Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $312,000)
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 Alaska Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) has proposed to use its FY2010 JABG funding for the following: Purpose Area 1 - Graduated Responses: Funds will be allocated for research, training and staff support to enhance the State's electronic monitoring program. Purpose Area 14 - Restorative Justice: Funds will be allocated to support victim services, restitution collection, restorative justice training, and technical support to meet the goal of improving its juvenile justice system and reducing recidivism. Purpose Area 9 - Maintaining a system of juvenile records designated to promote public safety: Funds will be allocated to programming to continue development of the Juvenile Offender Management Information System (JOMIS) to provide more automated functionality and meet new data reporting needs. The State of Alaska is a 100% waiver State and has requested that it be exempted from pass-through requirements.