News from OJP and OJJDP
NIJ Announces Funding for Research to Increase School Safety
The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is accepting applications for its fiscal year 2014 "Developing Knowledge about What Works to Make Schools Safe" funding opportunity. Under its Comprehensive School Safety Initiative, NIJ will provide funding to successful applicants to learn more about how personnel, programs, and activities contribute to school safety. NIJ anticipates making awards to local education agencies (LEAs), public charter schools recognized as LEAs, and state education agencies. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. ET on July 10, 2014.
Registration Open for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Conference
On July 13–16, 2014, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) will hold its 77th Annual Conference “From Surviving to Thriving: Healthy Families, Healthy Courts” in Chicago, IL. This conference is open to professionals interested in the improvement of juvenile and family justice. Topics include child abuse and neglect, trauma, custody and visitation, judicial leadership, juvenile justice, sex trafficking of minors, family violence, drug courts, and more. A preconference workshop will be offered for professionals working with juvenile justice-involved youth who have mental health, trauma, or substance abuse issues.
OJJDP Awards $8 Million in Grants To Reduce Youth Violence
On September 23, 2013, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) announced more than $8 million in Community-Based Violence Prevention program awards to six sites nationwide. The grants will support the sites as they replicate proven programs, such as the Boston Gun Project and the OJJDP Comprehensive Gang Model, to reduce youth violence, specifically gun and gang violence. Announcing the awards, OJJDP Administrator Robert L. Listenbee said, "Through a combination of prevention, intervention, enforcement, and reentry programs, these sites will promote alternatives to violence and make communities safer." The grant recipients are Camden, NJ; East Baton Rouge, LA; Kansas City, MO; Newport News, VA; Syracuse, NY; and the Maryland Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention.
Registration Open for Family Law Institute
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges is accepting registrations for its Family Law Institute for Judges and Lawyers. To be held on March 2–5, 2014, in Monterey, CA, the institute will offer attendees information and tools to improve case processing and outcomes for victims, youth, and families. Topics will include divorce, custody and visitation, property distribution and finances, military service and families, and the role of technology and social media in and out of the courtroom.
National Academies to Release Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking Report
The Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council’s Committee on Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States released their OJJDP-sponsored report "Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking in the United States" on September 25, 2013. The report release included a presentation of key findings, conclusions, and recommendations of the report and a question and answer discussion with committee members.
OJJDP Updates Statistical Briefing Book
The National Center for Juvenile Justice has updated OJJDP’s Statistical Briefing Book. The Briefing Book provides timely and reliable answers to questions that OJJDP most frequently receives from the media, policymakers, and the general public.
OJJDP's Tribal Green Reentry Program Participants Share Personal Change Stories
In "Stories of Change Among Justice-Involved American Indian Youth From the Cross-Site Evaluation of OJJDP’s Tribal Green Reentry Program," youth, parents, and program staff who participated in the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention-sponsored Tribal Juvenile Detention and Reentry Green Demonstration programs share their perspectives. The report also highlights risk and protective factors for system-involved tribal youth.
OJJDP Family Listening Sessions: Executive Summary Summarizes Youth and Families Experiences
"OJJDP Family Listening Sessions: Executive Summary" summarizes the discussions with families and youth who have had direct experiences with the juvenile justice and criminal systems. The report focused on four broad topic areas: the expectations and the reality of families' first encounters with the system, whether the needs of youth were met during the child's period of confinement, how the family was treated and served while their child was confined, and the availability of aftercare services.
Report Assesses Well-Being of America's Children
The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, of which the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is a participating agency, has released "America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2013." The report features statistics on children and families in the United States across 41 key indicators, including family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education, and health. The forum's mission is to collect enhanced data on children and youth, communicate it to the policy community and general public, and produce more complete data at the federal, state, and local levels.
Gang Prevention: An Overview of Research and Programs
The recent Juvenile Justice bulletin, published by the U.S. Dept. of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), presents a compilation of current research on gangs, including data on the state of gang problems in the United States today, why youth join gangs and strategies and services communities can use to prevent youth from joining gangs.
OVC Video Series Addresses Children's Exposure to Violence
The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) has released “Through Our Eyes: Children, Violence, and Trauma,” an online video series to address the needs of children exposed to violence and victimization. The series includes a public awareness video in which victims discuss the effects of the violence and trauma they experienced; and three topic-specific videos detailing evidence-based treatment, child advocacy strategies, and community-based approaches to help those affected.
