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OJJDP Priorities

OJJDP's three priorities reflect the Office's guiding philosophy: to enhance the welfare of America’s youth and broaden their opportunities for a better future. To bring these goals to fruition, OJJDP is leading efforts to transform the juvenile justice system into one that will—

The juvenile justice field's decisionmaking must be informed by science and research to ensure young people are adjudicated fairly and given opportunities to learn and recover from youthful mistakes.

Community-based programs that involve families as a critical component enhance youth outcomes, increase public safety, and strengthen neighborhoods.

Juvenile justice practitioners must recognize and address the barriers to success that involvement with the juvenile justice system creates for youth.

The Latest from OJJDP

OJJDP News @ a Glance, July/August 2022

The July/August newsletter highlights the importance of listening to youth, young people’s experience returning to their communities following residential placement, an anti-gang program in Hawaii, and the benefits of collaboration among OJJDP, Tribes, and states.

Patterns of Juvenile Court Referrals of Youth Born in 2000

This bulletin describes the office juvenile court referral histories of more than 160,000 youth born in 2000 from 903 selected United States counties. 

Apply for OJJDP Funding Opportunities

Access and apply for Fiscal Year 2022 funding opportunities from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. 

Learn about Funding

Learn about Funding

OJJDP funding programs support state and community efforts to develop effective prevention and intervention programs and to improve juvenile justice systems.
Access Resources

Access Resources

OJJDP produces and sponsors numerous publications and products each year that focus on different aspects of juvenile justice.
Find Programs

Find Programs

OJJDP sponsors programs to prevent and respond to juvenile delinquency and victimization and improve juvenile justice systems.
Participate in Events

Participate in Events

Learn about upcoming webinars and in-person conferences and training opportunities that support OJJDP's mission.

Preventing Youth Hate Crimes & Identity-Based Bullying  Initiative

Discover more about OJJDP's Preventing Youth Hate Crimes & Identity-Based Bullying  Initiative and learn about upcoming webinars. This national initiative focuses on prevention and early intervention from a youth-based perspective.