New Publications

All OJJDP publications may be viewed 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.

Highlights of the 2008 National Youth Gang Survey (Fact Sheet)
NCJ 229249

Highlights of the 2008 National Youth Gang SurveyThis fact sheet reports that gang activity remains a widespread problem across the United States, with prevalence rates remaining significantly elevated in 2008 compared with recorded lows in the early 2000s. The National Gang Center estimates that 32.4 percent of all cities, suburban areas, towns, and rural counties experienced gang problems in 2008. This represents a 15-percent increase from the 2002 figure. Approximately 774,000 gang members and 27,900 gangs are estimated to have been active in the United States in 2008. The number of gangs increased by 28 percent and the number of gang members increased by 6 percent from 2002 to 2008.

Juveniles in Residential Placement, 1997–2008 (Bulletin)
NCJ 229379

Juveniles in Residential Placement, 1997-2008Data cited in this fact sheet are derived from the Census of Juveniles in Residential Placement and the Juvenile Residential Facility Census. As the fact sheet confirms, the number of juvenile offenders in residential placement in publicly and privately operated juvenile facilities has declined steadily since 2000. In 2008, fewer than 81,000 juvenile offenders were housed in residential facilities at the time of the census, the lowest number since 1993.

Youth's Needs and Services: Findings From the Survey of Youth in Residential Placement (Bulletin)
NCJ 227728

Youth's Needs and Services: Findings From the Survey of Youth in Residential PlacementThe Survey of Youth in Residential Placement (SYRP) interviewed juveniles in custody, providing an unprecedented inside look at their experiences. To assist practitioners, policymakers, and the public in better understanding the issues facing youth in custody, OJJDP has launched a bulletin series that describes in detail the SYRP study and its findings. The second bulletin in the series, Youth's Needs and Services: Findings From the Survey of Youth in Residential Placement, includes comprehensive information about juveniles' recent mental and emotional symptoms, their emotional issues, and available treatment for such problems.

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Causes and Correlates of Girls' Delinquency (Girls Study Group Bulletin)
NCJ 226358

Causes and Correlates of Girls' DelinquencyAlthough the literature examining the causes and correlates of male delinquency is extensive, the extent to which these factors explain and predict delinquency for girls remains unclear. This bulletin, part of the Girls Study Group series, summarizes the results of an extensive review of more than 1,600 articles and book chapters from the social science scientific literature on individual-level risk factors for delinquency and factors related to family, peers, schools, and communities. The review, which focused on girls ages 11 to 18, also examined whether these factors are gender neutral, gender specific, or gender sensitive. To better understand the causes and correlates of girls' delinquency, this bulletin examines evidence from research studies that have explored the dynamics of girls' delinquency and risk behavior.

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When Your Child Is Missing: A Family Survival Guide
NCJ 228735

Each year, nearly 1.3 million children are reported missing. Although the unforeseen absence of a child is always upsetting, fortunately most missing children are returned home in a short period of time. This fact, however, provides little consolation for the parents of children whose whereabouts and welfare remain unknown. When Your Child Is Missing: A Family Survival Guide was written 12 years ago by parents who had experienced firsthand the trauma of a missing child and who wanted to help other parents facing the same overpowering loss. It provides firsthand knowledge and sound advice about what to do when your child is missing, whom to contact, and how to best help law enforcement. To ensure that the information it provides is as helpful as possible, the guide has been thoroughly revised and updated. It includes information on new technologies, particularly those that play a role in facilitating Internet crimes against children.