Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $2,031,700)
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 offenses, 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 Florida has requested a 100% waiver of the 75% pass-through portion of the JABG award as the State bears full responsibility for all aspects of the juvenile justice system within Florida.
Florida will focus on Purpose Area 6, the training of court personnel with respect to preventing and controlling juvenile crime; Purpose Area 9, establishing and maintaining a system of juvenile records designed to promote public safety; Purpose Area 11 - establishing and maintaining accountability based programs designed to reduce recidivism among juveniles who are referred by law enforcement personnel or agencies; Purpose Area 12 ' establishing and maintaining programs to conduct risk and needs assessments that facilitate effective early intervention and the provision of comprehensive services, including mental health and planning and administration. screening and treatment and substance abuse testing and treatment to juvenile offenders; and Purpose Area 16 - hiring detention and corrections personnel, and establishing and maintaining training programs for such personnel, to improve facility practices and programming.