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OJJDP News @ a Glance

The November/December issue highlights fiscal year 2020 awards, a talented youth advocate, OJJDP’s training conference for states, a Tribal recipient of OJJDP technical assistance, and news from the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice.
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New Publications

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

Cover of Title II Formula Grants Program

Title II Formula Grants Program (In Focus Fact Sheet)
NCJ 255169
In Focus Series

OJJDP’s Title II Formula Grants program, created under the 1974 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, supports state and local delinquency prevention and intervention efforts and juvenile justice system improvements. OJJDP awarded about $116 million to support the program between fiscal years 2017 and 2019, covering efforts such as compliance monitoring, job training, mental health and substance abuse treatment, community-based programs and services, reentry/aftercare services, and school programs to prevent truancy.

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Cover of Support for Prosecutors Who Work With Youth

Support for Prosecutors Who Work With Youth (In Focus Fact Sheet)
NCJ 255168
In Focus Series

OJJDP awarded $6.6 million between fiscal years 2017 and 2019 for training and technical assistance to build the capacity of juvenile prosecutors and attorneys who prosecute child welfare cases. Support for child abuse prosecutors is intended to improve their interactions with child victims, investigative methods, and presentation of evidence in court. OJJDP’s training curriculum helps juvenile prosecutors balance youth justice with public safety; the Office also funds a training and technical assistance provider to help prosecutors lead juvenile justice system improvements in their communities.

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Cover of Sexual Behavior Problems in Children and Adolescents

Sexual Behavior Problems in Children and Adolescents (In Focus Fact Sheet)
NCJ 253046
In Focus Series

OJJDP provided $4.5 million between fiscal years 2017 and 2019 to support intervention programs for adolescent sex offenders and youth with problematic sexual behaviors, as well as training and technical assistance for service providers. Research indicates that evidence-based treatment for youth and their caregivers reduces their sexual behavior problems and enhances the youth and caregivers’ well-being. One of the Office’s training and technical assistance programs is aimed at problematic sexual behaviors among youth living on military installations.

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Cover of Improving Juvenile Indigent Defense fact sheet

Improving Juvenile Indigent Defense (In Focus Fact Sheet)
NCJ 255341
In Focus Series

Despite a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 1967 establishing juveniles’ right to counsel in delinquency cases, numerous barriers still remain to the receipt of proper counsel. Between fiscal years 2017 and 2019, OJJDP awarded $7.2 million to improve the quality and availability of legal services, respond to gaps in practice, and ensure that juveniles have access to resources that address the collateral consequences of justice system involvement.

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Juvenile Violent Victimization, 1995-2018

Juvenile Violent Victimization, 1995–2018 (Bulletin)
NCJ 254796

This bulletin summarizes data from a nationwide survey of households about victimization along with data reported to the police, and allows comparisons by victim demographics (gender, race), characteristics (location, urban-rural classification, victim-offender relationship), and age (juveniles, young adults, adults). Violent crime against juveniles (ages 12 to 17) dropped 80 percent between 1995 and 2018, from 172.6 victimizations per 1,000 to 33.8. Since 2013, the percentage of juvenile violent victimizations reported to the police has remained steady at about 25 percent.

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Date Created: December 21, 2020