Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $1,293,577)
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.
Illinois must carefully prioritize and coordinate all the resources directed toward serving the state's juvenile justice population. The Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission's(IJJC)FY 2011 JABG application compliments the state's three year plan and is focused on maximizing available resources to reduce recidivism and improve youth outcomes. To accomplish these goals, the IJJC will fund state rograms focused on purpose areas 6,10,11,12, and 14. The appropriate output and outcome measures for each purpose areas are identified and data will be collected and reported by subgrantees.