June Is National Internet Safety Month
In May 2007, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed Senate Resolution 205, naming June National Internet Safety Month to raise awareness about threats posed by the Internet and encourage safe and responsible Internet usage. OJJDP is working to keep children safe online by supporting 61 Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task forces throughout the country. OJJDP also supports a number of Internet safety education and awareness programs, including Enough Is Enough, i-SAFE, WebWiseKids, and the IKeepSafe Internet Safety Coalition.
In recognition of this year's Internet Safety Month, the Office of Justice Programs' (OJP's) National Criminal Justice Reference Service is offering a comprehensive list of resources on Internet safety, including a special section on Internet Safety for Children. In addition, OnGuardOnline.gov, supported by OJP and other sponsors, has released Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online, a guide that helps parents, teachers, and other mentors start a conversation with children about navigating online communications safely. This publication is available in English and Spanish. Bulk print copies may be ordered at no cost.
DOJ Supports Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act's Reauthorization
"The U.S. Department of Justice strongly supports the reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act and commends the Committee on the Judiciary for its work on S. 678, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act of 2009," the Department of Justice declared in a letter from Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich to the Committee's chairman, Senator Patrick Leahy. Supporting and improving the juvenile justice system and preventing youth violence and delinquency are among Attorney General Eric Holder's top priorities, Weich noted.
"S. 678 will advance these goals through measures that provide juveniles with access to high-quality, effective juvenile justice and delinquency prevention programs and protect them from harmful conditions of confinement."
New Web-Based Resource Offers Guidance on Grants Process
OJP has announced the availability of OJP Grants 101, a new online resource for prospective grantees featuring step-by-step guidance on how to apply for funding. OJP Grants 101 provides an overview of the OJP grant process for competitive and noncompetitive programs, tips on how to find funding opportunities and write strong applications as well as a description of the application review process, and links to other resources, including the OJP Financial Guide and sample application materials.
OJJDP Publishes FY 2010 Program Plan
OJJDP published its Final Plan for fiscal year 2010 in the May 20, 2010, Federal Register. The Final Plan describes discretionary program activities that OJJDP intends to carry out during the current fiscal year. The Plan's development was guided by priorities of the U.S. Department of Justice set forth by the Attorney General and took into account the 150 submissions received in response to OJJDP's request for comments on its Proposed Plan, published in the Federal Register last December.
Bureau of Justice Assistance Information Added to SMART System
The Socioeconomic Mapping and Resource Topography (SMART) system now includes comprehensive information and resources from OJP's Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). BJA has supplied information about the support it provides for law enforcement, corrections, treatment, victim services, technology, and prevention initiatives that strengthen the nation's criminal justice system. This enhancement to SMART furthers the system's goal of ensuring that stakeholders consider all available support before making critical decisions about the allocation of scarce resources. For more information on the SMART system, see OJJDP's In Focus fact sheet, Get SMARTMapping Resources for Crime and Delinquency Prevention.
National Forum on Criminal Justice & Public Safety Set for August 13
The 2010 National Forum on Criminal Justice & Public Safety, "Navigating Evidence-Based Policies and Practices," will convene leaders from state, tribal, and local governments and the private sector to work collaboratively to improve community safety and implement the most effective evidence-based policies and practices. Sponsored by the National Criminal Justice Association and the Integrated Justice Information Systems Institute in partnership with OJP's Bureau of Justice Assistance, the conference will include a broad array of plenary sessions led by national experts. The forum's agenda provides ample opportunities to engage colleagues and presenters in discussion and conversation. To register, go to www.national-forum.net/registration2010.html.
22nd Annual Crimes Against Children Conference Scheduled for August 912
The Crimes Against Children Conference is a nationally and internationally recognized conference for professionals from the fields of law enforcement, prosecution, child protective services, social work, children's advocacy, therapy, and medicine who work directly with child victims of crime. Scheduled for August 912, 2010, in Dallas, TX, the conference will provide practical instruction and the most up-to-date information for combating the many and varied forms of crime committed against children. The conference has grown steadily since it was established in 1988. Last year's conference drew nearly 3,300 participants. Conference faculty has now surpassed 200. In addition to traditional topics, the conference has added seven tracks of computer lab training for professionals working on Internet-related crimes. For registration information, visit www.cacconference.org/dcac/p-8.aspx.