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NCJ Number: NCJ 210116     Find in a Library
Title: Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grants: Assessing Initial Implementation
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  Dataset URL: DATASET 1
Author(s): Dale G. Parent ; Liz Barnett
Corporate Author: Abt Associates, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 12/2005
Page Count: 9
  Annotation: This process evaluation of the implementation of the Federal Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grant (JAIBG) program assessed how the block grant funds were spent and how States and localities complied with the policy objectives envisioned by Congress.
Abstract: Congress created JAIBG in 1997 to encourage States and localities to strengthen the prosecution and adjudication of juvenile offenders, particularly those convicted of serious, violent crime. The legislation specified the following policy goals: Increase the use of graduated sanctions; encourage the prosecution of serious juvenile offenders as adults; make adult/juvenile criminal records systems comparable; establish appropriate juvenile drug-testing policies; and promote parental responsibility. All 56 States and Territories received JAIBG funding. Evaluators found that 45 of the 56 jurisdictions increased the use of graduated sanctions; and 42 reported that their policies encouraged the prosecution of serious juvenile offenders as adults. At the conclusion of the evaluation, most States had not met the objective of making adult and juvenile criminal records systems comparable. Evaluators advise, however, that developing comparable record systems is necessarily a lengthy process. States and localities awarded more than 13 percent of their JAIBG funds to juvenile justice information systems. Regarding the objective of establishing appropriate juvenile drug-testing policies, the evaluation found that 43 States had such policies at the program's inception; and by the January 1999 deadline, all States had achieved this objective. Regarding the objective of promoting parental responsibility for juvenile supervision, all States have permitted judges to hold parents accountable for their delinquent children. The evaluation's recommendations are to expand regional coalitions where feasible, extend the deadline for spending grant funds, and institute performance measurement. 1 exhibit
Main Term(s): Juvenile justice policies
Index Term(s): Grants or contracts ; Juvenile court waiver ; Juvenile sentencing ; Serious juvenile offenders ; Federal legislation ; NIJ grant-related documents
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 1999-JR-VX-0001;1999-JR-VX-K006
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: NIJ Research for Policy
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