September 12, 2002

First Circuit Juvenile Office Receives Justice Department Grant

The First Judicial Circuit Juvenile Office was the recipient of a grant through the Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grant Program which is administered by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the Missouri Department of Public Safety.

Through the grant the juvenile office was able to purchase a 2003 Ford Crown Victoria for the department. In addition funding was made possible to purchase two electronic monitoring systems for use when juveniles are placed under house arrest, insuring they are not leaving the designated area.

The grant also provided funds for drug urinalysis testing kits, two fax machines as well as three programs addressing Conflict Resolution, Anger Management and Retail Thefts along with a television and VCR to implement the programs.

The funding is made possible to assist Missouri in the development of effective juvenile delinquency prevention and treatment programs. These funds are appropriated annually by Congress under the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended (JJDPA). Missouri's expenditure of JJDPA funds are guided by a federally approved plan submitted by the Department of Public Safety with the advice and supervision of the gubernatorial appointed Missouri Juvenile Justice Advisory Group (JJAG).

The First Judicial Circuit Juvenile Office serves Scotland, Clark and Schuyler counties. The office staff is comprised of Chief Juvenile Officer Eric Derosear, Deputy Juvenile Officers James Kigar and Cara Remley and Intensive Probation Officer and Deputy Juvenile Officer Bill Conger. The department maintains offices in each of the three county courthouses.

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