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Juvenile Accountability Block Grants Program: 2006/2007 Report to Congress

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Date Published
January 2009
32 pages
This Juvenile Accountability Block Grants (JABG) Program Report to Congress for fiscal years 2006 and 2007 presents an analysis of the performance measurement data; outlines the factors that influence the collection of JABG data; and reports on accomplishments at the local level, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's (OJJDP's) training and technical assistance efforts in support of the JABG program, results from the Tribal Juvenile Accountability Discretionary Grants Program, and OJJDP's planned enhancements to the JABG program.
Since 1998, OJJDP has helped States and communities implement accountability-based programs through the JABG program. This program awards Federal block grants to the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and the 5 territories in order to encourage the implementation of accountability-based programs and services, so as to strengthen jurisdictions' juvenile justice systems. The term "accountability" means to hold a juvenile accountability for violating the law by imposing consequences or sanctions that are proportionate to the offense. In 2003, OJJDP introduced a series of JABG performance measures in order to better determine how well local accountability-based programs were meeting their goals. Results from the third and fourth collections of JABG data indicate that more States are now submitting performance-measurement data for reporting cycles. The data show that grantees are using their JABG funds to make a difference in the outcomes that OJJDP and the Office of Justice Programs deem important. Over time, local jurisdictions, States, and OJJDP will use what is learned from these data to improve outcome management, resource allocation, strategic planning, and decisionmaking. 11 exhibits and 2 references

Date Published: January 1, 2009