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U. S. Attorney Clifford D. Johnson Announces a $450,000 Justice Department Grant Award To Elkhart County for Continuums of Care in Support of Youth Success

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Indiana

HAMMOND ― United States Attorney Clifford D. Johnson announced a Department of Justice Grant Award of $450,000 to Elkhart County.  This funding will help build continuums of care to support youth success in the Northern District of Indiana. The grant was awarded by the Department’s Office of Justice Programs through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s (OJJDP) “Building Local Continuums of Care to Support Youth Success” initiative and is part of more than $17 million going to communities nationwide.  

United States Attorney Clifford D. Johnson said, “I am delighted to announce this award since bolstering both prevention and intervention resources is a cornerstone strategy for my District.  This grant award is aimed at reducing youth involvement in violence and decreasing recidivism rates which aligns with my commitment to increase public safety of District residents.”

The Continuum of Care framework supports a network of services and opportunities to foster positive youth development and prioritizes community safety and effective program outcomes. This new OJJDP investment leverages decades of evidence-based learning to prevent youth from entering or deepening their involvement in the juvenile justice system and steer them on a path to success. At its core, the continuum of care approach is community-driven, leverages local insights, and addresses youth needs through mentoring, after-school programs, and other prosocial activities.  

More information about these and other OJP awards can be found on the OJP Grant Awards Page

About the Office of Justice Programs 

The Office of Justice Programs provides federal leadership, grants, training, technical assistance, and other resources to improve the nation’s capacity to prevent and reduce crime; advance equity and fairness in the administration of justice; assist victims; and uphold the rule of law. More information about OJP and its components can be found at

About the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention 

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention provides national leadership, coordination, and resources to prevent and respond to youth delinquency and victimization. The Office helps states, localities, and Tribes develop effective and equitable juvenile justice systems that create safer communities and empower youth to lead productive lives. 

Updated April 15, 2024