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OJJDP News @ a Glance, May/June 2016

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Date Published
June 2016
10 pages
Publication Series
This online issue of the U.S. Justice Department's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's (OJJDP's) May/June 2016 newsletter contains feature articles on the fifth National Summit on Preventing Youth Violence, the unrealized promise of "Gault" after 50 years, the observation of National Missing Children's Day, the National Campaign To End Solitary Confinement of Youth, OJJDP's hosting of the Police and Youth Engagement Roundtable, and OJJDP Administrator Listenbee's remarks at the Coalition for Juvenile Justice Conference.
At the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention's Fifth National Summit, Administration officials, mayors, chiefs of police, community advocates, and youth leaders shared strategies for reducing and mitigating the impact of violence on the Nation's youth. In 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court issued "In re Gault," which ensured the right to a lawyer for children involved in juvenile court proceedings. Currently, this promise remains unfulfilled in many of the Nation's juvenile courts. National Missing Children's Day recognizes law enforcement personnel's and the public's efforts to recover missing and abducted children. OJJDP is working with States and local jurisdictions to develop policies that limit the use of solitary confinement for juveniles. In April 2016, OJJDP convened a police and youth engagement roundtable that consisted of 15 youth and14 law enforcement executives discussing the current climate of police-youth relations. OJJDP Administrator Listenbee touted the current reform climate in juvenile justice, which is moving away from a model that focuses on punishment and is implementing policies and practices that promote treatment and positive outcomes for youth under the juvenile justice system's management. In addition to these feature articles, the newsletter reports on upcoming events and news.

Date Published: June 1, 2016