Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $307,700)
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 North Dakota Division of Juvenile Services (DJS) is the designated agency to receive JABG funds in the State of North Dakota. North Dakota retains 75% of JABG funding and passes through 25% to Units of Local Government. DJS was able to provide an analysis of juvenile justice administration costs to show that the State bears the primary funding responsibilities; therefore, allowing for a waiver of the pass-through requirement. The 25% that is being provided to local government agencies, will support the following: additional services at the North Dakota Youth Correctional Center (the State's only juvenile correctional facility), supervision for youth on court probation via the Day Report Program, as well as the establishment and maintenance of restorative justice programming.