News in Brief

Attorney General Releases Solicitation To Address Children's Exposure to Violence

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) invites applications to the Attorney General's Children Exposed to Violence (CEV) Demonstration Program: Phase I. The deadline for submission is 3 p.m. eastern time on June 1, 2010. The program will develop and support comprehensive community-based strategic planning and implementation to prevent and reduce the impact of children's exposure to violence in their homes, schools, and communities. DOJ will fund as many as eight communities for 24-month projects. The first 12 months will be limited to planning. After the planning year, all sites will receive supplemental awards to begin implementation of activities. DOJ will select four of the communities as full demonstration sites to receive substantial support on an invitation-only competition. The remaining four sites will receive supplemental funding for specific program services under DOJ guidelines. For more information on this and related solicitations from the Office of Justice Programs for the Attorney General's CEV initiative, click here.

Other news: A new science research digest component and an evidence-based guide to developing and implementing programs to address children's exposure to violence are now available on OJJDP's Safe Start Web site.

Attorney General Sets Up Tribal Council and Submits Plan of Action

Attorney General Eric Holder has created the Tribal Nations Leadership Council, a group of 12 tribal leaders from around the country that will meet twice a year to advise the Attorney General on a broad range of issues related to Indian country. In addition, the Justice Department has made public its plan of action, submitted to the Office of Management and Budget, to improve consultation and coordination between the Justice Department and tribal nations, as directed by President Barack Obama's Memorandum on Tribal Consultation.

NIJ's Annual Conference Scheduled for June 14–16

The 2010 NIJ Conference will be held June 14–16, 2010, at the Marriott Crystal Gateway in Arlington, VA. For more than a decade, NIJ's annual conference has brought together criminal justice scholars, policymakers, and practitioners at the local, state and federal levels to share the most recent findings from research and technology. The conference showcases what works, what doesn't work, and what the research shows as promising. Registration is free.

OJJDP Announces 12th Annual Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Conference

Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Conference logoThis year's Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws conference, "Building Community Futures With Blueprints for Success," will be held August 18–20, with preconference activities on August 17 in Anaheim, CA. For more information, click here.

OJJDP Finalizing Fiscal Year 2010 Program Plan

During the public comment period that followed the December 2009 publication of OJJDP's Proposed Plan for Fiscal Year 2010 in the Federal Register, the Office received 150 individual comments from the field. Taking into consideration these comments, OJJDP is currently preparing its Final Plan, to be published in the Federal Register in the coming weeks. Comments addressed many of the program areas and activities that OJJDP is currently engaged in. Detention and corrections reform was the topic that elicited the most responses. Other areas that drew comments were the reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, disproportionate minority contact, mentoring, gender-specific issues, and family violence.

OJJDP Holds Listening Session on Training and Technical Assistance

On February 25, 2010, OJJDP officials and staff as well as representatives of other components of the Office of Justice Programs met with training and technical assistance (TTA) experts in Washington, DC, to discuss trends and challenges in the TTA field. OJJDP representatives at the meeting included Jeff Slowikowski, Acting Administrator; Melodee Hanes, Acting Deputy Administrator for Policy; and Marilyn Roberts, Deputy Administrator for Programs. Participants identified major trends in the field including the need for evidence-based practices, strategies to address the problem of disproportionate minority contact within the juvenile justice system, and gender-responsive mental health services. Major challenges cited were the marketing of TTA services to rural and tribal areas, many of which do not have Internet access; high staff turnover; the need to provide culturally appropriate services; and the need for national standards for TTA. The session was the fifth in a series of listening sessions organized by OJJDP to create an ongoing dialog with policymakers and practitioners on current issues facing the juvenile justice field.

Safe Start Center Publishes New Issue Briefs

Safe Start logoOJJDP's Safe Start Center has announced the publication of two new issue briefs in the Center's series, Moving From Evidence to Action: Safe Start Center Series on Children Exposed to Violence. One brief, Schools, provides teachers, principals, counselors, and other school personnel with evidence-based strategies for assisting students who have been exposed to violence. The other, Homeless Shelters, Permanent/Supportive Housing, and Transitional Housing, offers providers of services to the homeless with trauma-focused interventions that can be used to build the resilience and ensure the well-being of children and families exposed to violence. Copies may be ordered online.