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NCJ Number: NCJ 243534     Find in a Library
Title: OJJDP News @ a Glance, September/October 2013
Series: OJJDP News @ a Glance
Corporate Author: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 10/2013
Page Count: 1
Document: HTML 
Type: Program/Project Description
Language: English ; Spanish
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This means that the State should stop using U.S. Census Bureau data that count incarcerated people at correctional facility locations and begin counting them as residents at their home addresses for redistricting purposes. The process of drawing voting districts that each contain approximately the same number of people breaks down when a State relies on data that count an entire population in the wrong place. Crediting many thousands of incarcerated people to census blocks where they do not live as residents significantly enhances the weight of votes cast in districts that contain prisons; and it dilutes the votes cast in every other district. Connecticut State law provides that “No person shall be deemed to have lost his residence in any town by reason of his absence therefrom in any institution maintained by the State.“ Although Connecticut law prohibits people incarcerated for a felony from voting, approximately 28 percent of the prison population retains the right to vote either because those individuals are not convicted and awaiting trial, or because they were sentenced for a misdemeanor. The State statutes are explicit that when these individuals vote, they must do so as residents of their home communities. 1 table and appended discussion of “Prison Gerrymandering and Existing Population Deviations in Connecticut”
Abstract: The U.S. Department of Justice, OJJDP and other Federal agencies are working on many fronts to help youth affected by a parent’s incarceration to access the supports and services they need. A 1-day listening session at the White House on September 30, 2013 was part of this effort. At the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention’s third annual summit on September 26-27, 2013, administration officials, congressmen, mayors, police chiefs, community advocates, and youth from 10 cities shared their strategies for reducing and mitigating the impact of violence on the Nation’s youth. On September 25, 2013, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the National Research Council’s (NRC’s) Committee on Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States released their final report, which outlines the findings of a study of this issue in the United States. On September 23, 2013, OJJDP announced grant awards of just over $8 million to reduce youth violence in six sites under OJJDP‘s Community-based Violence Prevention program. OJJDP has released its latest National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence (NatSCEV). Survey results show the co-occurrence of victimization and delinquency among children exposed to violence.
Main Term(s): Juvenile justice system
Index Term(s): Juvenile delinquency factors ; Child Sexual Abuse ; Violent juvenile offenders ; Child abuse as delinquency factor ; Juvenile delinquency prevention programs ; Violence prevention
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