JJDP Act Native American Pass-Through Calculation
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Section 223(a)(5)(C) of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended requires states to provide funds for programs of Native American Indian tribes that perform law enforcement functions. The Act specifies a formula that is based on the proportion of the number of tribal youth under 18 years of age to the total number of youth under 18 in the entire state. Only tribal youth in the service area where tribes perform law enforcement functions are eligible for JJDP funding and are included in the calculations.

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), with the help of the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), developed an updated method for calculating the 2010 Native American set-aside amounts. The process was outlined in an April 2010 memo approving the adjusted calculation method, along with documentation on challenges faced and how they were resolved.

To calculate the Native American Youth Pass-Through amounts according to the formula provided in the JJDP Act, the most recent data for each of the following elements are required for each state. For more information about how the data were obtained and used, please click on the information below:

As specified in the Act, the Native American Youth Pass-Through amount for each state is calculated by dividing the estimate of the number of tribal youth from eligible tribes by the total youth population for the state. The resulting percentage is then applied to two-thirds of the total dollar allocation for the state (after the allocation for the State Advisory Group has been subtracted) to arrive at the minimum amount that must be passed through to eligible tribes. View how this calculation was carried out for the state of Oklahoma on our Sample Calculation page.