Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $1,546,400)
The Juvenile Accountability Block Grant Program (JABG) Program is authorized under the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 2002 (42 U.S.C. 376ee). The goal of the JABG program is to reduce juvenile offending through accountability-based programs focused on both the juvenile offender and the juvenile justice system. The objective is to ensure that States and Territories are addressing the specified program purpose areas and receiving information on best practices from OJJDP. JABG funds are allocated to States and Territories based on each State's relative population of youth under the age of 18. The underlying premise of juvenile accountability programming is that young people who violate the law should be held accountable for their actions through the swift, consistent application of graduated sanctions that are proportionate to the offense, both as a matter of basic justice and as a way to combat juvenile delinquency, and improve the quality of life in the nation's communities.
Pennsylvania will continue to pass through ninety five percent of JABG grant to local units of government. The State Agency, PCCD, allows units of local government flexibility in the use of JABG funds as long as the use is consistent with their local planning group's priorities. PCCD will encourage applicants to focus their efforts on the following purpose areas: (4) prosecutors (staffing); (5) prosecutors (funding); (7) juvenile gun courts; (13) school safety; and (17) aftercare/re-entry.