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OJJDP News @ A Glance
November | December 2009

printer friendly version button   Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention  ·  Jeff Slowikowski, Acting Administrator
New Publications

All OJJDP publications may be viewed on and downloaded from the publications section of the OJJDP Web site. Print publications also may be ordered online at the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Web site.

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Juveniles Who Commit Sex Offenses Against Minors (Bulletin)

Strengthening Indian Country Through Tribal Youth ProgramsThis bulletin presents population-based epidemiological information about the characteristics of juvenile offenders who commit sex offenses against minors. The authors analyze data from the FBI's National Incident-Based Reporting System to describe the characteristics of the juvenile sex offender population who have come to the attention of law enforcement. Key findings include:

  • Juveniles account for more than one-third (36 percent) of those known to police to have committed sex offenses against minors.
  • Juveniles who commit sex offenses against other children are more likely than adult sex offenders to offend in groups, at schools, and to have more male and younger victims.

Findings may support the development of research-based interventions and policies to reduce sexual assault and child molestation as perpetrated by juvenile offenders.

Strengthening Indian Country Through Tribal Youth Programs (Report)

Strengthening Indian Country Through Tribal Youth ProgramsThis report—released by OJJDP and the American Youth Policy Forum—shows how OJJDP's Tribal Youth Program (TYP) is empowering Native American youth and reinforcing cultural connections in tribal communities. Established in 1999, OJJDP’s Tribal Youth Program awards grants to American Indian and Alaska Native communities to control delinquency and improve their juvenile justice systems. TYP grantees offer after-school activities for at-risk tribal youth. They focus on building family relationships, providing mental health services, preventing substance abuse, and educating youth about tribal culture. The report presents findings from a series of site visits, focus groups, and individual interviews with staff and community members at TYP sites across the country in 2007 and 2008.

Juvenile Arrests 2008 (Bulletin)

Juvenile Arrests 2008 BulletinIn 2008, juvenile arrests disproportionately involved minorities and females accounted for 30 percent of all juvenile arrests. Overall, there were 3-percent fewer juvenile arrests in 2008 than in 2007, and juvenile arrest rates for violent crimes fell 2 percent, continuing a recent decline. This annual bulletin highlights statistics and trends for juvenile arrests in 2008 compiled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program, which gathers crime and arrest statistics from local law enforcement agencies across the country. Other highlights of the bulletin’s findings include an analysis of juvenile murder victims, the total number of juveniles arrested in 2008, and a percentage analysis of juvenile involvement in violent crime by offense.

Juvenile Arrests 2008 may be viewed and downloaded from the publications section of the OJJDP Web site. Printed copies may be ordered on the NCJRS Web site.