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Types of Publications

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OJJDP produces different types of publications and products. Each publication type includes the titles and series associated with each. 

The publication types include: 

Fact Sheets
Model Programs Guide Literature Reviews
Portable Guides

Learn more about each publication type and the various publication series.


Bulletins give context to statistics and research and describe OJJDP-funded training, technical assistance, and programs. They also profile model programs to inform professionals to inform professionals in the juvenile justice field.

Bulletins range from 4 to 32 pages long. Some are, updated annually depending on the subject, and others are part of a special series.

Beyond Detention Series

This bulletin series details the findings of the Northwestern Juvenile Project, the first large-scale, longitudinal study of drug, alcohol, and psychiatric disorders in a diverse sample of youth in detainment.

The series covered the prevalence of suicidal thoughts and behaviors among youth in detainment, posttraumatic stress disorder and trauma within this population, functional impairment after detention (at work, at school, at home, or in the community), psychiatric disorders in youth processed in juvenile or adult court, barriers to mental health services, violent death among delinquent youth, and the prevalence of psychiatric disorders in youth after detention.

Child Delinquency Series

The Child Delinquency Series offers the latest information about child delinquency, including analyses of child delinquency statistics, insights into the origins of very young offending, and descriptions of early intervention programs and approaches that focus on risk and protective factors.

Crimes Against Children Series

OJJDP's Crimes Against Children Series examines child victimization by analyzing crime victimization statistics, studying child victims and their special needs, and describing programs and approaches that address these needs.

Family Strengthening Series

OJJDP's Family Strengthening Series discusses the effectiveness of family intervention programs and provides resources to families and communities.

Girls Study Group Series

This series presents the research findings from the OJJDP-supported Girls Study Group on addressing girls' delinquency. It examines recent trends, factors that put girls at risk for delinquency, and more.

Juvenile Accountability Block Grants Best Practices Series

OJJDP's Juvenile Accountability Block Grants (JABG) program promotes greater accountability among young people who violate the law. OJJDP created the JABG series to help states and local governments develop programs in the 12 purpose areas established for JABG funding.

Bulletins in this series inform juvenile justice policymakers, researchers, and practitioners about programs and approaches that hold justice-involved youth appropriately accountable for their behavior.

Juvenile Justice Practice Series

This online-only series provides those in the field with research, tools and promising practices. These bulletins are for those youth-serving professionals who are involved in developing and adopting juvenile justice policies, and programs, regardless of their funding sources.

Justice Research Series

This series, produced jointly by OJJDP and the National Institute of Justice, highlights research efforts in juvenile justice-related areas. It covers issues such as delays in case processing and findings on transitions from youth delinquency to adult crime.

National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway, and Thrownaway Children

This series summarizes findings from the Second National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway, and Thrownaway Children (NISMART–2) and the Law Enforcement Survey, a component of the Third NISMART (NISMART–3).

The NISMART series bulletins offer national estimates of missing children based on surveys of households, juvenile residential facilities, and law enforcement agencies.

The series also presents statistical profiles of these children, including their demographic characteristics and the circumstances of their disappearance. Fact sheets are also available.

National Report Series

Published every four years, OJJDP's National Report Juvenile Offenders and Victims offers a comprehensive statistical overview of the problems of youth crime, violence, and victimization and the response of juvenile justice systems.

Published each interim year, the National Report Series bulletins provide access to the latest information on youth arrests, court cases, youth in custody, and other topics of interest.

Each bulletin in the series highlights selected topics at the forefront of juvenile justice policymaking, giving readers focused access to statistics on some of the most critical issues.

National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence Series

This series reports on findings from the National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence study that's sponsored by OJJDP and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This study explores the incidence and prevalence of children's exposure to violence as either victims or witnesses.

It also marks the first comprehensive attempt to measure children's exposure to violence in the home, school, and community across all age groups from birth to age 17.

Pathways to Desistance

The Pathways to Desistance bulletin series presents findings from a multidisciplinary investigation into why some youth who have committed serious offenses stop or reduce committing these actions and why others continue to offend into adulthood.

The study followed more than 1,300 adolescents in the Philadelphia, PA, and Phoenix, AZ, metropolitan areas for seven years following their convictions. Investigators conducted interviews regularly over the study period.

Investigators reviewed official records to learn about their offending history, their incarceration history, their substance use history, their history of behavioral health disorders.

Investigators reviewed participants' access to residential treatment and community aftercare services to learn how those factors related to their persistence with or desistance from involvement with juvenile justice systems.

Serious and Violent Juvenile Offending Series

Although few in number, youth who commit serious and violent offenses are responsible for a disproportionate number of crimes. OJJDP created a study group of 22 researchers to analyze current research on youth risk factors, protective factors, and the development of committing such offenses. The series focuses on aspects of the group's work.

