News in Brief

Justice Department Awards $127 Million To Improve Tribal Public Safety and Criminal Justice

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Associate Attorney General Tom Perrelli announcing Justice Department awards for public safety programs in Indian country.

On September 15, 2010, Associate Attorney General Tom Perrelli announced that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) will award almost $127 million to support the public safety initiatives of federally recognized tribes. The grants will enhance law enforcement, bolster justice systems, prevent youth substance abuse, serve sexual assault and elder victims, and support other efforts to combat crime. These grants are the first under the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS), a new effort combining 10 different DOJ grant programs into a single solicitation.

"Today, we take another major step toward true nation-to-nation collaboration," said Perrelli. "CTAS is not only a more streamlined grant-making process, it is part of the department's broader strategy of increased engagement with tribal communities across a broad range of areas."

The complete list of the fiscal year 2010 CTAS grantees is available at DOJ's Tribal Justice and Safety Web site. To read Associate Attorney General Perrelli's remarks in full, visit the DOJ Web site.

Office of Justice Programs Announces Funding for Mentoring and Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Programs

On September 15, 2010, DOJ's Office of Justice Programs (OJP) announced $60 million in discretionary awards to leading national organizations to strengthen, expand, and implement youth-mentoring activities and youth-development programming throughout the nation. An additional $37 million in grants to local mentoring organizations were awarded in fiscal year 2010. These grants are administered by OJJDP. The $60 million in discretionary funds were awarded to the following organizations:

Boys & Girls Clubs of America—$40 million.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America—$10 million.
National Association of Police Athletic/Activities Leagues, Inc.—$5 million.
National 4-H Council Program Operations—$5 million.

For more information about these awards, visit OJP's Web site.

In addition, the Office announced more than $20 million in grants to enforce state and local underage drinking laws nationwide. The grant awards support law enforcement, public education, and coalition-building activities to address underage access to and consumption of alcohol. The announcement was made at OJJDP's 12th Annual National EUDL Leadership Conference, held on August 18–20, 2010, in Anaheim, CA.

All fiscal year 2010 awards will be posted on the OJJDP Web site in the coming weeks.

OJJDP and National Academy of Sciences To Assess Juvenile Justice Reform

With funding from OJJDP, the National Academy of Sciences will conduct a 2-year study to assess the impact of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended, and its core requirements on juvenile justice policies and practices. The committee overseeing the Assessing Juvenile Justice Reform project held its first public meeting on August 4–5, 2010, in Washington, DC. Jeff Slowikowski, OJJDP Acting Administrator; Melodee Hanes, Deputy Administrator for Policy; and other OJJDP staff addressed the session.

OJJDP Invites Manuscripts for Upcoming Journal of Juvenile Justice

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OJJDP will launch its new, online, peer-reviewed Journal of Juvenile Justice at the annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, which will be held March 15, 2011, in Toronto, Canada.

Authors are invited to submit manuscripts for consideration for publication in the first two issues of the journal scheduled for release in 2011. Proposed articles may address a range of juvenile justice-related issues, such as delinquency prevention, intervention and treatment, and juvenile victimization. Readers are anticipated to include researchers, clinicians, practitioners, administrators, policy analysts, educators, and students.

To access instructions for authors and other relevant information, visit the journal's manuscript submission site. Questions may be e-mailed to the journal's managing editor, Monica Robbers.

2010 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Awards Presented

The Council of Juvenile Corrections Administrators (CJCA) presented awards to three juvenile justice facilities for excellence in implementing Performance-based Standards (PbS) for Youth Correction and Detention Facilities. PbS is a system for agencies and facilities to identify, monitor, and improve conditions and treatment services provided to incarcerated youth using national standards and outcome measures. The PbS award was presented at the third annual CJCA Leadership Conference on October 1, 2010, in Chicago, IL. The winners were the Loysville Youth Development Center (PA), the New Haven Juvenile Detention Center (CT), and the Coastal Evaluation Center (SC).

