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OJJDP News @ a Glance

This issue highlights the appointment of new OJJDP Administrator Liz Ryan, the 2022 National Missing Children’s Day virtual commemoration, volunteers advocating for youth in foster care, and efforts to protect youth who identify as LGBTQI+ and Two Spirit.
Message From the Administrator
OJJDP Administrator Liz Ryan - OJJDP News @ a Glance, May 2022

New Publications

All OJJDP publications may be viewed and downloaded on the publications section of the OJJDP website.

New Publications

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Juveniles in Residential Placement, 2019 (Bulletin)
NCJ 303593
National Report Series

OJJDP's biennial Census of Juveniles in Residential Placement details the characteristics of youth held for delinquency and status offenses in public and private residential facilities. Between 1997 and 2019, the number of youth in residential placement decreased 65 percent to 36,479, its lowest level since data collection began in 1997, when 105,055 youth were held in out-of-home placement. The decrease in the number of youth held in public facilities (64 percent) was slightly less than the decrease in the number held in private facilities during the same period (68 percent). In 2019, 96 percent of youth in placement were held for a delinquency offense, 4 percent for a status offense, and 37 percent for a person offense.

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Youth Reentry and Family Engagement (In Focus Fact Sheet)
NCJ 253049
OJJDP In Focus Series

On any given day, approximately 36,500 youth are in residential placement; most will eventually return to their communities and need support to make that transition successfully. This fact sheet presents OJJDP’s Second Chance Act programs: the Youth Reentry program and the Addressing the Needs of Incarcerated Parents and Their Minor Children program. OJJDP funding supports a wide range of services, including educational and vocational opportunities, employment support, housing assistance, substance use treatment, mental and physical healthcare, and family programming.

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In Focus Fact Sheet: Child Protection: Dependency Courts

Child Protection: Dependency Courts (In Focus Fact Sheet)
NCJ 254816
OJJDP In Focus Series

Abuse or neglect bring childhood to an end for too many youth. OJJDP funding supports juvenile and family courts as they develop policies, practices, and programs to improve safety, permanency, and outcomes for young people who have been abused or neglected. This fact sheet describes OJJDP’s Court Appointed Special Advocate program and the training and technical assistance provided through OJJDP’s Child Abuse Training for Judicial and Court Personnel project.

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New Literature Reviews Added to the OJJDP Model Programs Guide

OJJDP Model Programs Guide

OJJDP has added four new literature reviews to its Model Programs Guide.

  • Teen Dating Violence (NCJ 304101)focuses on dating violence between adolescents in middle and high school. It presents definitions of different types of dating violence and the scope of the problem, describes risk and protective factors related to perpetration and victimization, and presents results from prevention programs. View this publication.
  • Hate Crimes and Youth (NCJ 304270) discusses youth involvement in hate crimes, summarizing the history of hate crime legislation, rates and trends, the recruitment of youth into hate groups, and interventions to prevent or reduce hate crimes by youth. The review also examines the consequences of hate crimes and bias-based harassment of youth, and identifies gaps in published literature. View this publication.
  • Substance Use Prevention Programs (NCJ 304290) addresses the initiation of substance use by children and youth, describing the scope of use, risk factors for use, protective factors that can keep youth from initiating use, prevention programs and outcome evidence, and limitations to available research. Results from self-support surveys by adolescents show that the use of illicit drugs (with the exception of marijuana) is at its lowest point in 20 years, although alcohol use may be on the rise. View this publication.
  • Racial and Ethnic Disparity in Juvenile Justice Processing (NCJ 304304) focuses on racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system, describing the scope of the problem and explaining how racial and ethnic disparities can be measured. The review describes empirical studies that attempt to explain the reasons for disparities in juvenile justice systems; it also offers a brief overview of efforts to address racial and ethnic disparities and provides examples of programs intended to reduce them. View this publication.
Date Created: June 9, 2022