OJJDP News @ A Glance
OJJDP News @ A Glance
January | February 2011

  Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention  ·  Jeff Slowikowski, Acting Administrator
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AMBER Alerts for Abducted Children Now Available on Facebook

Assistant Attorney General Laurie O. Robinson
Assistant Attorney General Laurie O. Robinson
At a news conference on January 12, 2011, Laurie O. Robinson, Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) and National AMBER Alert Coordinator, joined representatives of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and Facebook as they announced a partnership to enable millions of Facebook users across the country receive AMBER Alerts via their accounts.

The AMBER Alert system issues media alerts when a law enforcement agency determines that a child has been abducted and is in imminent danger. The broadcasts provide information about the child and the abductor that can lead to the child's recovery, such as a physical description of each and a description of the abductor's vehicle. The goal of an AMBER Alert is to instantly galvanize the entire community to assist in the search for and the safe recovery of the child. OJP manages the program with the support of OJJDP.

"These efforts demonstrate the high priority this Administration places on child protection," said Assistant Attorney General Robinson. "While we can't fulfill every parent's dream and completely insulate children, we can promote programs and partnerships that protect children and help bring them home."

Facebook users in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands will be able to sign up to receive AMBER alerts for their region. The alerts will be sent to them through Facebook's news feed. Users of the social networking site who wish to receive AMBER Alerts may sign up on Facebook.

Facebook's new main page for AMBER Alerts
Facebook's new main page for AMBER Alerts provides access to AMBER Alerts for each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 2 U.S. territories. Facebook users may sign up to receive AMBER Alerts for their region.
The new Facebook pages will include one main page as well as 53 local pages, one for each of the 50 states plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Facebook users will also be able to share the AMBER Alerts with their friends. There are more than half a billion Facebook users worldwide.

"The social media enables law enforcement to reach way beyond our normal footprint," said Col. Steven Flaherty, Superintendent, Virginia State Police, at the press conference. "I can only imagine and dream what we'll be able to accomplish with this new tool in our toolbox."

The press conference was held the day before the 15th anniversary of the abduction and murder of 9-year-old Amber Hagerman of Arlington, TX. Although her case has never been solved, it prompted the creation in 1996 of the national AMBER (America's Missing Broadcast Emergency Response) Alert Program. Since that time, the program has grown into a network of 120 AMBER plans across the country. To date, the AMBER Alert program has been credited with the safe recovery of 525 children.

Resources:

An archived video of the press conference is available on Facebook. To learn more about the partnership between the U.S. Department of Justice, NCMEC, and Facebook, go to the OJP Web site and read Assistant Attorney General Robinson's blog posting dated January 12, 2011.



First Lady Addresses National Mentoring Summit
Image of 2011 National Mentoring Summit Logo

January 2011 marked the 10th anniversary of National Mentoring Month, a large-scale public service campaign held each year to recruit volunteer mentors to help young people achieve their full potential.

On January 25, 2011, First Lady Michelle Obama joined Attorney General Eric Holder and other top U.S. officials to emphasize the effectiveness of mentoring at the National Mentoring Summit held at the Library of Congress. Mrs. Obama announced The Corporate Mentoring Challenge, calling on U.S. corporations to identify ways to engage their workforce in mentoring activities that help young people in the communities where they operate gain leadership skills, achieve their educational goals, and increase their confidence.

"This is a program calling on businesses of all sizes to allow their employees to mentor for short periods during the work day, giving kids positive role models and offering employees a way to give back," said Mrs. Obama. "So many of these companies have long-standing relationships with local schools. They're connecting employees with kids who need help, whether it's in reading or writing. Others have provided grants to help build mentorship programs in areas where children often fall behind."

Companies already responding to The Corporate Mentoring Challenge include Bank of America, Deloitte, Viacom, Comcast, Bloomingdale's, Macy's, and AT&T. They are committing, within the next year, to one or all of the following: to continue building on existing mentoring programs through expansion, launching new programs, or developing new mentor tools and resources.

