Top Story: OJJDP Urges System Reform During Youth Justice Action Month
OJJDP is cohosting Youth Justice Action Month (YJAM) in October. The Office is collaborating with the Coalition for Juvenile Justice and the National Juvenile Justice Network on a series of activities to raise awareness about the conditions endured by youth in the justice system and spur action on their behalf.
Youth Play Key Role in OJJDP Efforts To Prevent and Address Bullying and Hate Crimes
OJJDP launched the Preventing Youth Hate Crimes & Identity-Based Bullying Initiative in October 2021. Focused on combating the effects of bullying and hate crimes through prevention and early intervention, the initiative relies on youth input to empower young people and inform OJJDP’s development of a prevention curriculum.
OJJDP Program Promotes School-Community Collaborations To Deter Violent Crime
A new OJJDP solicitation, Enhancing School Capacity To Address Youth Violence, emphasizes collaborations between schools and community-based organizations that operate violence prevention and early intervention programs. It is one of several OJJDP programs using youth violence intervention and antigang strategies to deter gun and gang violence.
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More than 60 percent of system-involved youth born in 2000 received just one referral to juvenile court, according to OJJDP-funded research into the referral histories of more than 160,000 youth. Most referral histories did not involve violent or serious nonviolent offenses. Learn more in OJJDP’s Patterns of Juvenile Court Referrals of Youth Born in 2000 bulletin.