Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $276,279)
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 Maine Department of Corrections continues to bear the primary financial burden for juvenile justice services in the State. As in previous years, Maine is requesting to receive a 100% waiver of the pass through requirements to units of local government. The State has consulted with units of local government about the waiver of the pass through requirements and certifies that the conditions that existed to establish this waiver have not changed. Under Program Area 3 - Court Staffing and Pre-Trial Services, Maine will support the State and key stakeholders in becoming a Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) site with the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Under Program Area 9 - Juvenile Records system, Maine will continue to support adherence to best practice standards at Maine's two juvenile correctional facilities with Performance-based Standards. Under Program Area 11 - Accountability-based programs, Maine will support community-based diversion programs using asset development, positive youth development and restorative practices.