Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $314,088)
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.
Missouri's Department of Public Safety plans to use five percent of the 2013 JABG funds for administrative purposes, seventy-five percent of the funds will be awarded to units of local government as pass-through funds, and the remaining twenty percent will be distributed on a competitive bid bases for state wide programs including training for law enforcement and court personnel; and for information sharing programs. Funds for local agencies will be used for the following purpose areas: (2) facilities; (11) accountability based programs; (12) Risk/Needs Assessments; (15) court/probation programs; and (17) Reentry Programs. In addition, Missouri plans to use FY 2013 JABG funds to continue supporting the Missouri's School Violence Hotline and the on-going training for law enforcement and juvenile court personnel. NCA/NCF