Launched by OJJDP in 1995, the PbS system provides a set of goals and standards for individual facilities and agencies, tools to help facilities achieve these standards through regular self-assessment and self-improvement, reports that allow facilities to evaluate performance over time and in comparison to similar facilities, and promotion and sharing of effective practices and support among facilities. Facilities work with PbS consultants to identify areas that need improvement and then develop and implement a detailed improvement plan.

The award is named after Barbara Allen-Hagen, who, during her 30-year tenure at OJJDP, was instrumental in the design and development of the PbS system. PbS was one of five recipients of the 2004 Innovations in American Government Award from the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University and the Council for Excellence in Government.

Upcoming Events—

OJJDP Training Day: October 22, 2010

OJJDP's State Relations and Assistance Division will hold a 1-day training for key state agency staff responsible for implementing the federal juvenile justice grant programs administered by OJJDP and maintaining compliance with the core protections of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. The training is targeted for new Juvenile Justice Specialists, Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Coordinators, and new Compliance Monitors.

Bullying Prevention Webinar: October 27, 2010

OJJDP will host a Bullying Prevention Webinar as a followup event to the recent Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention summit in Washington, DC. The Webinar, scheduled for October 27, 2010, will enable summit participants and other professionals in the field to recapture the information shared at the summit and to expand their knowledge on how to effectively deal with issues associated with bullying and cyberbullying. The Webinar will serve as a free training tool for practitioners throughout the country.

The Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention summit was held in Washington, DC, on August 11–12, 2010. The summit was jointly organized by the U.S. Departments of Education, Justice, Health and Human Services, Defense, Agriculture, and the Interior; and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The summit brought together professionals involved in helping to prevent and reduce bullying and cyberbullying in schools and communities across the country. Researchers, practitioners, federal officials, members of faith-based organizations, and youth attended. Speakers included Arne Duncan, Secretary of the Department of Education; Tom Perrelli, Associate Attorney General; and Dr. Regina M. Benjamin, Surgeon General of the United States.

Registration for the Bullying Prevention Webinar is available online or via e-mail.

International Bullying Prevention Association's Seventh Annual Conference: November 15–17, 2010

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This conference, "Challenge and Promise of the Cyberworld: Bullying Prevention in the Age of the Internet," will showcase and present current evidence-based practices and resources that will help school personnel and community practitioners to create safe schools and neighborhoods that are free from bullying. The conference, which will take place in Seattle, WA, will cover a broad range of issues, including cyberbullying, cyberthreats, sexting, online aggression, and youth risk online. Although many of the sessions and panels will focus on the Internet, there will also be sessions on the prevention of traditional bullying. The conference will bring together educators, medical and mental health professionals, policymakers, law enforcement officers, attorneys, researchers, parents, college students, school board members, prevention specialists, and others.

22nd Annual National Dropout Prevention Conference: November 14–17, 2010

"From Rhetoric to Action: Ready, Set, Graduate!" will focus on ideas, proven programs, and research in the areas of transitioning from middle school to high school, parental involvement, urban education, best practices in multiple pathways to graduation, extended learning opportunities, legislative affairs, early warning indicators, career and technical education, and literacy strategies. Attendees will include juvenile justice professionals, school personnel, and other practitioners involved in the field of delinquency prevention. The conference, organized by the National Dropout Prevention Network, will take place in Philadelphia, PA.

SAMHSA Meeting To Promote Effective Juvenile Substance Abuse Treatment: December 14–16, 2010

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will hold its annual Joint Meeting on Adolescent Treatment Effectiveness (JMATE) in Baltimore, MD. Cosponsored by OJJDP and other SAMHSA partners, JMATE seeks to enhance adolescent substance abuse treatment and recovery by providing a forum for the exchange of information among researchers, practitioners, youth and their families, policymakers, and community members. The theme of the 2010 JMATE is "Synergy Envisioned—Action Inspired."

Save the Date: OJJDP National Conference in October 2011

On October 10–14, 2011, OJJDP will hold a national conference at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Oxon Hill, MD. The conference will bring together juvenile justice practitioners and policymakers from across the nation to share current trends and promising practices in the juvenile justice field. More information will be forthcoming in futures issues of OJJDP News @ a Glance.