|Juvenile Accountability Block Grants Program|
|The Juvenile Accountability Block Grant (JABG) Program is authorized under the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 2002 (42 U.S.C. 3796ee et esq). As envisioned by Congress, the goal of the JABG program is to reduce juvenile offending through supporting accountability-based programs that focus on offenders and state and local juvenile justice systems. The basic premise underlying the JABG program is that both the juvenile offender and the juvenile justice system must be held accountable. In implementing the program, OJJDP seeks to reduce juvenile offending through both offender-focused and system-focused activities that promote accountability. For the juvenile offender, accountability means an assurance of facing individualized consequences through which he or she is made aware of and held responsible for the loss, damage, or injury that the victim experiences. Such accountability is best achieved through a system of graduated sanctions imposed according to the nature and severity of the offense, moving from limited interventions to more restrictive actions if the offender continues delinquent activities. For the juvenile justice system, strengthening the system requires an increased capacity to develop youth competence, to efficiently track juveniles through the system, and to provide enhanced options such as restitution, community service, victim-offender mediation, and other restorative justice sanctions that reinforce the mutual obligations of an accountability-based juvenile justice system.|
|Only the agency designated by the chief executive (i.e., the Governor) of each state is eligible to apply for these funds. The term "state" means any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. You may contact your Juvenile Justice Specialist for more information.|
|Juvenile Accountability Block Grants Program|
|Training and Technical Assistance||Top |
|Training and Technical Assistance is available through several providers. The National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC) leverages linkages with consultants, trainers and resources to provide telephonic or onsite training and technical assistance. States may fill out a TA request form at www.nttac.org and forward it to the appropriate OJJDP state representative to arrange training and technical assistance. States can also call NTTAC toll free at 800-830-4031.
Training and technical assistance support is also available from CSR Incorporated, which manages the JABG performance measurement process for OJJDP. CSR manages the Data Collection and Technical Assistance Tool (DCTAT) that OJJDP encourages states to use to submit their JABG performance measurement data. CSR staff also provide training and support regarding the selection and use of the JABG performance measures, as well as navigating the DCTAT. Print documents are available on the DCTAT Web site. You may also e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-866-487-0512 for further support.
OJJDP has established the JABG Technical Support Center with assistance from the Bureau of Justice Statistics and a grant to the Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA) to provide states with the data they need to calculate JABG allocations to local jurisdictions. JRSA combines information from the UCR Part 1 violent crimes with data on local justice expenditures (direct operating expenditures for police, corrections, and judicial and legal services) that the Census Bureau collects from local units of government. JRSA matches the FBI's crime data from police departments with the Census Bureau's justice expenditure data from local governments, resolves and discrepancies, and provides the results in a series of spreadsheets for each state. States can log onto a password-protected part of the online JABG Technical Super Center at www.jrsa.org/jabg to obtain allocation amounts (and supporting information on violent crimes and expenditures) for all local units of government.
|Best Practices in Juvenile Accountability: Overview|
Bulletin: Juvenile Accountability Block Grants Series, April 2003. Provides an indepth history of OJJDP's Juvenile Accountability Block Grants (JABG) Program, reviews the developmental perspective shaping juvenile accountability, and offers case histories illustrating effective practices that promote accountability. 12 pages. NCJ 184745.
AbstractChanges to OJJDP's Juvenile Accountability Program
Bulletin, June 2003. Presents an overview of recent changes in OJJDP's juvenile accountability program as a result of the Department of Justice Authorization Act for FY 2003. 6 pages. NCJ 200220.
AbstractJuvenile Accountability Block Grant Programs: 2008-2009 Report to Congress
Report, March 2011, Presents data from local subgrantees on how their juvenile accountability programs performed during the 2008 and 2009 reporting periods. 25 pages. NCJ 231990.
AbstractJuvenile Accountability Block Grants Program
Fact Sheet: In Focus, October 2009. Provides an overview of OJJDP’s Juvenile Accountability Block Grants (JABG) program, which helps States and communities develop and implement programs that hold youth accountable for delinquent behavior through the imposition of graduated sanctions that are consistent with the severity of the offense. 4 pages. NCJ 226357.
|Juvenile Accountability Block Grants Program Guidance Manual 2007 is designed to help states apply for, receive, obligate, and expend funds provided under the JABG program. It includes an overview of the program, a description of the application and award processes, and term definitions.|
OJJDP Performance Measures Web Site
A one-stop resource for applicants and grantees, which will:
Applicants and grantees are encouraged to revisit this page regularly to access the latest information regarding performance measures.
- Review the significance of performance measures in the light of relevant federal legislation.
- Assist applicants in developing a logic model that sets goals and objectives for their program.
- Help applicants select appropriate performance measures and identify pertinent data sources for performance reporting.
Enable grantees to report their performance measures online.