Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $429,875)
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 JABG Program for the State of Arkansas is administered by the Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Youth Services (DYS). The State of Arkansas retains 25% of JABG funds and passes through 75% to units of local government. DYS plans to utilize JABG funds to establish and maintain interagency information sharing programs that enable the juvenile justice system, schools, and social services agencies to make more informed decisions regarding the early identification, control, supervision, and treatment of serious, violent, and/or chronic juvenile offenders.