Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $114,519)
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 Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) continues to assume responsibility for the administration of the juvenile justice functions in the State; therefore, Alaska continues to receive a 100 percent waiver of the JABG pass-through requirement to units of local government. The DJJ with input from the Alaska Court System, DJJ Senior Managers, Department of Law, and JABG Advisory Board members developed the FY 2013 JABG application focused on the following system improvements: Purpose Area 1 - Funds will be allocated for implementing and administering graduated responses through the electronic monitoring program. Purpose Area 14 - Funds will be allocated to support victim services through collection of Court ordered restitution of juvenile cases through the Department of Law. Purpose Area 17 - Funds will be utilized to support pre and post reentry services for youth returning to communities through video conferencing for transitional services and site reviews to ensure compliance with the DJJ Transitional Services Program Policy and Procedure.
The JABG Coordinator will meet all of the federal reporting requirements by compiling data and information provided through DJJ's case management system, Department of Law, DJJ staff and the DJJ video conferencing calendar. NCA/NCF