News in Brief

OJJDP Updates Its Statistical Briefing Book

OJJDP's online Statistical Briefing Book (SBB) offers easy access to a wealth of information about juvenile crime and victimization and about youth involved in the juvenile justice system. Developed for OJJDP by the National Center for Juvenile Justice, the SBB provides timely and reliable answers to questions OJJDP most frequently receives from the media, policymakers, and the general public. The SBB was recently updated with the latest available data on juvenile court statistics, the Census of Juveniles in Residential Placement, the National Disproportionate Minority Contact Databook, child maltreatment, state and county juvenile court case counts, and more. Explore the SBB updates online.

Report on OJJDP's Law Enforcement Listening Session Now Available

OJJDP Law Enforcement Listening Session OJJDP has finalized its summary report on a listening session for law enforcement executives hosted on April 18–19, 2011, in Washington, DC. The goal of the session was to help shape OJJDP's policy, funding, training, and technical assistance. Twenty-six law enforcement executives and other juvenile justice stakeholders from across the country participated in the meeting. OJJDP's Acting Administrator, Jeff Slowikowski, chaired the session and was joined by Bernard Melekian, Director of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Laurie O. Robinson, Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), and Mary Lou Leary, OJP's Principal Assistant Deputy Attorney General, made opening remarks. Among the critical needs identified by law enforcement professionals were—

  • Better information sharing at the local, state, and federal levels.
  • Improved communication and coordination between OJJDP and the law enforcement field.
  • Research on and identification and promotion of best practices.
  • The development of innovative solutions and programs in the face of budget cuts and limited resources.

OJJDP Publishes FY 2011 Program Plan

OJJDP published its Final Plan for Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 in the July 8, 2011, 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 all of the submissions received in response to OJJDP's request for comments on its Proposed Plan, which was published in the Federal Register in January 2011. OJJDP's Final Plan for FY 2011 is available online.

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Attorney General Holder Launches Public Awareness Campaign To Support Drug Endangered Children

Attorney General Eric Holder has launched a public awareness campaign to bring attention to the challenges that children and families affected by drug abuse face and to highlight work performed across the country that addresses these issues. The campaign is being sponsored by the Federal Interagency Drug Endangered Children Task Force, which has created a Web site to provide information on how to identify, respond to, and provide services to drug endangered children.

Forum on Child Identity Theft Held

On July 12, 2011, the Federal Trade Commission and Office for Victims of Crime presented "Stolen Futures: A Forum on Child Identity Theft." The forum was held at the Federal Trade Commission Conference Center in Washington, DC. The forum explored the nature of child identity theft, including foster care identity theft and identity theft within families. Presentations provided advice to parents and victims on how to prevent the crime and how to resolve child identity theft problems. The forum was free and open to the public.

America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2011

America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2011 Each 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, healthcare, physical environment and safety, behavior, education, and health. Copies of America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2011 may be accessed at the Forum's Web site and may be ordered from the National Criminal Justice Reference Service Web site.