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OJJDP Facts in Focus: Reentry Starts Here

February 2019

In this video, Dr. Sanzanna Dean, OJJDP Deputy Associate Administrator, discusses the OJJDP's toolkit Reentry Starts Here: A Guide for Youth in Long-Term Juvenile Corrections and Treatment Programs. Every year, tens of thousands of youth return to their communities from residential placement, too often with no reentry plan. The resources provided in this guide speak to common barriers that youth may experience upon reentry. The guide includes specific actions youth can take to address those barriers with the help of a caring adult. 

OJJDP Core Requirements Training for the States – Part One

January 2019

This video asks training participants about the issues they are experiencing in their states surrounding core protections. In November 2018, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) hosted a training for state representatives in Baltimore, MD. The 4-day training provided participants with an overview of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act, updates on the Title II Formula Grants Program, and a review of state representatives' roles and responsibilities.

2018 National Missing Children's Day Ceremony

September 2018

Watch the entire 35th Annual National Missing Children's Day Ceremony which took place on May 23, 2018 in Washington, DC. The 2018 ceremony honored the heroic and exemplary efforts of agencies, organizations, and individuals to protect children. OJJDP Administrator Caren Harp provided opening remarks.

What is the National Criminal Justice Reference Service?

July 2018

Learn about the Office of Justice Programs-sponsored National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS). Established in 1972, NCJRS offers justice information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide. Learn how you can make the most of NCJRS services.

Changing Minds: Chad's Story

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Please be aware that this video contains descriptions of violence that may be distressing to some viewers.
June 2017

The story of Chad shows how a supportive and caring adult can help a child overcome childhood trauma and exposure to violence. Each year, nearly 60% of youth are exposed to violence in their homes, schools, and communities. Recent studies demonstrate how observing violence has a lasting negative impact on a child’s brain and their cognitive development. Over time, exposure to violence during childhood is significantly correlated with negative outcomes such as psychological issues, adverse behavior, and serious illnesses.

Changing Minds: Unique's Story

Content Advisory
Please be aware that this video contains descriptions of violence that may be distressing to some viewers.
October 2016

This short film, inspired by true stories, shows how a supportive and caring adult can help a child overcome childhood trauma and exposure to violence. Each year, nearly 60% of youth are exposed to violence in their homes, schools, and communities. Recent studies demonstrate how observing violence has a lasting negative impact on a child’s brain and their cognitive development. Over time, exposure to violence during childhood is significantly correlated with negative outcomes such as psychological issues, adverse behavior, and serious illnesses. The U.S.