Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $502,993)
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 State of Oklahoma bears the primary financial burden for the administration of juvenile justice with eighty-nine percent of all expenses associated with the JABG program purpose areas. The Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs administers the JABG funds for the State. Oklahoma will focus on the following purpose areas: Purpose Area 1-Developing, implementing, and administering graduated sanctions for juvenile offenders; Purpose Area 6-Establishing and maintaining training programs for law enforcement and other court personnel with respect to preventing and controlling juvenile crime; Purpose Area 11-Establishing and maintaining accountability based programs; Purpose Area 12-Establishing and maintaining programs to conduct risk and needs assessments of juvenile offenders; Purpose Area 13- Establishing and maintaining accountability-based programs that are designed to enhance school safety; and Purpose Area 17- Establishing, improving, and coordinating pre-release and post-release systems and programs to facilitate the successful re-entry of juvenile offenders from state and local custody in the community. The objectives and goals of Oklahoma's JABG program are to increase the number of youth served by a graduated sanctions approach, reduce recidivism, increase the use of assessments, and the number of court personnel trained. Data to measure progress towards these goals will be gathered via quarterly reports required of grantees, Oklahoma's statewide Juvenile Online Tracking System and annual reporting data gathered for submission into the DCTAT reporting tool.