The National Juvenile Justice Action Plan, summarized in this document, is an eight-point statement of objectives and strategies designed to strengthen State and local initiatives to reduce juvenile violence, increase the capacity of the juvenile justice system to respond, and prevent delinquency.
They primary audiences for the Action Plan are State and local leaders, juvenile justice practitioners, and community members who are initiating or engaging in these activities and are seeking guidance, support, and resources. The Action Plan is a blueprint for community action designed to address and reduce the impact of juvenile violence and delinquency. It presents a framework for the handling of delinquent offenders, including possible transfer of the most serious and violent offenders to the criminal justice system, and describes programs that increase opportunities for youth to have a stake in their future. The plan also provides tools for rebuilding the dependency court system to better assist children who are victims of abuse and neglect. Its broad spectrum of strategies can help mobilize youth and adults to strengthen their own neighborhoods and inform the public about preventing juvenile violence. Appended profile of the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, a list of working group participants, and a matrix of technical assistance resources
Date Published: March 1, 1996