Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $2,595,247)
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). 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 Texas JABG Program as administered by the Office of the Governor's Criminal Justice Division (CJD) promotes structured treatment and reduces recidivism by funding juvenile drug courts and programs designed to hold juvenile offenders accountable. The State will retain 20% of its award for discretionary projects and 5% for administrative costs. State-retained dollars will be used to increase the capacity of drug courts to provide treatment and accountability options for substance abusing offenders. The remaining 75% in funding will be passed through to eligible units of local government for the purpose of implementing accountability-based programs. The CJD contracts with the Public Policy Research Institute (PPRI) at Texas A&M University to maintain an online performance reporting environment. PPRI also assists grantees with reporting on the required JABG performance measures and works with CJD to prepare and submit required federal performance reports through the DCTAT system.