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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 meeting, hosted by the U.S. Department of Justice, was held September 8, 2006, at the Office of Justice Programs. Following opening remarks by J. Robert Flores, Administrator, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the meeting featured an overview of research findings about at-risk youth and other juvenile justice issues and trends. Howard Snyder, National Center on Juvenile Justice; Rolf Loeber, University of Pittsburgh; Joseph Cocozza, National Center on Mental Health in Juvenile Justice; and Andrea Sedlak, Westat, Inc. discussed the latest findings from the juvenile justice field. In addition, the meeting addressed such issues as disproportionate minority contact, waivers and transfers, gangs, and research on runaway youth and transitional living programs.

The Council's next meeting will be held on Friday, December 1, 2006. 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 chaired by the Attorney General and includes 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.





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