Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $93,428)
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 et. seq.). 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 waiver level amount to units of local governments is not applicable since the matching fund requirement does not apply to U.S. territories. The Department of Youth Affairs proposes to utilize Purpose Areas 8 and 12. Purpose Area 8, through the Judiciary of Guam's Juvenile Drug Court Tracker Program (Intensive and Non-Intensive Tracks) will continue to address substance abuse treatment and issues of juveniles on probation, including drug testing and strict monitoring to reduce substance abuse and delinquent behaviors. Purpose Area 12 will continue to support risk and needs assessments for youth in the Youth Correctional Facility (YCF) and the Cottage Homes, as well as the Jumpstart (family reunification) and Aftercare (community reintegration) Programs. Clinicians will provide all necessary and appropriate assessments and assist in applying immediate sanctions to carefully match each youth's level of risk and service needs. The goal is to reduce recidivism into the YCF and Cottage Homes by five percent (5 %) during the project period. DYA will manage all of the activities and measure progress through daily admissions, monthly statistical and other reports. NCA/NCF