Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $339,449)
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 Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice consistently promotes accountability of juvenile offenders through executing offender-focused and system-focused activity. The Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice will continue to pass through at least 75% of its allocation to units of local government. Six units of local government currently receive a total of four awards. Hall County receives $11,110 and addresses Purpose Area #1 Graduated Sanctions. Lancaster County/City of Lincoln receives $78,703 and addresses Purpose Areas #3 Court Staffing and Pretrial Services, #4 Hiring Prosecutors, #8 Juvenile Drug Courts, and #15 Juvenile Courts and Probation. Sarpy County receives $17,353 and addresses Purpose Areas #1 Graduated Sanctions, #8 Juvenile Drug Courts, and #11 Accountability. Douglas County/City of Omaha receives $118,886 and addresses Purpose Area #10 Information Sharing and #12 Risk and Needs Assessment. It is anticipated the the state retained dollars will support Purpose Area #10 Information Sharing and #11 Accountability. All applicants will measure progress toward goals and objectives through providing the Crime Commission with quarterly Grant Activity Summary reports, which include a narrative and Federal performance measure outputs and outcomes.