect. 223(a)(13) – not detaining or confining juveniles in adult jails or lockups, subject to certain exceptions
    5. Reduction of Racial and Ethnic Disparities Requirement (R/ED) Sect. 223(a)(15) – identifying and reducing racial and ethnic disparities among youth who come into contact with the juvenile justice system.
  • Nominations are open for the Tony Maggiore Youth Excellence Award! The deadline to nominate yourself or a young person is August 30, 2024.

    Eligible youth are:

    • Between ages 16 to 28 years old.
    • Previously under the jurisdiction of the juvenile justice system.
    • Have made great strides, despite previous involvement in the juvenile justice system, in overcoming obstacles to improve their life and their community.

    Please review the nomination packet for more details.

    The GJJC presents the Tony Maggiore Youth Excellence Award to a remarkable young person in Wisconsin every two years. This award recognizes a youth person, having prior contact with the juvenile justice system, that has achieved personal success and has made positive contributions to their community. 

    The award is in honor of the late, Tony Maggiore, who served on the GJJC for 17 years and was a tireless advocate for people living in poverty. Tony helped wage Milwaukee’s war on poverty for more than 20 years as the Associate Director of the Social Development Commission (SDC). He was an outspoken and steadfast voice to push reforms that would reduce the disparities present in the juvenile and criminal justice systems. Tony often described his philosophy as, “You just keep pushing and pushing. You don’t give up.”

    Nomination Packet

  • The GJJC is honored to present the 2022 Tony Maggiore Youth Excellence Award to Dylan Matyshak.  Congratulations to Dylan and his nominator, Lindsey Reckelberg, School Social Worker at Denmark School District. 

    Dylan Lindsey Plaque
    Dylan and plaque