The summit, titled "Achieving Academic and Social Success: Supporting Youth Through Mentoring," was hosted by OJJDP in collaboration with MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the Harvard School of Public Health.

The summit brought together leading mentoring organizations, as well as government and civic leaders, to chart the future course of mentoring programs. Other federal officials who attended the summit included U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan; U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius; Patrick Corvington, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service; and Michael Strautmanis, Deputy Assistant to the President and Counselor for Strategic Engagement.

left quoteAcross our nation, mentors steer our youth through challenging times and support their journey into adulthood ... we honor these important individuals who unlock the potential and nurture the talent of our country, and we encourage more Americans to reach out and mentor young people in their community.right quote

—President Barack Obama
Presidential Proclamation,
National Mentoring Month

The summit was designed to build on the priority set by the Obama Administration to increase the graduation rate of high school students and to keep youth out of trouble. Every school day, about 7,000 students decide to drop out of school—a total of 1.2 million students each year—and only about 70 percent of entering high school freshman graduate every year. Without a high school diploma, young people are more likely to become involved in crime and substance abuse. They also can face significant obstacles to success in the workplace. Mentoring is an effective way to prevent at-risk youth from becoming involved in delinquency and to help already-delinquent youth change their lives for the better. Research has shown that volunteer mentors can play a powerful role in reducing drug abuse and youth violence as well as boosting academic achievement. Mentors help to build young people's character and confidence and help them navigate a path to success.

Three program tracks at the summit focused on mentoring research, mentoring in the juvenile justice arena, and innovative tools in the mentoring field. The summit highlighted current research, trends, and best practices. OJJDP's Acting Administrator Jeff Slowikowski and staff provided information on the Office's support of mentoring initiatives, which include, among a wide range of services, mentoring for youth in Indian country, reentry programs, and drug courts. In fiscal year 2010, OJJDP awarded about $100 million to national and local organizations to strengthen, expand, and implement youth mentoring activities and youth development programming throughout the nation.

Resources:

For more information about mentoring resources, go to the OJJDP Web site.



OJJDP Welcomes Fellows

With fiscal year 2010 funding, OJJDP has awarded fellowships in two of the Office's priority areas: tribal youth and juvenile justice, and children's exposure to violence (CEV). The 1-year fellowships are designed for professionals in the juvenile justice field to gain exposure to issues in policy, practice, and research at the national level while offering their expertise in the development of the Office's policy and programs. The fellowship recipients are working onsite at OJJDP in Washington, DC.

"The program provides fellows the opportunity to work closely with federal staff and grantees in a mutually beneficial exchange of information and perspectives," said Jeff Slowikowski, OJJDP's Acting Administrator.

The tribal youth fellowship helps the Office improve its partnership with federally recognized tribes on tribal justice matters and in support of tribal children and youth. The fellow coordinates efforts within OJJDP, the Department of Justice (DOJ), and across federal agencies to better address the needs of tribal communities. Two current areas of focus are the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's recommendations for enhancing federal practice regarding at-risk and delinquent tribal youth; and an indepth analysis of the 2010 Tribal Law and Order Act to identify areas for OJJDP advocacy and for recommendations on implementation.

The CEV fellow supports OJJDP's efforts in the area of children's exposure to violence by collaborating with practitioners, researchers, and trainers with expertise in children's exposure to violence to help implement cross-agency strategies, policies, and evidence-based practices. Exposure to violence includes being a victim of violence or a witness to violence and encompasses abuse, neglect or child maltreatment, domestic violence, and community violence. Among other activities, the fellow supports OJJDP's Safe Start Center and DOJ's new Defending Childhood initiative by helping design, develop, and assess initiatives and training programs, conduct research and evaluations, develop policy, and engage in outreach and awareness activities. The fellow also assists in the development of reports and publications.

Resources:

For more information on the fellowship in tribal youth and justice, contact OJJDP's tribal youth coordinator. To learn more about the CEV fellowship, contact the CEV program manager.


