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DESCRIPTION OF TERMS AND FORMULAS FOR JABG

The allocation data presented are based on a computation using the available Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) and Census Bureau data. These sets of data are not complete; only one set of data may be available for some localities. In addition, many states may have more detailed or complete data available. These states are welcome to use their own data or provide the data to JRSA if they can show that it is more accurate. For additional information on calculating the allocation formula, refer to Calculating the Local Allocation Formula. To view a listing of state localities showing only the amount of money allocated without the formulas, see the Listing of Localities and Allocations worksheets, available for downloading on every state page.

An explanation of columns presented in the JABG Formula Calculations worksheet:

  • TOTAL ALLOCATION -- This is the total allocation for each state based on the population of people under the age of 18 living in each state for the most recent calendar year in which the data are available. This is determined by OJJDP.
  • PASSED THROUGH %-- The percent passed through is the amount to be dispersed to the localities. This locality percent is set at 75%, the minimum pass-through percentage specified by Congress. States may, however, submit a waiver if the state level bears more than 25% of the financial burden for the administration of juvenile justice within that state. States that receive a waiver may enter an alternative percentage, hit enter, and the worksheet will recalculate based on this new percentage. For example, if your state plans on keeping 70% at the state level and therefore dispersing 30% to the localities, enter 30 in the local percent box and hit enter. The worksheet will then recalculate the rest of the figures.
  • ALLOCATION -- Allocation is the amount of total award to be dispersed to the localities after the state-level percentage is deducted.
  • CRIME PROP ALLOC - One fourth of the allocation is based on crime data. The crime proportion allocation is the total allocation for local governments awarded based on their crime data.
  • EXPEND PROP ALLOC - Similarly, three fourths of the allocation is based on expenditure data. The expenditure proportion allocation is the total allocation for local governments awarded based on their expenditure data.
  • AMOUNT RETAINED BY STATE - The state will retain funds for all localities allocated less than $10,000 rather than dispersing this money. This amount must be expended by the state on services to units of local government whose allotment is below the $10,000 cut-off amount.  The amount retained by the state is determined, therefore, by adding the total of all the localities that are allocated less than $10,000.
  • LOCALITY - The localities are listed in alphabetical order. For a list of localities eligible for an award, see the List of Localities and Allocations worksheets on your state page.
  • CRIME PROP - This represents the proportion of Part 1 violent offenses (murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) reported to the state accounted for by each locality. This calculation is based on the average number of offenses per locality in the three most recent years of available data, except where noted in FAQs: Local Crime Data. For example, a locality with a crime proportion of 0.0175 experiences 1.75% of the state's Part 1 violent offenses. Localities with a crime proportion of "0" reported no Part 1 violent crimes to the FBI for the given years. For a discussion of crime data, see FAQs: Local Crime Data.
  • CRIME ALLOC - The crime allocation for each locality represents the total amount of funds to be allocated to the locality based on its percentage of the state's crime proportion. The crime allocation is determined by multiplying the crime proportion [CRIME PROP] by the total crime proportion allocation [CRIME PROP ALLOC] for the state. A locality with 1.75% of the Part 1 violent offenses would therefore get 1.75% of the total crime allocation.
  • EXPEND PROP - This represents expenditure data taken from the most recent Census Bureau's Census of Governments. Only direct current operating criminal justice expenditures (salaries, wages, fees, and the commission and purchase of supplies, materials, and contractual services) were used in the current calculations. Like the crime proportion, locality expenditures are divided by the total expenditures reported by all localities to provide the percentage of the total allocations represented by each locality. Localities with an expenditure proportion of "0" reported no criminal justice expenditures to the Census Bureau. For a detailed discussion of the computation of the expenditure proportion, please see FAQs: Local Expenditure Data.
  • EXPEND ALLOC - Like the crime allocation, the expenditure allocation is the amount allocated to each locality based on its expenditure proportion, and is determined by multiplying the expenditure proportion [EXPEND PROP] by the total expenditure proportion allocation for the state [EXPEND PROP ALLOC].
  • TOTAL ALLOCATION - This column presents the total award to each locality based on the available data. The total allocation is determined by adding together the crime allocation [CRIME ALLOC] and the expenditure allocation [EXPEND ALLOC] for each locality.

If you have any problems or questions regarding the JABG or the formulas used, or have alternative data sources to determine expenditure or crime proportion, please contact JRSA.