Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $129,449)
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.
New Hampshire has incorporated restorative justice practices and programming as part of the Program Improvement Plan (PIP), and will ensure that each domain of the agency: child protection, field services (probation and parole), and the Sununu Youth Services Center (SYSC) policies and practices include the restorative justice model. The SYSC will be the foundation for the restorative justice model, followed by both child protection and field services. Funds will also be used for restorative justice training across the agency. New Hampshire will also partner with FedCap, created in 1935 to help people with barriers obtain gainful employment and be productive workers. FedCap will connect at-risk and juvenile justice involved youth to employers. On-campus programming such as hiking, a radio station and newspaper will be developed to enhance services that provide real life employability skills for youth and will offer a venue for youth to complete community service work in lieu of restitution. NCA/NCF