Upcoming Events

Children's Justice & SafetySave the Date: OJJDP's National Conference in October 2011

On October 12–14, 2011, OJJDP will hold its national conference at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD. The conference will bring together juvenile justice practitioners and policymakers from across the country to share current trends and evidence-based practices in the juvenile justice and victimization fields. More information will be forthcoming in futures issues of OJJDP News @ a Glance and on OJJDP's Web site. There will be no registration fee for the conference. Online registration will be available soon.



30th Annual National CASA Conference: March 19–22, 2011

The theme of the 30th Annual National Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) conference is "Building Hope for Youth." The conference, to be held in Chicago, IL, will feature a wide range of workshops and general sessions designed to enhance the skills and knowledge of professionals working to help children and youth in the dependency system. Attendees also will have opportunities to network with colleagues and peers from across the country. To register for the conference, go to the CASA Web site.

National Conference on Juvenile and Family Law: March 27–30, 2011

National Conference on Juvenile and Family Law: March 27–30, 2011The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) has scheduled its National Conference on Juvenile and Family Law for March 27–30, 2011, in Reno, NV. The conference will address a wide range of topics, including child abuse and neglect, mental health, delinquency, family law, domestic violence, and substance abuse. Innovations in programming and practice also will be presented with the goal of providing new opportunities for courts and communities to improve outcomes for children, youth, families, and victims. To register for the conference, visit the NCJFCJ Web site.

National Symposium on Child Abuse: March 28–31, 2011

The National Symposium on Child Abuse, an internationally recognized multidisciplinary training conference offering 130 workshops on child abuse prevention and intervention, will take place on March 28-31, 2011, in Huntsville, AL. Workshop tracks are designed specifically for professionals in the areas of administration, child protective services, interviewing, law enforcement, law, medicine, mental health, prevention, victim advocacy, and wellness. The 27th annual symposium is sponsored by the National Children's Advocacy Center, an organization that is committed to providing high-quality training for professionals in the fight against child abuse. To register for the symposium, visit the center's Web site.

Crime Mapping Research Conference: April 13–15, 2011Crime Mapping Research Conference: April 13–15, 2011

The National Institute of Justice's (NIJ's) Crime Mapping Research Conference, which will take place in Miami, FL, will present a range of research findings, practical applications, and technology demonstrations in the field of geographic information systems (GIS) and spatial analysis, tools that are being used with increasing effectiveness to combat crime. For more information about the conference, contact NIJ.

National Strategy Conference on Combating Child Exploitation: May 17–20, 2011

This conference, to be held in San Jose, CA, will include more than 150 lecture sessions and more than 70 interactive computer lab workshops. Training will be provided to Project Safe Childhood coalitions, Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task forces, and other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in the areas of investigation, forensics, prosecution, community outreach, and capacity-building. Participants will have the opportunity to hear keynote speakers, participate in interactive panel discussions, and network with other law enforcement agency personal and prosecutors dedicated to combating child exploitation. There will also be an exhibit hall that will present the latest technologies available in the field of child protection. For more information, visit the conference Web site.

2011 National Gang Symposium logoNational Gang Symposium: June 7–10, 2011

The next National Gang Symposium, cosponsored by the Office of Justice Programs' Bureau of Justice Assistance and OJJDP, will take place June 7–10, 2011, in Orlando, FL. The symposium will offer opportunities to learn about innovative and successful gang-related programs and strategies and will provide the latest information on youth gang activities and trends from national experts. The gathering is designed for law enforcement, court, probation, and corrections professionals; staff of community-based organizations; prosecutors; researchers; government officials; and other professionals involved in addressing the issue of youth involvement in gangs and gang violence. Plans for this event include presymposium workshops and more than 70 breakout sessions. To register, visit the National Gang Symposium's Web site.

