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Administrator's Message: Pursuing Racial Equity and Fairness

February 2023
Administrator Liz Ryan underscores OJJDP's commitment to pursue racial equity and fairness in the juvenile justice system as the Office celebrates Black History Month. She discusses OJJDP's effort to eliminate racial disparities in the juvenile justice system through its funding priorities and technical assistance provided to states developing plans to increase equity for youth.

Message From the Administrator: Listening to Young People

August 2022
OJJDP Administrator Liz Ryan focuses on the importance of listening to what youth say they need. Reaching out to young people is the best way to both hold them accountable for their actions and improve outcomes, she says. Her commitment to ensure that the youth voice is solicited, heard, and amplified, is closely linked to fulfilling her three priorities for OJJDP.

Message From the Administrator: Helping Youth Find Positive Paths Forward

June 2022
New OJJDP Administrator Liz Ryan outlines her top priorities for the Office—treating children as children, pursuing alternatives to detention so that children can remain at home and in their communities, and providing opportunities for young people who come into contact with the juvenile justice system. A commitment to racial equity and fairness permeates and unites them.

Message From the Acting Administrator: Celebrating Native American Heritage by Responding to Tribal Needs

December 2021
In her November/December 2021 Video Message, OJJDP Acting Administrator Chyrl Jones recognizes National Native American Heritage Month and highlights OJJDP’s commitment to American Indian and Alaska Native youth and the Office’s recent initiative to gather information from tribes on how best to support them.