Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $859,800)
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.
The State of Wisconsin is not a wavier state. At least 75% of the JABG award funds are pssed through to eligible units of local government. The following program areas will be funded:
JABG Purpose Area #12 ' Drug Courts and Mental Health/Substance Abuse assessments and programs to identify and treat these behaviors in order to reduce recidivism and delinquency; #13 ' School Safety programs to reduce truancy and promote a better learning environment; and #10 Interagency Information Sharing to assist in making informed decisions regarding the early identification, control, supervision, and treatment of juveniles who repeatedly commit serious delinquent or criminal acts.