Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $534,103)
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 Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) will continue to pass through ninety five percent of the JABG grant to local units of government. On an annual basis PCCD issues a funding announcement to these jurisdictions that allows them to submit their ideas as to the type of programming that will be implemented to support their juvenile justice priorities. In the funding announcement, PCCD stipulates that the programming must be consistent with one or more of the purpose areas and the documentation of the program description reflect the five priority areas identified in the OJJDP FY 2013 Juvenile Accountability Block Grants Program. More specifically, individual agencies are required to describe the problem the program will address, the program's overall goal, a description of how the program will accomplish its goals, the activities and services planned, and the manner in which they will collect and provide data to PCCD consistent with the mandatory performance measures and their proposed operating budget. NCA/NCF