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May | June 2009

printer friendly version button   Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention  ·  Jeff Slowikowski, Acting Administrator
Updated Statistical Briefing Book Offers New Features and New Look

OJJDP's Statistical Briefing Book (SBB), an online tool featuring current statistics about juvenile crime and victimization, provides a wealth of information for practitioners, policymakers, the media, and the public. The site recently underwent several changes including a redesigned look and a more informative home page.

SBB includes a Frequently Asked Questions section, data analysis tools, and access to related publications. SBB is a primary source of information about the juvenile justice field in the United States and throughout the world. During fiscal year 2008, there were nearly 700,000 visits to SBB and more than 2.1 million page views on the site. The site is especially reliable because statistical data are continually updated, ensuring that users receive timely information.

SBB has recently been enhanced for easier, faster access to information. Direct links to several popular data analysis tools have been added. A new Did You Know? section offers new facts and information every time users visit the home page. The What's New section is now featured at the top of the page to facilitate user access to the most up-to-date information. Finally, the site has a new design and color scheme that coordinate with other components of OJJDP's Web resources.

Statistical Briefing Book website screenshot

The following are just a few examples of other recent SBB updates that are ensuring users have quick access to the most comprehensive, accurate, and up-to-date juvenile justice data available.

Users Praise Statistical Briefing Book

"The SBB is a great tool for faculty and students. The site is easy to navigate, and the information is timely and important. Also, the site provides us with the opportunity to examine data, develop our own tables, and try to determine what the trends are."

Alida V. Merlo, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Criminology
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Indiana, PA

"I use the SBB to find data for writing my papers for presentation and publication. The Frequently Asked Questions section is especially useful for class discussion and assignments. The data analysis tools are also a great way to engage students with the data and to teach them to recognize differences in data presentation."

Peter Benekos, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Criminology
Mercyhurst College
Erie, PA