Multi-System Integration Certificate Program: July 15–21, 2011

The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) at Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute will hold its Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare: Multi-System Integration Certificate Program for Public Sector Leaders in Washington, DC. Designed for public agency leaders working in juvenile justice, child welfare, and related systems, this week-long program uses a multisystem, multidisciplinary approach, focusing on efforts that benefit youth involved in more than one system of care. The application deadline is March 31, 2011. To obtain additional information and apply online, visit the CJJR Web site.

Annual Drug Court Training Conference: July 17–20, 2011

The National Association of Drug Court Professionals' annual training conference will include more than 20 tracks and 175 sessions on drugs and crime and a rally on Capitol Hill to raise awareness of the importance of the work of drug courts. Following the rally, participants will head to the halls of Congress to meet with Congress members and staff. To register for this event, go to the conference Web site.



News in Brief

North American Resource Center for Child WelfareOJJDP Affiliate Researcher Andrea Sedlak Receives Child Welfare Research Award

Andrea J. Sedlak, Ph.D., Vice President and Associate Director of Westat, and a long-term grantee with the OJJDP, received the 2011 A. Clayton Hughes Child Welfare Research Award. The Hughes award goes to a child welfare researcher whose work "exemplifies intellectual integrity and moral courage in transcending social and political barriers to promote best practice in child welfare."

Over the course of her career, Sedlak has authored a number of OJJDP bulletins and led some of OJJDP's prominent studies, including the Survey of Youth in Residential Placement and the National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway, and Thrownaway Children (NISMART). OJJDP celebrates Sedlak's contributions to the juvenile justice field and is honored to have her as a colleague.

DOJ Releases Proposed Prison Rape Elimination Act Standards for Public Comment

On February 3, 2011, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) published the proposed, "National Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Prison Rape," in the Federal Register. These guidelines are based on draft sexual assault prevention standards issued by the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission in 2009. The Attorney General has modified the Commission's proposed standards and issued this draft final rule that incorporates feedback received last year in response to the Department's call for comment. These proposed standards include guidelines for adult prisons/jails, lockups, juvenile facilities, and community confinement facilities. DOJ requests comments on the proposed final rule by April 4, 2011.

AAG Robinson and OJJDP Acting Administrator Slowikowski Discourage the Use of "Scared Straight" Programs

In an op-ed published January 31, 2011, in the Baltimore Sun, Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs Laurie O. Robinson and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's Acting Administrator Jeff Slowikowski discuss how the use of scared straight programs to prevent delinquency is ineffective and can harm youth.

Robinson and Slowikowski comment on a study by Anthony Petrosino and researchers at the Campbell Collaboration, which analyzed results from nine scared straight programs and found that participants were up to 28 percent more likely to offend in the future. As a result of such evidence, the U.S. Department of Justice does not support scared straight-style programs, and instead focuses on programs that research has proven effective, such as mentoring programs, which use positive relationships to modify youth's behavior.

Robinson and Slowikowski write, "The fact that [scared straight] programs are still being touted as effective, despite stark evidence to the contrary, is troubling."

U.S. Department of Justice Holds Meeting With Defending Childhood Representatives

Defending Childhood logo

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) hosted a meeting of Defending Childhood representatives from communities across the country on January 25–27, 2011. The meeting brought together the initiative's eight demonstration sites for a series of lectures, peer-to-peer exchanges, and dialog with DOJ leadership on the issue of children's exposure to violence. Attorney General Eric Holder, Associate Attorney General Tom Perrelli, and DOJ officials discussed the initiative with representatives and their ongoing efforts in their communities.

"I am grateful for this opportunity to discuss our shared goals—and your front-line efforts—to prevent, reduce, and combat childhood exposure to violence," said the Attorney General. "The issue of children's exposure to violence has been both a personal and professional concern for decades. As our nation's Attorney General, and as a parent of three young children, addressing this crisis—and implementing bold, innovative, and collaborative solutions—is a top priority."

