Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $292,137)
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 Juvenile Justice Advisory Council (JJAC) of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety has determined that the State will focus its FY 2013 JABG efforts on two JABG Purpose Areas (PA): PA 6 - Training Programs for Law Enforcement Information obtained in these trainings will be used to create a set of strategies for Law Enforcement officers to address DMC issues. PA 11 - Accountability, for which the JJAC Youth Caucus and other identified youth groups, will continue to work to address DMC within their communities. JJAC will also assist law enforcement to educate at risk youth on the collateral consequences of their delinquent behavior. Minnesota passes through 75% of their JABG funds to units of local government. NCA/NCF