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16.523 Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grants

FEDERAL AGENCY:

OFFICE OF JUVENILE JUSTICE AND DELINQUENCY PREVENTION, OFFICE OF JUSTICE PROGRAMS, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

AUTHORIZATION:

Public Law 106-553.
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To provide States and units of local government with funds to develop programs to promote greater accountability in the juvenile justice system. To survey the field and identify projects that would benefit from research, demonstration, and evaluation in the 12 purpose areas identified in the JAIBG Program. To provide training and technical assistance to States and units of local government so they may develop programs outlined in the 12 program areas to promote greater accountability in the juvenile justice system.

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Formula Grants.
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Project Grants.
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:

A total of $249,450,000 has been appropriated in FY 2000 to be used as follows: Formula grant funds in the amount of $231,273,500 will be available for use in the following areas: building, expanding, renovating or operating temporary or permanent juvenile correction or detention facilities, including training for correctional personnel; developing and administering accountability-based sanctions for juvenile offenders; hiring additional juvenile judges, probation officers, and court-appointed defenders, and funding pretrial services for juveniles, to ensure the smooth and expeditious administration of the juvenile justice system; hiring additional prosecutors so that more cases involving violent juvenile offenders can be prosecuted and backlogs can be reduced; providing funding to enable prosecutors to address drug, gang, and youth violence problems more effectively; providing funding for technology, equipment and training to assist prosecutors in identifying and expediting the prosecution of violent juvenile offenders; providing funding to enable juvenile courts and juvenile probation offices to be more effective and efficient in holding juvenile offenders accountable and reducing recidivism; the establishment of court-based juvenile justice programs that target young firearms offenders through the establishment of juvenile gun courts for the adjudication and prosecution of juvenile firearms offenders; the establishment of drug court programs for juveniles so as to provide continuing judicial supervision over juvenile offenders with substance abuse problems and to provide the integrated administration of other sanctions and services; establishing and maintaining interagency information-sharing programs that enable the juvenile and criminal justice systems, schools, and social services agencies to make more informed decisions regarding the early identification, control supervision and treatment of juveniles who repeatedly commit serious delinquent or criminal acts; establishing and maintaining accountability-based programs that work with juvenile offenders who are referred by law enforcement agencies, to protect students and school personnel from drug, gang, and youth violence; implementing a policy of controlled substance testing for appropriate categories of juveniles within the juvenile justice system. Funds in the amount of $7,312,380 are available to support research, evaluation, and demonstration projects consistent with this program. Input will be solicited from the States to determine which of the 12 areas are most important and where the greatest needs are. This information will guide and provide insight for research, evaluation, and demonstration activities under this program. OJJDP is collaborating with other OJP bureaus concerning the implementation of the Research and Evaluation Program. Training and technical assistance funds, in the amount of $4,874,920, are available to support the 12 program areas targeted by the JAIBG Program.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:   Each State and territory (except Palau) is eligible to receive an allocation and award of funds for State and units of local government if the Governor certifies, consistent with guidelines established by the Attorney General, in consultation with Congress, that the State or territory is actively considering, or will consider within 1 year from the date of such certification, legislation, policies, or practices which, if enacted, would qualify the State or territory for a grant. The areas of certification are (1) Prosecution of Juveniles as Adults; (2) Graduated Sanctions; (3) Juvenile Record keeping; and (4) Parental Supervision. Public or private agencies, organizations, or individuals are eligible to apply for discretionary, and training and technical assistance funds.

Beneficiary Eligibility:   All States and territories are eligible to receive an allocation and award of funds for State and units of local government. Funds are available to public and private agencies, organizations, or individuals to apply for discretionary and training and technical assistance funds.

Credentials/Documentation:   Each applicant must submit a completed application, including signed assurances that it will comply with statutory and administrative requirements. The applicant is also required to submit a Governor certification, consistent with guidelines established by the Attorney General, in consultation with Congress, that the State is actively considering, or will consider within 1 year from the date of such certification, legislation, policies, or practices which, if enacted, would qualify the State for the grant. For Research and Evaluation grants, costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments.

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APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Pre-application Coordination:   This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. E.O. 12372 requires applicants from State and local units of government or other organizations providing services within a State to submit a copy of the application to the State Single Points of Contact (SPOC), if one exists. Research and evaluation grants are excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure:   Applicants must submit completed scannable application forms and other information outlined in the Application Kit to the Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. The receipt, review, and analysis of applications will follow Office of Justice Programs policies and procedures for the administration of grant applications. The Research, Evaluation and Demonstration Program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110 and the Common Rule.

