Supporting young, at-risk Hoosiers

    Youth diversion programs are some of the most effective ways to stop young offenders from re-entering the criminal justice system. In fact, one study reported that youth who participate in such programs are 40 percent less likely to reoffend. A new grant opportunity is available to boost and support local diversion initiatives.

    Established by a 2022 law I authored, and funded through the state budget, the grant allows counties to receive a base amount of $37,500 to be used toward youth diversion programs. Public entities, nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations are eligible for the funds, which can be used for material costs, medical and counseling services, supplies and operating costs. To learn more, click here.

    Grant applications are due on Nov. 20. To submit your application, click here. An information webinar will be held on Thursday, Nov. 9, from 11 a.m. to noon. The webinar will include an overview of the program and information on applying. Registration is not required. To join the meeting, click here.

    As chair of the House Courts and Criminal Code Committee, it’s my goal to help nonviolent youth offenders get connected to counseling and provide a better path forward, instead of simply relying on detention. These grants will go a long way in helping our communities stay safe and reduce juvenile recidivism rates in Indiana.