Counties now able to apply for juvenile service grants from state

Gov. Matt Mead signed a bill allowing counties to apply for juvenile services grants. Wyoming Department of Family Services Director Steve Corsi, far left, was in attendance. (Joshua Scheer photo)

Gov. Matt Mead signed a bill allowing counties to apply for juvenile services grants. Wyoming Department of Family Services Director Steve Corsi, far left, was in attendance. (Joshua Scheer photo)

By Joshua Scheer, reporter, county10.com

(Cheyenne, Wyo.) – Gov. Matt Mead signed a series of judiciary bills today into law regarding juvenile services.

Among them were Senate File 17, now title Enrolled Act 11. The bill makes counties eligible for grant funding for juvenile services. Wyoming Department of Family Services Director Steve Corsi said the bill should help fund juvenile justice programs.

The bill allows for counties to form juvenile services community committees or advisory boards. These boards may, through the county commission apply for these grant funds. In Fremont County, a program that might be eligible for such funds is the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative. This fledgling program provides reporting opportunities and schooling to help keep juvenile offenders from serving time in jail.

HB23, which Mead also signed at the same time, eliminates life services for juveniles. Exceptions apply to those convicted of murder when the crime took place before he or she was 18 years of age, and repeat sex offenders.

Another bill Mead signed on Thursday, HB20, amended child support rates.