Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $456,869)
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 Planning Committee of the Governor's Crime Commission serves as North Carolina's State Advisory Group and Juvenile Accountability Block Grant (JABG) Advisory Board. In order to help the youth of the state, the Juvenile Justice Planning Committee plans to support teen court and vocational programs that hold juvenile offenders accountable for their actions while giving them the tools necessary for success. All programs funded with JABG funds are special-conditioned to work with court-involved youth so as to ensure that the desired program population is being served. Progress towards goals is tracked through on-site monitoring and examination of narrative and data reports that are regularly submitted through the online Grant Enterprise Management System. The Governor's Crime Commission, North Carolina's State Administering Agency, is a federal fund pass-through entity. The Governor's Crime Commission also houses a Statistical Analysis Center that partners with the Juvenile Justice Planning Committee in conducting programmatic evaluations of projects supported by the JABG program.
North Carolina requested a 92% waiver of local pass-through requirements for the JABG program for FY 2013. North Carolina's state government assumes most of the responsibility for funding the administration of the juvenile justice system, spending approximately 92% of the expenditures in each of the JABG program purpose areas. NCA/NCF