Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $486,877)
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 Oregon is administered by the Oregon Commission on Children and Families (OCCF). The State of Oregon retains 25% of JABG funds and passes through 75% to units of local government. OCCF intends to sub-grant 90% of the total JABG award to eligible units of local government and anticipates that they will sustain many of the on-going initiatives and continue to invest their grant funds in purpose areas 11 and 15, which support the establishment and maintenance of accountability-based programs designed to reduce recidivism among juveniles who are referred by law enforcement personnel or agencies, as well as the establishment and maintenance of programs to enable juvenile courts and juvenile probation officers to be more effective and efficient in holding juvenile offenders accountable. However, OCCF is open to considering all reasonable grant requests that fall within the 17 JABG purpose areas. OCCF will collect and report all necessary performance measures to OJJDP.