OJJDP Bulletin Discusses Community Supervision of Underage Drinkers
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has released Community Supervision of Underage Drinkers. This bulletin provides a theoretical overview on which to base policies, procedures, and practices that will help professionals—and their corresponding agencies—effectively supervise underage drinkers in the community. In addition, the bulletin discusses legal issues that professionals may encounter when working with these youth.
OJJDP Selects Sites, Evaluator for Reform and Reinvestment Program
OJJDP has selected three sites and a project evaluator for the Juvenile Justice Reform and Reinvestment Demonstration Program, a new OJJDP-administered initiative made possible through the Office of Management and Budget's Partnership Fund for Program Integrity Innovation. The grantees include the Iowa Division of Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning, the Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services, and the Executive Office of the Governor of Delaware. The project evaluator will be the Urban Institute, and the Georgetown Center for Juvenile Justice Reform will provide training and technical assistance to the sites. The sites received competitive awards to develop and implement an integrated set of evidence-based and cost-measurement tools that will enable them to make informed decisions about resources and services for justice-involved youth.
OJJDP Updates Statistical Briefing Book
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has updated its Statistical Briefing Book to include 2011 data on juvenile populations, 2010 data on victims of domestic violence, and FBI supplementary homicide reports through 2010.
2012 OJP Grants to be Announced on OJP.gov
The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) is providing to external stakeholders and the general public an opportunity to view regular updates on grants awarded for Fiscal Year 2012. Each Monday, the OJP Office of Communications (OCOM) will post a weekly report of grants awarded, including the grantee’s name, city, state, award amount, and federal program office. The updates will be located on the OJP website’s splash page for "New Grants at OJP."
OJJDP Announces 2013 National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) encourages fifth grade students to participate in the National Missing Children’s Day poster contest. The annual contest promotes child safety and creates an opportunity for schools, law enforcement, and other child advocates to discuss the issue of missing and exploited children with children, parents, and guardians.
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OJJDP releases its revised Core Performance Standards for Training, Technical Assistance, and Evaluation
The Core Performance Standards were developed to promote the consistency and quality of OJJDP-sponsored training and technical assistance (TTA) activities among providers, and to advance common expectations of performance excellence. The Standards present minimum expectations to be met for effective practice in the planning, coordination, delivery, and evaluation of training.
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OJP, OJJDP, NIJ, and BJA Collaborate to Release Fact Sheet: Drug Courts
"Drug Courts" fact sheet examines adult and juvenile drug court program models and OJP’s support of adult and juvenile drug courts. It also provides facts, research findings, and additional resources regarding drug courts.
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OJJDP Acting Administrator Delivers Keynote at Coalition of Juvenile Justice Conference
OJJDP Acting Administrator Melodee Hanes delivered a keynote address at the Coalition for Juvenile Justice’s annual conference, "Improving Justice Outcomes for Youth and Families: Uniting Science, Policy, and Practice." The conference was held on June 22–24, 2012, in Bethesda, MD, and promoted juvenile justice and delinquency prevention system innovations that reduce court contact and improve outcomes for youth and families.
The Department of Justice Announces Melodee Hanes to serve as Acting Administrator for OJJDP
Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs Laurie O. Robinson today announced the White House designation of Melodee Hanes as the principal deputy administrator for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). After nearly three years of serving as acting administrator for OJJDP, Jeff Slowikowski has decided to step down and will serve as OJJDP’s acting deputy administrator for policy. Hanes will now serve as the acting administrator for OJJDP.
Program Recognizes Exceptional Law Enforcement Officers
The nomination period for the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery is now open. Nominations will be accepted from December 15, 2011, through February 15, 2012, and are limited to acts of bravery that occurred between January 1 and December 31, 2011. Applications must be submitted using the online application.
Funding Available for Second Chance Act Solicitation
The Second Chance Act Technology Careers Training Demonstration Projects for Incarcerated Adults and Juveniles grant will provide funds to increase the post-release employability of offenders in related technology-based jobs and career fields. The program is designed to establish and provide technology career training programs for incarcerated adults and juveniles during the 3-year period before release from a prison, jail, or juvenile facility. The application deadline is March 3, 2012.
Bureau of Justice Assistance Launches Podcast on Saving Drug-Endangered Children
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has released "Saving Drug-Endangered Children: An Interview With Commander Lori Moriarty," a two-part podcast featuring interviews with Commander Lori Moriarty of the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children. Part 1 discusses the role law enforcement plays in cases involving drug-endangered children. Part 2 provides information about resources for state, local, and tribal communities that would like to be more involved in assisting drug-endangered children.
