The Juvenile Accountability Block Grants (JABG) program is administered by the State and Tribal Assistance Division of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Through the JABG program, funds are provided as block grants to states for programs promoting greater accountability in the juvenile justice system. Local and tribal governments can then apply to the states for funds to support local accountability programs.
At the local level, the Juvenile Crime Enforcement Coalition (JCEC) governs JABG funds. For more information on the JCEC Committee click on the link.
The J.A.B.G funds have been used in Delaware to create a statewide fully integrated Juvenile Drug Court. JABG funds have been used to decrease the amount of time from indictment to disposition of juveniles processed in Delaware’s Superior Court. JABG funds have been used for the creation of a specialized juvenile probation unit providing supervisory services for serious juvenile offenders. Mental health services have been provided to serious juvenile offenders via the JABG funds. Juvenile diversion programs have been designed and instituted through the use of JABG funding. JABG funds have been used to establish a transitional housing unit for serious juvenile offenders that are transitioning back into the community following secure custody. JABG funds have also been used to fund a host of other programs and projects not mentioned here.