Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $127,585)
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 OJJDP FY 2013 Juvenile Accountability Block Grant Program in the State of Arkansas is administered by Arkansas Department of Human Services. The State of Arkansas passes through the required 75% of the federal award to Units of Local Government. Pass-Through funds are used to provide direct and indirect services to youth who have been before the juvenile court. The goals and objectives of funding are to reduce juvenile offending through accountability-based initiatives focused on the offender and to improve the juvenile justice system. Funds will be allocated to new projects and continuation projects that will address juvenile justice systems improvement. NCA/NCF