Attorney General Holder launched the Defending Childhood initiative in September 2010 to focus on addressing children's exposure to violence. A key component of the initiative is a multiyear demonstration program, which includes DOJ funding for eight demonstration sites to develop and implement multidisciplinary strategies for preventing, intervening in, treating, and responding to the problem of children's exposure to violence.

OJJDP Solicits Comments on Proposed FY 2011 Program Plan

OJJDP has published a notice of its Proposed Plan for Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 in the January 12, 2011, Federal Register. The Proposed Plan describes discretionary program activities that OJJDP proposes to carry out during FY 2011. Taking into consideration comments received and its final FY 2011 appropriation, OJJDP will develop a Final Plan describing program activities that the Office intends to fund during FY 2011. The Final Plan will be published in the Federal Register. Comments on the Proposed Plan must be received by February 28, 2011, and may be submitted online or mailed to OJJDP. Online submission of comments is recommended.

OJJDP Invites Manuscripts for Upcoming Journal of Juvenile Justice

Journal of Juvenile Justice OJJDP will launch its new online, peer-reviewed journal, the Journal of Juvenile Justice at the annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, which will be held March 1–5, 2011, in Ontario, 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 broad 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.

Attorney General Holds Inaugural Meeting of Tribal Leadership Council

Attorney General Eric Holder
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
Attorney General Eric Holder convened the inaugural meeting of DOJ's Tribal Nations Leadership Council on December 15, 2010. The council, which consists of tribal leaders from across the country, will advise the Attorney General on issues critical to tribal communities. This marks the first time a council composed of tribal leaders selected by tribal governments will advise a cabinet member on an ongoing basis. Council members include one tribal leader from each of the 12 regions of the U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs, chosen by the tribes of each region; and two members from the Office of Justice Program's Tribal Justice Advisory Group. The creation of the council fulfills a pledge made by Attorney General Holder at DOJ's Tribal Nations Listening Session in October 2009. In addition to Attorney General Holder, tribal leaders met with senior leadership from numerous DOJ components. The Tribal Nations Leadership Council is expected to meet biannually.

Attorney General Addresses National Indian Nations Conference

On December 9–11, 2010, DOJ sponsored the 12th National Indian Nations Conference in Palm Springs, CA. Attorney General Eric Holder was the keynote speaker.

"With the passage of the Tribal Law and Order Act, we are witnessing tangible progress toward a healthier, brighter future for Native Americans," said Attorney General Holder. "I want to reaffirm the Justice Department's commitment—and my own commitment—to building and sustaining healthy and safe native communities, to renewing our nation's enduring promise to American Indians and Alaska Natives, to respecting the sovereignty and self-determination of tribal governments, and to ensuring that the progress we have achieved in recent years is not derailed."

The conference was coordinated by the Tribal Law and Policy Institute under a grant from DOJ's Office for Victims of Crime. The conference brought together American Indian victims, victim advocates, and federal and state agency representatives to share their knowledge, experiences, and ideas for developing programs that serve the unique needs of crime victims in Indian country.

DOJ's Civil Rights Division Releases Antibullying Video

On December 9, 2010, DOJ's Civil Rights Division released a video that focuses on stopping bullying and harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth, as well as other youth who do not conform to traditional expectations about gender roles or appearance. The video is part of the Division's "It Gets Better" project, in which LGBT adults and straight allies share experiences to show youth that life gets better after high school.

Irving Spergel
Irving Spergel, Ph.D.

OJJDP Remembers Irving Spergel, Creator of the OJJDP Comprehensive Gang Model

Irving Spergel, pioneering expert on gang prevention and founder of OJJDP's Comprehensive Gang Model, passed away on December 3, 2010. Spergel's model has been adopted by more than 20 cities in the United States and has become a central component of OJJDP's and the Bureau of Justice Assistance's National Gang Center's work. "Dr. Spergel's pioneering research and early development of the Comprehensive Gang Model laid the groundwork for OJJDP's evolving response to youth gangs," said Jeff Slowikowski, Acting Administrator at OJJDP. "With his passing, OJJDP has lost a great friend and colleague."