Award Procedure:   A letter with copies of the grant award are sent to the applicant agency upon approval by the Office of Justice Programs. One copy of the grant award must be signed by the authorized official and returned to the Office of Justice Programs. Local units of government will receive JAIBG funds through the applicant agency subgrant award process. Each State and territory that receives monies under the JAIBG program must establish an interest-bearing trust fund to deposit program funds. Each State and territory (recipient) or unit of local government (subrecipient) that receives program funds must establish a coordinated enforcement plan for reducing juvenile crime, developed by a Juvenile Crime Enforcement Coalition.

Deadlines:   Consult the Application Kit or contact the State and Tribal Assistance Division (202) 307-5924 (Formula Grants), the Research and Program Development Division (202) 307-5929 (Discretionary Grants), or the Training and Technical Assistance Division (202) 307-5940 (Discretionary Grants), the Special Emphasis Division (202) 307-5914 (Discretionary Grants), all of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs for application deadlines.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:   Formula grant applications will generally be approved within 30 to 45 days of receipt of a complete application. Discretionary grant applications generally take 2 to 4 months.

Appeals:   Hearing and appeal procedures will follow 28 CFR, Part 18, of the Department of Justice Regulations.

Renewals:   Renewals are subject to appropriations.

ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

Formula and Matching Requirements:   Public Law 106-553 allocates 0.5 percent of the appropriated amount for each State and territory and of the total funds remaining, allocates to each State an amount that bears the same ratio as the population of people under the age of 18 living in each State for the most recent calendar year in which the data is available. The Program requires a cash match of 10 percent of total program costs; Federal funds may not exceed 90 percent of total program costs. (Each State and territory that receives money under the JAIBG program must establish an interest-bearing trust fund to deposit program funds.) Interest derived from the award does not have to be matched, but interest generated from the trust fund cannot be used to match the Federal award. Matching contributions need not be applied at the exact time or in proportion to the obligation of Federal funds. However, the full match amount must be obligated by the end of the 24 month project period. For discretionary grants, no match is required.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:   Formula grant awards are made for 24 months; discretionary grants are generally for 1 to 3 years.

POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports:   Quarterly financial and semiannual progress reports are required.

Audits:   All organizations that expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more in any fiscal year must have a single audit for that year in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-133, as described in OJP's Financial Guide, Chapter 19. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133, (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that Expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for the year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.

Records:   In accordance with the requirement set forth in 28 CFR, Parts 66 and 70, grantees must maintain all financial reports and other supporting documents pertinent to the award for at least 3 years following the close of the most recent audit.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION:

Account Identification:   15-0404-0-1-754.

Obligations:   (Grants) FY 01 $250,585,240; FY 02 est $255,661,959; and FY 03 est $215,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:  
Public Law 107-273 allocates 0.5 percent of the appropriated amount for each State and territory and of the total funds remaining, allocates to each State an amount that bears the same ratio as the population of people under the age of 18 living in each State for the most recent calendar year in which the data is available.

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PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
The Training and Technical Assistance Division has the responsibility for administering training and technical assistance projects to support States and units of local government. In fiscal year 2000, 15 awards were made for a total of approximately 5,000,000. In fiscal year 2000, an award was made to a National Technical Assistance provider, Development Services Group, and an "Alliance" was formed with the other 14 grantees to assure coordinated delivery of technical assistance to States and units of local government. The Research and Program Development Division awarded three programs under these funds: (1) Assessment of Space Needs in Juvenile Detention and Corrections; (2) Survey in Residential Placement; and (3) the Evaluation of Community Assessment Centers. State Block grant awards, coordinated through the State Relations and Assistance Division (SRAD) for fiscal year 2000 have been processed. SRAD is working with the Designated State Agencies (DSAs) to help assure the timely award of allocations to Units of local government, and where appropriate approve waiver requests to retain a percentage of funds at the State level equal to the State's level of primary financial burden for the administration of juvenile justice within the twelve program purpose areas. The Research and Program Development Division made one award using these funds: Age, Crime and Sanction: The Effect of Juvenile Versus Criminal Court Jurisdiction on Age-Specific Crime Rates of Adolescent Offenders.

REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:

OJP Financial Guide.

INFORMATION CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:   None.

Headquarters Office:   Jennifer Yeh U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention 810 7th Street, N.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20531 Phone: (202) 616-9135

Web Site Address:  
https://ojp.gov/

EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:

The Training and Technical Assistance Division has the responsibility for administering training and technical assistance projects to support States and units of local government in addressing the twelve program purpose areas. In fiscal year 2000, 15 awards were made, for a total of $5,000,000. In fiscal year 2000, an award for the JAIBG National Technical Assistance provider, Development Services Group, was made and an "Alliance" was formed with the National Technical Assistance provider and the 14 other grantees.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:

Criteria is established by the Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grants (JAIBG) Guidance Manual for FY 2000 as established by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

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