Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $574,590)
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. 3796ee). 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 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 purpose of Louisiana's FY 2011 JABG project is to reduce juvenile offending through accountability-based initiatives focused on the offender and to improve the juvenile justice system. At least 75 percent of the funds will be passed through to local jurisdictions. Funds will be allocated to new projects and continuation projects that will address one or more of the 17 JABG purpose areas. The minimum size for sub grants to communities is $10,000. To be eligible, each sub recipient must use a Juvenile Crime Enforcement Coalition to develop a Coordinated Enforcement Plan for reducing juvenile crime; each must provide a cash match of 10 percent (50 percent construction project); each must submit the OJJDP performance measurements via a quarterly progress and a final progress report, which includes their short-term and intermediate outcomes, to Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement (LCLE). LCLE compiles each sub recipient's progress reports and submits the results in the Annual Performance Report to OJJDP. Along with the submission of the Annual Report, the Juvenile Justice Specialist conducts on-site monitoring visits to ensure goals and objectives are being met and to provide any needed technical assistance. Each sub recipient's performance in meeting its goals and objectives help determine future funding.