Evidence-Based Practices Discussed at Center for Juvenile Justice Reform Symposium

At a symposium organized by the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) at Georgetown University on December 3, 2010, Assistant Attorney General Laurie Robinson noted that OJJDP's Comprehensive Strategy for Serious, Violent, and Chronic Juvenile Offenders and the Standard Program Evaluation Protocol developed by Mark W. Lipsey, Ph.D., offer excellent guidance for the field in determining effective approaches for reducing and preventing juvenile crime. Leaders from state government and juvenile justice agencies as well as congressional staff participated in the event titled, "Juvenile Justice System Improvement Project: A Comprehensive Strategy for Evidence-Based Reform." The event served to facilitate discussion around the use of evidence-based practices in the operation of the juvenile justice systems. CJJR announced their pilot program, the Juvenile Justice System Improvement Project (partially funded by OJJDP), and requested application submissions.

OJP Science Advisory Board Established

Eighteen experts—scholars and practitioners in criminology, statistics, sociology, and juvenile justice—will serve on the Office of Justice Programs' new Science Advisory Board. Assistant Attorney General Laurie O. Robinson recommended the creation of the advisory board as a means of bridging the divide between research and practice in the criminal and juvenile justice fields. The board will provide an extra-agency review of and recommendations for OJP research, statistics, and grant programs, ensuring that the programs and activities are scientifically sound and pertinent to policymakers and practitioners. It will be chaired by Alfred Blumstein, Ph.D., of The H. John Heinz III College, Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Blumstein is a previous winner of the Stockholm Prize in Criminology and serves as the J. Erik Jonsson Professor of Urban Systems and Operations Research at Carnegie Mellon's Heinz College.



New Publications

All OJJDP publications may be viewed and downloaded on 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.

Findings From the Evaluation of OJJDP's Gang Prevention ProgramFindings From the Evaluation of OJJDP's Gang Prevention Program (Bulletin)
NCJ 230106

This bulletin presents the findings from an independent evaluation of OJJDP's Gang Reduction Program—a comprehensive, multifaceted approach to gang reduction. Researchers from the Urban Institute evaluated the impact of the program on gang-related crime in Los Angeles, CA; Milwaukee, WI; North Miami Beach, FL; and Richmond, VA. The evaluation focused on program implementation and outcomes in each of the target sites.

To order a printed copy, visit the NCJRS Web site.

Gang Prevention: An Overview of Research and ProgramsGang Prevention: An Overview of Research and Programs (Bulletin)
NCJ 231116

For more than half a century, gangs have presented a critical challenge to communities across the United States. Despite the growth in the number of gangs and gang members over the past several years, little is known about the dynamics underlying this increase. This bulletin draws on research findings to examine how gangs form and how communities may assess and respond to their gang problems. The author identifies nine programs that have demonstrated effectiveness in combating gangs.

To order a printed copy, visit the NCJRS Web site.

Substance Abuse and Behavior Among Serious Adolescent OffendersSubstance Abuse and Delinquent Behavior Among Serious Adolescent Offenders (Bulletin)
NCJ 232790

In this bulletin, the authors present key findings on the link between adolescent substance use and serious offending. The bulletin is the first in a publication series outlining the findings of the Pathways to Desistance study, which followed more than 1,300 serious juvenile offenders for 7 years after their conviction to learn what factors (e.g., individual maturation, life changes, and involvement with the criminal justice system) lead youth who have committed serious offenses to persist in or desist from offending. The Pathways to Desistance study provides an unprecedented look at how young people mature out of offending and what the justice system can do to promote positive changes in the lives of these youth.

To order a printed copy, visit the NCJRS Web site.


