This Annual Report of the U.S. Justice Department's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) for fiscal year (FY) 2005 describes OJJDP's activities during this year across a range of program areas.
OJJDP, a component of the U.S. Justice Department's Office of Justice Programs, leads the Nation's efforts to prevent and respond to juvenile delinquency and child victimization. Through this leadership role, OJJDP helps States and communities implement effective prevention and intervention programs, as well as strategies for creating a juvenile justice system that protects public safety, holds offenders accountable, and meets the needs of juveniles and their families. This Annual Report highlights OJJDP activities that include reducing the overrepresentation of minority youth in the juvenile justice system, supporting programs that protect children from sexual exploitation and online predators, and collaboration with Tribal communities. The report also describes OJJDP's work in supporting key research, providing technical assistance for programs and interventions in the field, and informing the field about the results and implications of OJJDP-sponsored research and data collection. OJJDP expanded its outreach to the juvenile justice field during FY 2005 through two key strategies: new and expanded collaboration with other Federal agencies as well as public-sector and private-sector groups, along with innovative technological tools that help communities improve assessments of their needs and find programs that respond to local issues. These efforts enabled OJJDP to better leverage and target available funds and resources in meeting the needs of States and local communities. Appended description of OJJDP's organization, report on State-by-State compliance with JJDPA core protections, and a listing of publications produced in FY 2005