Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $263,199)
Iowa's JABG Plan for FY 2012 includes a request for a waiver of the 75% pass-through requirement to units of local government, based on the state's financial burden for juvenile justice, which is demonstrated to be 79% for the administration of juvenile justice. No unit of local government in Iowa qualifies for a direct allocation. Iowa's JABG Plan for FY 2012 has been developed with input from the chief juvenile court officers, the Department of Human Services, Iowa League of Cities, the Iowa State Association of Counties, the Juvenile Justice Advisory Council (SAC), and the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning Advisory Council. Iowa's JABG plan includes four priority areas:
- Allocation to communities through local juvenile court services offices;
- Disproportionate Minority Contact/School to Court;
- Preparing Juvenile Offenders for Adulthood/Positive Youth Development: Research and trainings for juvenile court staff and other youth workers with tools to provide positive opportunities for youth in the juvenile the justice system to be able to transition successfully to adulthood: and
- Juvenile Justice Evaluation and Research/Assist juvenile courts in data collection and data analysis on juvenile offenders and their families.
The state's plan promotes accountability through offender-focused sanctions specific to the needs of local communities, and through system-focused sanctions specific to the needs of local communities, and through system focused activities that address best practices in juvenile justice.