Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $943,700)
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 Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) is the agency designated by the Governor to receive FY 2010 Juvenile Accountability Block Grant (JABG) funding for the State of Indiana. Indiana retains 25% of the JABG funding and passes through 75% to units of local government. ICJI will utilize this funding to support programs at the State and local levels that focus on accountability and development of graduated sanctions projects, risk and needs assessments for juveniles and their families that suffer from substance abuse and mental health issues, and the development of information-sharing systems that will allow for access to treatment and information-sharing among service providers that are likely to serve the same youth and their families.