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Coordinating Council and OJJDP To Sponsor National Conference on Juvenile Justice

Building on Success: Conference logoThe Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, with support from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, will host the 2006 National Conference, "Building on Success: Providing Today's Youth With Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow," January 9–13, 2006, in Washington, DC. Preconference training sessions begin on Monday, January 9. Workshops and plenary sessions begin on Tuesday, January 10.

Preconference sessions. Topics of the three full-day preconference training sessions will be truancy reduction, community-based problem assessment in planning for juvenile justice programs, and identifying and addressing disproportionate minority contact.

Workshops. Tuesday's workshops will set the stage for the conference, discussing "who we are and why we're here," current research and developmental pathways, youth in institutions, and youth with the greatest needs. Wednesday's workshops will offer more specifics on these topics. On Thursday, workshops will highlight what works—good programs and practices—and will include "cyber workshop" sessions demonstrating community planning tools.

Plenary sessions. The conference's plenary sessions will revolve around four main themes from the final report of the White House Task Force on Disadvantaged Youth: helping youth with the greatest need, strengthening families, holding programs (and ourselves) accountable, and identifying what works.

In addition, the agenda will allow plenty of time for networking and viewing exhibits.

For More Information

Visit the National Conference Web site for registration information and the latest conference updates. Registration deadline is December 9, 2005. For e-mail notifications about the conference and other juvenile justice news, subscribe to JUVJUST, OJJDP's electronic listserv.

OJJDP sponsored three national conferences during August and September 2005.

Crimes Against ChildrenAnnual Conference Explores Strategies for Combating Child Victimization

The 17th annual Crimes Against Children Conference was held August 15–17 in Dallas, TX. Sponsored by OJJDP and presented by the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center and the Dallas Police Department, the conference brought together hundreds of law enforcement officers and others who work directly with cases involving crimes against children. Participants attended workshops on investigative techniques, legal issues, and other topics.

The 4th annual Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Conference was held in conjunction with the annual Crimes Against Children Conference. OJJDP Administrator J. Robert Flores addressed the opening session of the ICAC gathering. Mr. Flores stressed the need for continued efforts to address child exploitation and thanked the participants for all their work in protecting our nation's children.

National Leadership Conference Highlights Underage Drinking Prevention Efforts

Administrator Flores also addressed participants at the OJJDP Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center's 6th Annual National Leadership Conference, held August 18–20 in Tucson, AZ. The theme of the conference was "Law Enforcement and Communities: Sustaining Progress, Blazing New Trails." Plenary and workshop sessions offered guidance on how to establish linkages between law enforcement agencies and community advocates, develop a strategic plan, and document success at the local level.

Philadelphia Conference Focuses on School Violence Prevention

The Hamilton Fish Institute presented "Persistently Safe Schools," a comprehensive conference covering the latest research and practices in school violence prevention, September 11–14, in Philadelphia, PA. The goal of this annual OJJDP-sponsored conference, which brings together teachers, researchers, and school administrators from across the nation, is to translate the latest research on school violence and its prevention into improved professional practice and strategies for schools. Administrator Flores gave a keynote address on the conference's third day. He emphasized the need to continue the coordination of services for at-risk youth to help prevent violence and encourage positive youth development.

OJJDP Web Site Has Enhanced Homepage

Beginning in October 2005, OJJDP's Web site features an enhanced homepage that provides expanded coverage of news, publications, and events. Three new sections make the homepage more informative and easier to use: "Spotlight" (expanded coverage of the latest developments concerning the nation's youth), "Headlines" (links to additional juvenile justice news), and "Tools For You" (information targeted to users' needs).

Comments and suggestions about the new homepage are welcome (e-mail [address to come] or respond to the pop-up user survey).

New Guidelines Seek To Improve Court Handling of Juvenile Delinquency Cases

Juvenile Delinquency GuidelinesJuvenile Delinquency Guidelines: Improving Court Practice in Juvenile Delinquency Cases was released on July 20, 2005, by J. Robert Flores, OJJDP Administrator, and Mary Mentaberry, Executive Director of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ). A cooperative effort by NCJFCJ and OJJDP, the guidelines define key principles of a "juvenile delinquency court of excellence" and set forth essential elements of effective practice for each court process involved in handling delinquency cases, from intake through postdisposition review. The guidelines also discuss implementation issues and provide checklists, a glossary, and resource materials.

