Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $978,744)
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 North Carolina bears the primary financial burden for the administration of juvenile justice within the State. Ninety-two percent of all expenses associated with the JABG program purpose areas are incurred by the North Carolina's Department of Crime Control and Public Safety (DCCPS). North Carolina will focus on the following purpose areas: Purpose Area 11-Establishing and maintaining accountability based programs; Purpose Area 14 - establishing and maintaining restorative justice programs; 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. DCCPS will measure the progress of the JABG Sub-grant programs through the use of the Data Collection and Technical Assistance Tool (DCTAT), quarterly progress reports, and annual monitoring.