"Holding youth accountable for their delinquent acts is a matter of basic justice. It is also a practical response to delinquency. By consistently applying accountability-based sanctions that take into account the developmental stage of the offender and the severity of the offense, juvenile justice systems foster individual responsibility, protect the public, and enhance our quality of life. OJJDP's [Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention] Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grants (JAIBG) program was introduced in 1998 to help states and communities strengthen their juvenile justice systems by implementing accountability-based reforms. Public Law 107--273, enacted in November 2002, renames the program, expands its 12 purpose areas, adjusts funding levels, and introduces new requirements and procedures. This Bulletin highlights the new Juvenile Accountability Block Grants (JABG) program provisions, which take effect in October 2003. It offers point-by-point comparisons with previous provisions and answers frequently asked questions. OJJDP is in the process of developing regulations to implement the JABG program. Input from states and communities is an integral part of this process. A productive partnership of stakeholders at the federal, state, and local levels will ensure that all concerned benefit from an accountability-based approach to juvenile justice." Included are changes to gang member prosecution.
National Criminal Justice Reference Service: http://www.ncjrs.gov/