News From the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

Coordinating Council logo At the December 3, 2010, meeting of the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (Council), chaired by OJJDP Acting Administrator Jeff Slowikowski, the Council's Executive Committee reported on a presentation made earlier in the day by the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice (FACJJ). Dick Gardell, FACJJ chair, and Cecely Reardon, co-chair of the FACJJ Annual Report Subcommittee, described the core principles adopted by the committee and reviewed a synthesis of its recommendations to the President, Congress, and OJJDP over FACJJ's history. In addition, the Executive Committee reported on the progress of the Council's issue teams toward finalizing recommendations for enhancing federal policy and practice in four priority areas: education and at-risk youth, tribal youth and juvenile justice, juvenile reentry and transition to adulthood, and racial and/or ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice and related systems.

During 2010, the issue teams—composed of representatives of the Council's member agencies and OJJDP staff—examined policies, practices, regulations and legislation that foster as well as hinder achievement of federal goals in partnership with states, tribes, and units of local government. The analyses included literature reviews, outreach to stakeholders, tribal listening sessions, team discussions, and public comments obtained during the spring and summer.

On December 3, the teams presented to the Council's member agencies for their consideration and comment a consolidated final draft report with policy, practice, and legislative recommendations aimed at building a base for cross-agency problem solving. Recommendations that are approved by the Council will be incorporated into a separate 2010 annual report by the Council to Congress. Each team produced draft recommendations specific to their topic area, as well as a number of cross-cutting proposals that were more broadly relevant.

The Council meeting also included a presentation from representatives of the Chicago Area Project (CAP)—a network of more than 50 grassroots organizations and special projects aimed at promoting positive youth development and preventing juvenile delinquency through advocacy, community organizing, and direct services. Founded in 1934, CAP focuses on community building to address local problems such as delinquency, gang violence, substance abuse, and unemployment. CAP identifies community leaders and supports their grassroots efforts to mobilize residents to take responsibility for guiding young people. Working together, neighborhood leaders and residents prioritize neighborhood-specific issues and identify effective solutions and available resources to address them. The goal is to "develop the capacity of local residents to make a difference in their own community," said Howard Lathan, CAP's Executive Director for Community Development and Organization.

Meetings of the Council are open to the public. Visit the Council's Web site to learn more about the council and read minutes from past meetings. The next quarterly meeting will be held on Friday, April 29.

The Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is an independent body within the executive branch of the federal government operated under the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The Council's primary functions are to coordinate federal juvenile delinquency prevention programs, federal programs and activities that detain or care for unaccompanied juveniles, and federal programs relating to missing and exploited children.

The council is made up of 22 members—13 ex officio and affiliate members and nine practitioners. The ex officio members are: the Attorney General; the Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; the Secretaries of the U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services (HHS), Housing and Urban Development, and Labor; the Assistant Secretary of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy; and the Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Affiliate members are the Secretaries of the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Defense, and the Interior, and the Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of HHS. The nine juvenile justice practitioner members are appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Senate Majority Leader, and the President of the United States.


News From the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice

Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice logo OJJDP hosted the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice's (FACJJ's) Winter 2010 Meeting on December 2–3, 2010. Topics of discussion included the future of FACJJ, compliance issues, and OJJDP updates.

OJJDP is considering how to restructure FACJJ and solicited ideas at the meeting from the 2010 FACJJ membership on selecting State Advisory Group representation and on what perspectives and disciplines to include in a restructured FACJJ. The meeting also included presentations on the Office of Justice Programs' Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking (SMART Office); OJJDP's activities and budget; the implications of the Tribal Law and Order Act signed by President Barack Obama in July 2010; and issues surrounding compliance with the core requirements of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended.

The committee's meetings are open to the public; anyone may register to attend and observe. Additional information is available on the FACJJ Web site.



The Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice is a consultative body established by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (Section 223) and supported by OJJDP. Composed of representatives nominated by the Governors of the states and territories and the mayor of the District of Columbia, the committee advises the President and Congress on matters related to juvenile justice, evaluates the progress and accomplishments of juvenile justice activities and projects, and advises the OJJDP Administrator on the work of OJJDP.


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