Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $428,119)
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 Kansas Juvenile Justice Authority is requesting to waive the 75% local pass through requirement in the 2011 JABG application as the State bears 74% of the financial burden for the administration of juvenile justice services. Only 3 units of local government meet the $10,000 threshold for a direct award for a total of $59,227: Johnson County, Sedgwick County, and the City of Wichita. The purpose areas will be selected by the local units of government in State Fiscal Year 2013. The purpose areas and projects funded at the State level include: Juvenile Records (9) in which $61,881 is budgeted to pay for a Research Analyst; Accountability- based programs (11) in which $17,000 is budgeted to pay the annual dues of the Interstate Compact for Juveniles; Risk and Needs Assessment (12) in which $5,200 is budgeted to purchase 4,000 assessment instruments of Youthful Level of Service/Case Management Inventory (YLS/CMI), and $52,000 is budgeted to support Sedgwick County Court Services efforts to use the YLS/CMI tool to assist judges in determining the risk to reoffend in making disposition decisions; and Detention and Corrections Personnel Training (16) in which $17,000 is budgeted for Performance Based Standards (PbS) in subscription fees for 3 Juvenile Correctional Facilities and $216,136 is budgeted for Community Based Standards (CbS) including $159,000 in subscription fees for 27 community residential facilities and $57,136 for a CbS State Coordinator to manage both the PbS and CbS programs. Local units of government will be required to report quarterly on mandatory JABG performance measures and annually from April 1 to March 30. Statewide projects are required to report on performance measures on an annual basis.