2011 National Drug Control Strategy
The 2011 National Drug Control Strategy serves as a blueprint for action to address drug use and its consequences. This document emphasizes collaboration and innovative strategies for reducing drug use and its consequences through a balanced policy of prevention, treatment, recovery, support, enforcement, and international partnerships. In addition to this document, the Office for National Drug Control Strategy provides resources for youth, including Above the Influence, a youth campaign that empowers America's youth to resist negative peer pressure and reject drugs.
Attorney General Holder and Secretary Duncan Announce Supportive School Discipline Initiative
On July 21, 2011, at the quarterly meeting of the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in Washington, DC, Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the creation of the Supportive School Discipline Initiative. “By bringing together government, law enforcement, academic, and community leaders, I’m confident we can make certain that school discipline policies are enforced fairly and do not become obstacles to future growth, progress, and achievement,” said Attorney General Holder.
The initiative is a collaboration between the Departments of Justice and Education that aims to target the school disciplinary policies and in-school arrests that push youth out of school and into the justice system, also known as the school-to-prison pipeline.
OJJDP Produces Video Program on Preventing Sexual Exploitation of Children
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) recently partnered with the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA) to produce a video on preventing the sexual exploitation of children.
The video features moderated discussions about child sexual exploitation and current initiatives being used to protect children. Panelists include Francey Hakes, National Coordinator for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction at the U.S. Department of Justice; Dr. Michael Bourke, Chief Psychologist at the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS); and Ashley Natoli and Kevin Jones, Community Supervision Officers, Sex Offender Unit at CSOSA.
Protecting Youth Offenders
On June 17, 2011, The Washington Post editorialized on the need to protect youthful offenders, in particular those tried as adults, from the increased risks of rape, physical abuse and suicide associated with being incarcerated in the adult criminal justice system. The editorial discusses the Prison Rape Elimination Act as an opportunity to protect youth charged as adults, and calls for the U.S. Department of Justice to prohibit all juveniles under the age of 18 from being housed in adult prisons. The editorial coincides with the release of PREA Data Collection Activities 2011 (PDF 471 KB), providing selected findings and status updates on five separate data collection efforts in response to the PREA Act of 2003.
"Even the smallest moments can have a lasting impact on a child's life." – President Barack Obama
Mentoring is an effective way to prevent at-risk youth from becoming involved in delinquency and also to help already delinquent youth change their lives for the better. Mentoring relationships have been shown to improve youths' self-esteem, behavior, and academic performance. For these reasons, OJJDP has long supported mentoring programs, awarding more than $480 million since 1994 to support juvenile and youth mentoring programs.
"Every day, mentors in communities across our Nation provide crucial support and guidance to young people. Whether a day is spent helping with homework, playing catch, or just listening, these moments can have an enormous, lasting effect on a child’s life." – President Barack Obama
Find resources that provide information about mentoring and links to mentoring organizations.
OJP Launches CrimeSolutions.gov
The website is a resource to help practitioners and policymakers understand what works in justice-related programs and practices. It includes information on more than 150 justice-related programs and assigns ratings that indicate whether a program achieves its goals.
Office of Justice Programs Assistant Attorney General Laurie Robinson said, "CrimeSolutions.gov helps us take a “smart on crime” approach that relies on data-driven, evidence-based analysis to identify and replicate justice-related programs that have shown results in preventing and reducing crime and serving crime victims."
President Obama launches the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention
In October 2010, President Obama launched the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention. As part of the forum, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and its federal partners held a Summit on Preventing Youth Violence in early April.
Steps to Respect: A Bullying Prevention Program
Steps to Respect is an evidence-based, comprehensive bullying prevention program developed for grades 3 through 6. The program is one of the many listed in the OJJDP Model Programs Guide (MPG).
Scared Straight: Traumatizing At-Risk Kids Is Not the Way To Lead Them Away from Crime and Drugs
Laurie O. Robinson, OJP's Assistant Attorney General, and Jeff Slowikowski, Acting Administrator of OJP's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, co-authored an op-ed that appeared this week in The Baltimore Sun on the topic of "scared straight" programs.
National Missing Children's Day Poster Contest Winner
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) extends its congratulations to Julianna Hinton, a fifth grader from Oak Grove Upper Elementary School in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, the winner of the 2011 National Missing Children's Day Poster Contest. This year, 43 states and the District of Columbia submitted their winning entries from among the thousands entered by fifth graders across the country.
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