Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $236,464)
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 Accountability Block Grant Program (JABG) in the State of Oklahoma exists for the purpose of addressing the state's priority juvenile justice accountability needs, as identified through statistical data. The waiver of pass-through requirement is based upon demonstrated juvenile justice expenditures, at the state level, of 83%. The State Advisory Board approves Purpose Areas for funding of local units of government, to implement evidenced-based programming, with the intent to reduce re-offense rates. Purpose Areas funded for statewide and local units of government use are: 1. Local Graduated Sanctions Programs, 6. Training Court Personnel in Evidenced Based Practices, and 12. Risk and Needs Assessments for Effective Treatment of all Adjudicated Youth. The objectives and goals of the JABG are to increase number of youth served by graduated sanctions approach, reduce recidivism, and increase use of assessments and number of court personnel trained to use evidenced based practices. Data to measure progress towards these goals will be gathered via quarterly reports required of grantees, the statewide juvenile online tracking system and annual reporting data gathered for submission into the federal DCTAT reporting tool. NCA/NCF