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New OJJDP Initiative Promotes Community-Based Alternatives to Youth Incarceration

Blog by OJJDP Administrator Liz Ryan

By Liz Ryan, OJJDP Administrator 

Far too many young people are housed in juvenile justice facilities, and often their detention does more harm than good. Community-based alternatives—working with youth where they live—achieve better results than warehousing youth in prisons. 

We currently spend an estimated $5 billion per year to incarcerate children. And research shows that locking up kids doesn’t work. This money is better spent...

OJJDP News @ a Glance, May/June 2022

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) announces the availability of OJJDP News @ a Glance, May/June 2022.

This issue's Message from the Administrator and top story introduce Administrator Liz Ryan, a staunch advocate for juvenile justice reform who joined OJJDP May 16. The newsletter also highlights the Department of Justice’s commemoration of National Missing Children’s Day and the Office’s Court Appointed...

Message From the Administrator: Helping Youth Find Positive Paths Forward

June 2022
New OJJDP Administrator Liz Ryan outlines her top priorities for the Office—treating children as children, pursuing alternatives to detention so that children can remain at home and in their communities, and providing opportunities for young people who come into contact with the juvenile justice system. A commitment to racial equity and fairness permeates and unites them.

OJJDP FY 2022 Juvenile Justice System Reform and Reinvestment Initiative

Closing Date
Grants.gov Deadline
Application JustGrants Deadline
This program will support states' implementation of innovative and/or research-based, data-informed recidivism-reduction policies, practices, and programs across multiple juvenile justice system components and disciplines.

Juvenile Justice System Reform Training and Technical Assistance

The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center—in partnership with the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University and the University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute—will provide training and technical assistance (TTA) to assist states to develop and implement research-based, data-informed policies, practices, and resource allocation strategies that reduce recidivism, reduce racial and ethnic disparities, and improve outcomes for youth in the juvenile justice system...