Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $1,152,773)
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.
Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) will continue to pass-through ninety five percent (95%) of its JABG grant funds to units of local government. Local jurisdictions programming must be consistent with one or more of the 17 purpose areas to reduce juvenile offending and strengthen the juvenile justice system. More specifically, individual agencies are required to describe the problem the program will address, the program's overall goal, a description of how the program will accomplish its goals, the activities and services planned, and the manner in which they will collect and provide data to PCCD, consistent with the mandatory performance measures and their proposed operating budget. Each agency is required to report the mandated process and intermediate outcome data quarterly through PCCD's electronic grant management system.