Juvenile Justice Incentive Grant Program

The Juvenile Justice Incentive Grant Program (JJIG) aims to develop and sustain programs that address the criminogenic needs of youth while mitigating risk of future offending.The JJIG offers funding and technical support for a set of nationally recognized treatment programs. 

In 2012, Governor Nathan Deal charged the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform to study Georgia’s criminal justice system and recommend policy changes with the end goal of increasing public safety through a more effective juvenile system. On December 18, 2012, the Council released their second report to Governor Deal. Per the recommendations of the report, during the 2013 legislative session, Governor Deal signed into law House Bill 242, landmark legislation that would improve Georgia’s juvenile justice system through innovative practices and methods proven to yield positive results. At that time, Governor Deal and the Georgia General Assembly appropriated resources to the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) for the purpose of creating effective community programs to serve youth who were currently being committed to the Georgia’s Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) and/or served though out-of-home placements as a sanction. CJCC and the Juvenile Justice Incentive Grant Program Funding Committee, appointed by Governor Deal, manage funding and technical support for juvenile courts to deliver evidence-based treatment programming for juvenile offenders in their home communities.

Applicant counties should include the most recent data in their application to show their targeted reduction in felony commitments and STP placements. This data can also be used to show success from previous grant years.

For questions concerning this funding opportunity, please contact:

Stephanie Mikkelsen
Juvenile Justice Supervisor
Criminal Justice Coordinating Council 
(404) 657-1959