Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Juvenile Restitution Initiative Balanced and Restorative Justice Project Awarded to the Florida Atlantic University Grant Number 1995-JN-FX-0024
Boca Raton, Florida
Report No. GR-40-04-004
Office of the Inspector General
The Office of the Inspector General, Audit Division, has completed an audit of the Balanced and Restorative Justice Project (BARJ), including supplements, awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to the Florida Atlantic University (FAU), headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida. The purpose of this grant was to provide assistance to juvenile justice systems wishing to: 1) expand and enhance restitution and related restorative sanctioning programs and practices, 2) use these programs and practices as catalyst for broader changes in juvenile justice sanctioning and supervision practices, and 3) redesign or restructure their community supervision systems based on a Balanced Approach mission within a Restorative Justice conceptual framework. As of September 30, 2003, the FAU was awarded a total of $2,018,869 to provide training and technical assistance to states and local jurisdictions wishing to implement to the BARJ model. We tested the FAU's accounting records to determine if reimbursements claimed for costs under the grant were allowable, supported, and in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, guidelines, and terms and conditions of the grant.
At the time of our audit, the FAU had been reimbursed the entire $2,018,869 grant amount. Our audit revealed deficiencies in the areas of reporting, grant drawdowns, budget management and control, grant expenditures, and monitoring of subrecipients. As a result, we question $199,221 in grant funds received and recommend $20,419 in grant funds awarded be put to better use.1 In brief, we found that the FAU:
These items are discussed in detail in the Findings and Recommendations section of the report. Our audit objectives, scope, and methodology appear in Appendix I.