Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $3,484,259)
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 Corrections Standards Authority (CSA) administers the Juvenile Accountability Block Grant (JABG) Program at the state level for California. Seventy-five percent of the state's total allocation is passed through to forty local units of government in the form of a direct allocation as determined by Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). The remaining twenty-five percent is retained by the state and used at the state's discretion with direction from the State Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (SACJJDP). Entities funded through CSA with JABG dollars are required to direct their JABG funds toward one or more of seventeen federally determined program purpose areas. Based on an assessment of the state's needs and gaps in service, California's SACJJDP has further refined criteria for the seventeen program purpose areas by aligning them with a priority focus on evidence based practices, restorative justice, holistic approaches to offender counsel, alternatives to detention, and disproportionate minority contact. All sub grantees submit quarterly progress reports to CSA utilizing the federal performance matrix to report data on the program purpose areas for both short term and intermediate outcomes.