Survey of Youth in Residential Placement Series

This series describes results from the Survey of Youth in Residential Placement, the first comprehensive national study to gather information about youth in custody by interviewing the detained youth.

The bulletins highlight the characteristics of youth in residential placement, their conditions of confinement, the services they receive, and the nature and risk of the victimization they experience while in custody.

Youth Development Series

The Youth Development Series presents findings from the Program of Research on the Causes and Correlates of Delinquency. The study was designed to improve our understanding of serious delinquency, violence, and drug use by examining how youth develop within the context of family, school, peers, and community.

Three research teams at study sites in Rochester, NY, Denver, CO, and Pittsburgh, PA, interviewed thousands of participants at regular intervals, recording their lives in detail.

Youth Gang Series

OJJDP's Youth Gang Series examines key issues related to youth gangs, such as gang migration, gang growth, female involvement with gangs, homicide, drugs and violence, and the needs of communities and youth who live in the presence of youth gangs.

Youth in Action Series

This series is aimed at involving youth in the prevention of crime. It present topics—including peer mentoring, event planning, and working with the media. The series features youth resources such as fact sheets, checklists, timelines, and contact information.

Youth Out of the Education Mainstream Series

This series addresses issues associated with the Youth Out of the Education Mainstream initiative. The initiative focuses on the needs of five often interrelated categories of at-risk youth: students who fear attending school due to violence; truants; dropouts; students who are suspended/expulsed; and youth who return school from correctional settings in juvenile justice systems.

Youth Violence Research Series

The Youth Violence Research Bulletin Series presents research findings related to youth violence, including gangs, firearms, suicide prevention, and the impact of violence on youth.

The bulletins, were developed in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discuss the research that's relevant to those both in the public health and juvenile justice fields.

Fact Sheets

OJJDP In Focus fact sheets highlight major agency programs and initiatives and provides information on OJJDP resources, including funding, training and technical assistance, and research activities. 

These are the latest OJJDP fact sheets:


Juvenile Justice Journal

OJJDP's Juvenile Justice Journal, published from 1993–2004 spotlighted innovative programs and publications on critical juvenile justice issues and trends.

Each issue included two or three feature articles on timely juvenile justice issues or a major OJJDP initiative. Articles provided syntheses of research, overviews of training activities, and reviews of innovative programs.

The In Brief section highlighted grant awards, promoted conferences, reviewed publications, and provided readings related to the feature articles. Issues run from 32 to 44 pages long.

Access the Juvenile Justice journal series.

Journal of Juvenile Justice

Sponsored by OJJDP, the Journal of Juvenile Justice was published from 2011–2017 as a semi-annual, peer-reviewed journal that covered juvenile justice issues including system responses; youth victimization; delinquency prevention, intervention, and treatment.

Access the Journal of Juvenile Justice series.

Model Programs Guide Literature Reviews

The OJJDP Model Programs Guide (MPG) Literature Reviews provide practitioners and policymakers with relevant research and evaluations for several youth-related topics and programs.

Access Literature Reviews from the Model Programs Guide.


OJJDP News @ a Glance

The award-winning monthly newsletter OJJDP News @ a Glance shares information about the latest activities at OJJDP. The newsletter includes notices of funding opportunities, highlights OJJDP-funded programs, research, recent publications and upcoming events. Regular features include Tribal Connections and From the Field.

Access the OJJDP News @ a Glance Series.

Portable Guides

This series provides practical references for law enforcement and other professionals to determine cases of child abuse, exploitation or neglect and to collect evidence necessary for effective prosecution. The guides provide basic information on the most critical aspects of child abuse investigations. Topics include burn injuries, sexual exploitation, diagnostic imaging, interviewing techniques, and photodocumentation. Each Portable Guide ranges from 16 to 36 pages long.

Access the Portable Guides to Investigating Child Abuse series.


OJJDP and OJJDP-sponsored reports:

  • describe comprehensive research and evaluation findings;
  • provide detailed descriptions of innovative juvenile justice programs implemented at the national, state, and local levels, including case studies, field studies, and other strategies used for assessing program success and replication;
  • or present statistical analysis, trends, or other data on selected juvenile justice topics.

Some reports provide training curriculums and lesson plans and are used as training tools for juvenile justice professionals.

Reports usually include appendixes and lists of resources and additional readings. They vary from annual updates to one-time publications.


Summaries describe key research and evaluation findings that may be used to enhance future juvenile justice policies and practices.

They highlight OJJDP-funded programs implemented at the national, state, or local levels that may serve as models for other jurisdictions.

Summaries can be used as training guides for juvenile justice professionals. They're generally 30 to 90 pages long and usually include appendixes and lists of resources and additional readings.

Date Created: August 31, 2021


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