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OJJDP Celebrates 50th Anniversary of the JJDPA

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention marks the 50th anniversary of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, with the year-long observance "Looking Back, Moving Forward: Celebrating 50 Years of the JJDPA". Throughout 2024, the Office will observe the Act's golden anniversary with several events.
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Save the Date: Next Administrator Update Call Set for April 29

OJJDP Administrator Liz Ryan will hold her monthly Today in Juvenile Justice: Administrator Update call on April 29, 2024 at 2:30 p.m. ET.

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 Announces $17 Million to Support a Continuum of Care Approach to Address Youth Justice and Advance Community Safety

OJJDP Administrator Liz Ryan announced today more than $17 million in awards to 23 state and local sites and three training and technical assistance providers to foster positive youth development, prioritize community safety and focus on effective program outcomes.

View and Apply for OJJDP Funding

Access current funding opportunities from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. 

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OJJDP News @ a Glance, March 2024

The March newsletter highlights OJJDP’s continuum of care framework for delivering juvenile justice services, recent trends in youth crime and victimization, and a conversation between Administrator Liz Ryan and Tribal youth.

OJJDP Observes Second Chance Month

"America was founded on the promise of new beginnings. During Second Chance Month, we recommit to building a criminal justice system that lives up to those ideals so that people returning to their communities from jail or prison have a fair shot at the American Dream," said President Joseph Biden in his proclamation. 

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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

"During National Child Abuse Prevention Month, we stand together to prevent abuse and neglect, support brave survivors, and build strong communities and families where every child can grow up happy and safe," President Biden said in his proclamation. 

Juvenile Court Statistics 2021

Juvenile Court Statistics 2021 describes delinquency cases and petitioned status offense cases handled between 2005 and 2021 by U.S. courts with juvenile jurisdiction. National estimates of juvenile court delinquency caseloads in 2021 were based on analyses of 299,432 automated case records and court-level statistics summarizing an additional 29,369 cases.

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. This national initiative focuses on prevention and early intervention from a youth-based perspective. OJJDP hosted its second Youth Hate Crimes and Identity-Based Bullying Prevention Virtual Symposium from October 17-18, 2023.