|Overview of the JABG Program
The Juvenile Accountability Block Grants (JABG) program
is administered by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.
The JABG program provides block grants to states that have submitted applications that describe specific plans for using the state-held portion of JABG funds to include purpose areas and activities, outline criteria for measuring the effectiveness of funded activities through OJJDP-approved JABG performance measurements, and document efforts to implement a system of graduated sanctions that reflects the new JABG program. Local and tribal governments can apply to the states for JABG funds to support local accountability programs in any of the 16 JABG program purpose areas. Tribes may also compete for additional JABG funding via a competitive process currently being developed by the OJJDP Tribal Youth Program Manager.
The goal of the JABG program is to reduce juvenile offending through accountability-based
programs focused on both the offender and the juvenile justice system. The objective is to ensure that states are addressing 1 or more of the 17 purposes areas and receiving information on best practices from OJJDP.
The basic premise underlying the JABG program is that both the
individual juvenile offender and the juvenile justice system must
be accountable. In implementing the program, OJJDP seeks to reduce
juvenile offending through both offender-focused and system-focused
activities that promote accountability.
Accountability means that each offender is assured of facing
individualized consequences through which he or she is made aware
of and held responsible for the loss, damage, or injury perpetrated
on the victim. Such accountability is best achieved through a
system of graduated sanctions that are imposed according to the
nature and severity of the offense, moving from limited interventions
to more restrictive actions if the offender continues delinquent
Accountability involves a new set of expectations and demands
for the juvenile justice system. The system will need to increase
its 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 sanctions.
Answers to 20 frequently asked questions about JABG.
JABG authorizing legislation and a summary of annual appropriations.
A list of the 17 JABG program purpose areas that states and localities
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