Public Awareness Campaigns Promote Mentoring and Internet Safety

As part of its effort to support mentoring nationwide, OJJDP developed a promotional campaign to encourage adults to become mentors by learning about the benefits and availability of mentoring opportunities. As part of the campaign, ads have appeared in the official programs of the 2003 and 2004 Major League Baseball League Championships and World Series games and the 2004 and 2005 All Star games. A mentoring promotion from OJJDP also appeared in Vista, the nation's oldest dual-language magazine serving the Hispanic community. This October, OJJDP will again continue its campaign in the League Championship and World Series programs. Being a mentor feels something like this.
In 2005, OJJDP launched an Internet safety campaign aimed at parents and children. The baseball-themed "Safe at Home" ads carried a message from President Bush in which he noted that "Parents need to pay as much attention to their children when they're on the Internet as when on a playground." The ads appeared in the game programs for the 2005 Little League Regional Championships and World Series. Safe at home

New Publications

All publications may be viewed and downloaded at ojjdp.ncjrs.org/publications. Print publications may also be ordered from the Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse (order online at puborder.ncjrs.org or call 800–851–3420).

In the Pipeline: Juvenile Offenders and Victims: 2006 National Report

Juvenile Offenders and Victims: 1999 National Report is the most comprehensive source to date of information about juvenile crime and victimization and about the response of the juvenile justice system to these problems. In early 2006, OJJDP will release Juvenile Offenders and Victims: 2006 National Report. Like its predecessor, the new report will compile the latest available statistics from a variety of sources, presenting information in easy-to-read tables, graphs, and maps, and analyzing the statistics in clear, nontechnical language. It will cover recent juvenile population trends; patterns of juvenile offending and victimization; and the structure, procedures, and activities of the juvenile justice system, including law enforcement agencies, courts, and corrections.

Recent statistical trends are also available online through OJJDP's Statistical Briefing Book and in a series of National Report Bulletins (select "National Report Series" on the OJJDP publication search page).

Now Available

Investigating Child FatalitiesInvestigating Child Fatalities. Provides concise, practical information for law enforcement officers investigating child fatalities that may be related to abuse or neglect. This Portable Guide explains how child fatalities differ from other types of homicide cases and offers specific guidelines for conducting the investigation, documenting the case, interrogating suspects, and testifying in court. The Guide also includes checklists of potential witnesses and information sources, a "tips and reminders" page, and resource information. (Portable Guide, August 2005, NCJ 209764).

Juvenile Arrests 2003. Summarizes and analyzes national and state juvenile arrest data presented in the FBI report Crime in the United States 2003. The Juvenile Arrests Bulletins, published annually, provide baseline information for those who monitor the nation's progress in addressing juvenile crime. The 2003 Bulletin documents the continuing decline in juvenile arrest rates for both Violent Crime Index and Property Crime Index offenses but also notes substantial increases in rates for simple assault and drug abuse violations. (Bulletin, August 2005, NCJ 209735)

Juvenile Court Statistics 2000Juvenile Court Statistics 2000. Profiles more than 1.6 million delinquency cases handled by juvenile courts in 2000 and reviews judicial trends since 1985. This Report, the 74th in the Juvenile Court Statistics series, analyzes the offenses charged in delinquency cases, demographic characteristics of juveniles involved, sources of referral, and case processing (detention, intake decisions, waiver to criminal court, adjudication, and disposition). Produced by the National Center for Juvenile Justice, the Report also profiles status offense cases disposed between 1985 and 2000. Includes tables, figures, and an appendix with county and state-level case statistics for 2000. (Online Report, December 2004, NCJ 209736).

Funding Update

The following is a brief summary of OJJDP's recent funding activities. Be sure to check the Current Funding section of the OJJDP Web site for the latest news on OJJDP funding opportunities. To receive e-mail notification of new funding opportunities, subscribe to JUVJUST.

Recent Awards

Enforcing the Underage Drinking Laws

OJJDP recently awarded more than $20 million to 50 states and the District of Columbia through the Enforcing the Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) program, which supports activities in law enforcement, public education programs, and innovative methods for reaching youth. EUDL, which is the only federal initiative directed exclusively toward preventing underage drinking, consists of block grants to each state and the District of Columbia and discretionary awards to selected states to fund best and most promising activities at the local level. Each state and the District of Columbia received a $350,000 block grant award.

