Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $245,604)
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.
Alaska's juvenile justice system is a unified State system which is financed and managed solely by the State. Community-based juvenile programs are funded by both federal and state funds. DJJ is requesting a 100% waiver from the pass-through requirement to units of local government. JABG Advisory Board members, have prepared this FY2011 JABG application focused on the following system improvements: Purpose Area 1 - Graduated Responses - funds will be allocated for research, training and staff support, to enhance the State's electronic monitoring program and to support increased accountability of youth through improved communication tools for JPOs and facility staff; and Purpose Area 14 - Restorative Justice - funds will be allocated to support victim services, restitution collection, restorative justice training and technical support to meet our goal of improving the juvenile services for youth returning to their communities through video conferencing and by supporting annual meetings for transitional services and education staff. All performance measures will be measured by data provided to the JABG Coordinator based on the federal reporting requirements.