General Overview

The JABG program awards grants to states to address the growing problem of juvenile crime by encouraging accountability-based reform at the state and local levels.

Purpose Areas:

  1. Graduated sanctions: Developing, implementing, and administering graduated sanctions for juvenile offenders
  2. Corrections/detention facilities: Building, expanding, renovating, or operating temporary or permanent juvenile corrections or detention facilities, including training of personnel
  3. Court staffing and pretrial services: Hiring juvenile court judges, probation officers, and court-appointed defenders and special advocates, and funding pretrial services including mental health screening and assessment) for juvenile offenders, to promote the effective and expeditious administration of the juvenile justice system
  4. Prosecutors (staffing): Hiring additional prosecutors so that more cases involving violent juvenile offenders can be prosecuted and backlogs reduced
  5. Prosecutors (funding): Providing funding to enable prosecutors to address drug, gang, and youth violence problems more effectively and for technology, equipment, and training to assist prosecutors in identifying and expediting the prosecution of violent juvenile offenders
  6. Training for law enforcement and court personnel: Establishing and maintaining training programs for law enforcement and other court personnel with respect to preventing and controlling juvenile crime
  7. Juvenile gun courts: Establishing juvenile gun courts for the prosecution and adjudication of juvenile firearms offenders
  8. Juvenile drug courts: Establishing drug court programs to provide continuing judicial supervision over juvenile offenders with substance abuse problems and to integrate administration of other sanctions and services for such offenders
  9. Juvenile records system: Establishing and maintaining a system of juvenile records designed to promote public safety
  10. Information sharing: 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
  11. Accountability: Establishing and maintaining accountability-based programs designed to reduce recidivism among juveniles who are referred by law enforcement personnel or agencies
  12. Risk and needs assessment: Establishing and maintaining programs to conduct risk and needs assessments of juvenile offenders that facilitate effective early intervention and the provision of comprehensive services, including mental health screening and treatment and substance abuse testing and treatment, to such offenders
  13. School safety: Establishing and maintaining accountability-based programs that are designed to enhance school safety
  14. Restorative justice: Establishing and maintaining restorative justice programs
  15. Juvenile courts and probation: Establishing and maintaining programs to enable juvenile courts and juvenile probation officers to be more effective and efficient in holding juvenile offenders accountable and reducing recidivism
  16. Detention/corrections personnel: Hiring detention and corrections personnel and establishing and maintaining training programs for such personnel to improve facility practices and programming.


Based on a Federal allocation. Please contact the program specialist listed below for current funding allocations.

Eligible Applicants:

JABG funding is available to local units of government only.

For more information, please contact Vicky Scott at (573) 526-2179.