Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $225,849)
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.
Oregon Department of Education, Youth Development Division plans to pass-through 95 percent of the JABG funds to eligible units of local government to support the following purpose areas: (11)establishing and maintaining accountability-based programs designed to reduce recidivism among juveniles who are referred by law enforcement personnel or agencies; and,(15) establishing and maintaining juvenile courts and juvenile probation officers to be more effective and efficient in holding juvenile offenders accountable and reducing recidivism. The Youth Development Council (YDC) anticipates that eligible jurisdictions will request funds to sustain many of the same ongoing initiatives, and it is open to considering all reasonable grant requests that fall within the 17 JABG purpose areas defined by OJJDP and align with the goals and strategic plan of the YDC.