States' Progress in Implementing the Federal Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grants (JAIBG) Program

Marcia Cohen, Development Services Group, Inc.
Alan Bekelman, Development Services Group, Inc.

The Federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), administers the Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grants (JAIBG) program, the largest block grant program of its kind. Created 4 years ago to promote greater accountability in the juvenile justice system, JAIBG funds are used by states and localities to develop and administer accountability-based sanctions for juvenile offenders, including aftercare programs, drug and youth courts, gender-specific programming, training detention workers, and developing immediate and intermediate sanctions. Though the implementation process varies widely state-by-state, trends on the types of programs funded, regional and city/county collaborations, and other information show the direction that the overall movement towards accountability has taken as a result of this Federal initiative. This paper reports on findings after four years of implementation, selected best practices, and reviews aspects of the implementation process as it is articulated between Federal, state and local levels.

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Updated 05/20/2006