Additionally, California, Oregon, and Washington each received more than $1 million in discretionary awards through EUDL's Rural Communities Initiative, which organizes local communities, law enforcement agencies, juvenile departments, and judges to focus on issues that create a climate of acceptance for alcohol use among youth. The initiative supports media outreach programs that provide clear and precise messages about the dangers of binge drinking and driving after drinking as well as zero-tolerance policies for youthful offenders, including enforcement efforts targeting underage drinking parties.

For more information, read the OJP press release.

Safe Start: Promising Approaches for Children Exposed to Violence

OJJDP also recently awarded $6.2 million to 15 communities through Safe Start: Promising Approaches for Children Exposed to Violence, a program that supports children and families exposed to violence (including experiencing and witnessing violent crime, sexual and physical assault, child abuse, and domestic violence). Safe Start: Promising Approaches helps strengthen existing alliances among community groups (e.g., law enforcement, mental health practitioners, child welfare organizations, domestic violence victim advocates and providers), with the goal of supplying the best possible services for young children and families who have been exposed to violence or who are at risk of exposure.

Safe Start: Promising Approaches is the second phase of the Safe Start Initiative. The original Safe Start, which included 11 sites nationwide, began in 2000 and focused on developing a systemic response to the problem of children's exposure to violence. Those sites received initial Safe Start funding to implement systems and develop enhanced policies and practices within their communities to better identify and serve children exposed to violence.

For more information and a list of grantees, read the OJP press release.

News From the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

The Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is an independent body within the executive branch of the federal government. The Council's primary functions are to coordinate federal juvenile delinquency prevention programs, federal programs and activities that detain or care for unaccompanied juveniles, and federal programs relating to missing and exploited children.

The Council's most recent quarterly meeting was held September 9, 2005, at the Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building, Washington, DC. Highlights of the meeting included a review of federal efforts related to commercial sexual exploitation of children, a discussion of coordination to support children and youth affected by Hurricane Katrina, and an update on the status of the January 2006 national conference "Building on Success: Providing Today's Youth With Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow." The Council's next meeting is scheduled for December 2, 2005, and will be hosted by the Corporation for National and Community Service, Washington, DC.

For meeting summaries, information about the Council's mission, and links to related resources, visit the Council's Web site at juvenilecouncil.gov.

The Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is composed of the Attorney General (who serves as chairperson); the Administrator of OJJDP (vice chairperson); the Secretaries of Labor, Education, Health and Human Services, and Housing and Urban Development; the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security; the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy; and the Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Eight expert practitioners appointed by the President, the Senate Majority Leader, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives also serve as Council members.

OJJDP Staff News

Steve Antkowiak has been named as OJJDP's new Training Coordinator. Arriving from OJP's Bureau of Justice Assistance, Mr. Antkowiak has more than 7 years' experience in project management and the development and delivery of training and technical assistance resources. He previously worked in OJP's Drug Courts Program Office and in the private sector at Caliber Associates, where he managed projects in support of OJJDP's National Training and Technical Assistance Center. Mr. Antkowiak, who has collaborated extensively with professionals in the criminal and juvenile justice systems to improve system outcomes and reduce substance abuse and crime, received a bachelor's degree in criminology/criminal justice from the University of Maryland, where he is currently pursuing a master's degree in project management.

Janet Chiancone has been selected as OJJDP's new Research Coordinator. In this role, she will oversee coordination of the Office's research, evaluation, and statistical activities and will manage the development and implementation of its research agenda. Previously, Ms. Chiancone was a Program Manager in OJJDP's Demonstration Programs Division and also served in OJJDP's Research and Program Development Division, where she managed research and evaluation projects in the areas of juvenile justice statistics, truancy prevention, and juvenile courts. Prior to coming to OJJDP, Ms. Chiancone was a Research Associate at the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law, where she conducted research on parental kidnapping and child dependency court improvement and authored several articles summarizing social science research findings. Ms. Chiancone has a bachelor's degree in government and politics and also holds a master's degree in family and community development from the University of Maryland.

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