Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $536,413)
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 Kentucky bears the primary financial burden for the administration of juvenile justice within the State. Ninety-seven percent of all expenses associated with the JABG program purpose areas are directly incurred by the State. Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice administers the JABG funds for the state. Kentucky will focus on the following purpose areas: 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 9-Establishing and maintaining a system of juvenile records designed to promote public safety; 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; and Purpose Area 16-Hiring detention and corrections personnel, and establishing and maintaining training programs for such personnel, to improve facility practices and programming. Data to measure progress towards these goals will be gathered via quarterly reports required of grantees, and annual reporting data gathered for submission into the federal DCTAT reporting tool.