Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $1,739,700)
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.
Illinois passes through the required 75% of the federal award to units of local government. At the state level, Illinois will focus on the following purpose areas:
1 - developing, implementing, and administering graduated sanctions for juvenile offenders, 10 - establishing and maintaining interagency information sharing programs that enable the juvenile and criminal justice systems, schools, and social services agencies to make more informed decisions regarding the early identification, control, supervision, and treatment of juveniles who repeatedly commit serious delinquent or criminal acts, 11 - establishing and maintaining accountability-based programs designed to reduce recidivism among juveniles who are referred by law enforcement personnel or agencies, 12 ' establishing and maintaining programs to conduct risk and needs assessments of juvenile offenders, 13 - establishing and maintaining accountability-based programs that are designed to enhance school safety, which programs may include research-based bullying, cyber-bullying, and gang prevention programs, and 14 - establishing and maintaining restorative justice programs.