News in Brief

Latest Issue of Justice Resource Update Features OJP's Evidence-Based Approaches

The June 2010 issue of the Office of Justice Programs' (OJP's) Justice Resource Update e-newsletter features a closed-caption video in which Assistant Attorney General Laurie Robinson describes the integration of evidence-based approaches into OJP's activities. The issue also includes a call for peer reviewers, advance notice of upcoming reports from OJP's Bureau of Justice Statistics, and an announcement of state and local criminal justice grants from OJP's Bureau of Justice Assistance, among other matters.

Report Provides Data and Trends in Juvenile Court Cases

National Center for Juvenile Justice Report, Juvenile Court Statistics, 2006-2007The National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ) has published Juvenile Court Statistics, 2006–2007, which was developed with funding from OJJDP. Drawing on data from the National Juvenile Court Data Archive, the report profiles the nearly 1.7 million delinquency cases handled each year by U.S. courts with juvenile jurisdiction in 2006 and 2007. It also describes trends in delinquency cases processed by juvenile courts between 1985 and 2007 and status offense cases handled between 1995 and 2007. Juvenile Court Statistics, 2006–2007 is available online, via OJJDP's Statistical Briefing Book.

As described in the New Publications section of this issue, OJJDP has released four fact sheets providing data derived from NCJJ's report: Delinquency Cases in Juvenile Court, 2007; Delinquency Cases Waived to Criminal Court, 2007; Juvenile Delinquency Probation Caseload, 2007; and Person Offense Cases in Juvenile Court, 2007.

Bulletin on History of Gangs Available

cover of History of Street Gangs in the United States The National Gang Center has released a new bulletin, History of Street Gangs in the United States, which reviews the chronology of major historical events associated with the emergence of street gangs in each of four major geographic regions. This publication also places emphasis on older gangs—traditional street gangs—and their involvement in violent criminal activity and other serious crimes.

The National Gang Center is a collaborative effort between the Office of Justice Programs' Bureau of Justice Assistance and OJJDP. This partnership works to provide a comprehensive range of approaches to respond to street gangs, from prevention and intervention to criminal justice strategies such as suppression, prosecution, and reentry.

OJJDP Offers Workshops at Colloquium on Child Abuse

The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children held its 18th Annual Colloquium in New Orleans, LA, on June 23–26, 2010. The event offered 95 workshops that addressed all aspects of child maltreatment including prevention, assessment, intervention, and treatment. OJJDP provided workshops on a wide range of topics, including interviewing children about domestic violence, the identification of child mortality due to maltreatment, child forensic interviews, the use of the Internet by child molesters to sexually exploit children, and preparing to defend child interviews in court.

America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2010

America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2010Each year since 1997, the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics has published a report on the well-being of children and families. The forum, which consists of 22 government agencies, including OJJDP, fosters coordination and collaboration in the collection and reporting of federal data on children and families. The yearly report offers the most recently available major federal statistics on children and youth in the following areas: family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education, and health.

America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2010 indicates statistically significant decreases in preterm births, low birthweight, infant mortality, and substantiated reports of child maltreatment. Births to females ages 15 to 17 also decreased. More children had health insurance. Positive trends were found also in academic achievement: reading and mathematics scores for 4th and 8th graders increased, as did reading scores for 12th graders. However, the number of households with children reporting shelter cost burden, crowding, and physically inadequate housing went up, as did the number of children living in poverty. Children in households classified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as "food insecure" increased, while the number of children living with at least one parent employed full time year-round decreased.

Copies of America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2010 may be ordered from the National Criminal Justice Reference Service Web site.

August 24–26: National Conference on Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention

The 11th Annual Conference on Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention will take place August 24–26, 2010, at the Marriott Convention Center in New Orleans, LA. Workshop topics include early childhood sexuality and abuse prevention; sexual revictimization in children; school-based intervention programs; sexting, bullying, and online peer harassment; how child abuse impacts Latino families; and educating the community to protect against child abuse and exploitation. Online registration is available. Attendees may also print a registration form.

American Society of Criminology To Meet in November

The annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology (ASC) will be held November 17–20, 2010, in San Francisco, CA, at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis Hotel. This year's conference, Crime and Social Institutions, will explore the relationship between crime and the economy, the family, education, the polity, and religion. Other topic areas will include the causes of crime and criminal behavior, different types of offending, correlates of crime (gangs, substance abuse, mental health issues, etc.), social responses to crime, and innovative methods in research and training. The conference also will feature poster presentations, roundtable sessions, and "author meets critics" sessions, which consist of one author and three to four critics discussing and critiquing a recently published book relevant to ASC. To learn more about the program and to register, visit the ASC Web site.