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State Awards $1,521,578 for Juvenile Accountability Programs

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Posted on June 24, 2011

GOCCP: Goal is to Reduce Recidivism and Return Youthful Offenders to Their Communities

BALTIMORE (June 24, 2011) -- The Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP) on Thursday announced that 24 law enforcement and social service agencies have received a total of $1,521,578 under the federal Juvenile Accountability Block Grant (JABG) Program. Of that amount, only $33,361 is slated for southern Maryland; Charles County government will receive that amount for their drug and teen court program.

According to the GOCCP, the program is designed to support activities in Maryland that promote accountability among juveniles for their acts. Funds are also used to conduct risk and needs assessments to address questions of public safety and the return of juvenile offenders from custody into the community. JABG funds focus on crime prevention, and early intervention.

GOCCP has identified the following areas as priorities in 2011:

-- Establishing, improving, and coordinating systems and programs before and after their release to help juvenile offenders succeed in their return from state and local custody into the community.

-- Establishing and maintaining programs to conduct risk and needs assessments that facilitate effective early interventions and the provision of comprehensive services. These would include mental health screening and treatment and substance abuse testing and treatment.

-- Establishing and maintaining accountability-based programs that are designed to reduce recidivism among juveniles who are referred by law enforcement personnel or agencies.

According to the GOCCP, JABG funds can be used for a wide variety of activities, ranging from family counseling and job training to appropriate sanctions for youthful offenders, depending on the offense they have committed. They are all designed to stress accountability and reduce the chances a youth will offend again, so that the youth realize they must be accountable for their actions.

A list of the award recipients and amounts follows:

(APPLICANT NAME; PROJECT TITLE; COUNTY; AWARD AMOUNT)

Robert A. Pascal Youth and Family Services, Inc.; "Go Girls!" - Adolescent Girls Empowerment and Anger Management Program; Anne Arundel; $58,860

MD Department of Juvenile Services; Community Detention Enhancement Project - Phase II; Baltimore City; 43,725

Baltimore City Health Department; Operation Safe Kids Court; Baltimore City; 50,000

Living Classroom Foundation; Fresh Start Intensive Wrap-Around Services; Baltimore City; 68,699

Community Conferencing Center; Community Conferencing Diversion for Young Offenders in Baltimore City; Baltimore City; 81,120

MD Department of Juvenile Services; The Pre-Adjudicated Coordination and Training (PACT) Evening Reporting Center Girls Expansion; Baltimore City; 88,031

Baltimore County, Maryland; Respondent Notification Caller Project; Baltimore County; 31,039

Conflict Resolution Center of Baltimore County, Inc.; Baltimore County Community Conferencing- Service Alignment Project; Baltimore County; 55,682

Good Shepherd Center; Occupational Preparation and Transition Age Youth (OPTAY) Program; Baltimore County; 82,000

Baltimore County, Maryland; Baltimore County Juvenile Drug Court; Baltimore County; 131,965

Carroll County Board of County Commissioners; Adventure Diversion Program; Carroll; 55,000

Cecil County Board of County Commissioners; Neighborhood Youth Panel Program Town of Port Deposit; Cecil; 12,819

Cecil County Board of County Commissioners; Neighborhood Youth Panel Program Town of Elkton/Town of North East; Cecil; 32,945

Project Crossroad; Advance; Cecil; 47,630

Charles County Government; Charles County Drug and Teen Court Program ; Charles; 12,361

Charles County Government; Charles County Juvenile Drug Court Program; Charles; 21,000

Community Alternative Mediation, Inc. dba CALM; Restorative Conflict Resolutions for at-risk youth and families; Frederick; 36,960

Garrett County Partnership for Children & Families, Inc.; Garrett County Juvenile Review Board; Garrett; 14,729

Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County, Inc.; Community Conferencing Initiative; Montgomery; 64,950

Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth & Families; Targeted Intervention and Prevention Program for at-risk youth (TIPP); Montgomery; 144,000

Mount Rainier Police Department; Mount Rainier Streetcorps; Prince George's; 50,630

City of District Heights; Children In Need of Supervision (CINS) Program; Prince George's; 150,000

Queen Anne's County Community Partnerships for Children and Families; CASASTART Intervention Project - JABG - Queen Anne's County; Queen Anne's; 75,449

Somerset County Local Management Board; "K" is for College; Somerset; 111,984

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