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NCJ Number: 221284 Find in a Library
Title: Evaluation of the Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grant Program in Pennsylvania
Author(s): Patrick Griffin
Corporate Author: National Ctr for Juvenile Justice
United States of America
Date Published: September 2001
Page Count: 58
Sponsoring Agency: National Ctr for Juvenile Justice
Pittsburgh, PA 15203-2363
Pennsylvania Cmssn on Crime and Delinquency
Harrisburg, PA 17108-1167
Grant Number: 1998/1999-ST/DS-01/19-9494
Sale Source: National Ctr for Juvenile Justice
3700 South Water Street, Suite 200
Pittsburgh, PA 15203-2363
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Results are described of an evaluation of the Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grant (JAIBG) Program in Pennsylvania.
Abstract: The JAIBG Program in Pennsylvania has proved to be a popular, ably administered, and broadly beneficial program, funding countless small scale improvements and worthwhile experiments at the local level, and promoting juvenile accountability. Officials from most local jurisdictions that received JAIBG funds expressed strong positive views of the program, affirming that it had enhanced their communities’ ability to hold juveniles accountable. However, a significant minority, particularly in small counties, complained that JAIBG had done little to help them overcome their number one challenge, which is the lack of funding to attract and retain high-quality staff over time. In 2000, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency contracted with the National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ) to conduct an evaluation of the JAIBG Program. JAIBG is intended to encourage State and local juvenile justice systems to hold delinquent youth accountable for their offenses. The study was designed to assess the administration of the JAIBG Program in Pennsylvania, to document the implementation of local JAIBG-funded initiatives there, and to gather practitioner and policymaker perceptions concerning the program. Specifically, a review and analysis of JAIBG subgrant applications from local units of government, a telephone survey of officials in local jurisdictions receiving JAIBG funding, and a series of site visits to counties receiving JAIBG funds were conducted. Appendixes A-C
Main Term(s): Accountability
Index Term(s): Criminal responsibility; Federal aid; Federal legislation; Grants or contracts; Juvenile crime control; Juvenile delinquency prevention programs; Juvenile offenders; Pennsylvania; State government
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