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  Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention  ·  Jeff Slowikowski, Acting Administrator
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CrimeSolutions.gov: A New Online Resource Highlighting Evidence-Based Programs

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On June 22, 2011, the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) launched CrimeSolutions.gov, a central resource to inform practitioners and policymakers about what works in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime-victim services, and to help them integrate these findings into programmatic and policy decisions. Officially announced at the National Institute of Justice's (NIJ's) annual conference, the Web site offers a searchable database of 150 evidence-based programs covering a range of justice-related topics, including corrections, courts, crime prevention, substance abuse, juveniles, law enforcement, technology and forensics, and victims.

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Laurie O. Robinson, Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, announced CrimeSolutions.gov at the National Institute of Justice's annual conference on June 22, 2011.
"We all have tight budgets today. CrimeSolutions.gov helps us take a 'smart on crime' approach that relies on data-driven, evidence-based analysis to identify and replicate justice-related programs that have shown real results in preventing and reducing crime and serving crime victims," explained Laurie O. Robinson, Assistant Attorney General.

CrimeSolutions.gov enhances the assessment and presentation of evidence-based information on juvenile justice programs by aligning standards at OJP with the most recent advances in social science research and evaluation. The programs in OJJDP's Model Programs Guide are in the process of being reviewed with CrimeSolutions.gov standards and criteria so that juvenile justice programs will be consistently presented across both sites.

Screen capture of crimesolutions.gov home page.The Web site assigns evidence ratings—"effective," "promising," or "no effects"—to indicate whether there is evidence from research that a program achieves its goals. The rating system provides a concise way to understand the extent to which research indicates that justice-related programs have produced positive results. Replicating programs that have been shown to work ("effective" and "promising" programs) has the potential to save time and resources. In addition, understanding the extent to which "no effects" programs have not produced their intended results may be important for policymakers and practitioners to consider before planning or implementing similar programs. For those areas that are less well-tested, CrimeSolutions.gov also serves as a foundation to develop new programs and an opportunity to identify where more research is needed.

On the final day of the NIJ conference, Attorney General Eric Holder told an audience of approximately 800 academic leaders and practitioners that research is the path to making well-informed, cost-effective decisions. He reiterated his commitment to identifying and implementing evidence-based solutions and to working together to strengthen public safety.

"With today's launch of the new Web site, CrimeSolutions.gov, we're taking another critical step forward," said Attorney General Holder. "This innovative online tool will create a clearinghouse of information—and will allow us to more easily share the best available evidence about our most effective public safety strategies and approaches. By continuing to find ways to tear down barriers to communication and collaboration, I am confident that we will achieve new levels of progress."


To learn more about CrimeSolutions.gov, visit its Web site. The OJP press release announcing the Web site's launch is available on the OJP Web site.The full text of Attorney General Holder's remarks at the NIJ conference is available on DOJ's Web site.

Attorney General and Education Secretary Announce Joint Project To Address School Disciplinary Practices

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Photo of Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
On July 21, 2011, at the quarterly meeting of the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in Washington, DC, Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the creation of the Supportive School Discipline Initiative. The Initiative is a collaboration between the two agencies to target the school disciplinary policies and in-school arrests that push youth out of school and into the justice system, also known as the school-to-prison pipeline.

The project will be implemented in coordination with other organizations in the nonprofit and philanthropic communities that are also working to reduce the use of disciplinary practices such as suspension and expulsion, which place children at higher risk of poor academic achievement and dropout, illegal behavior, and entry into the justice system.

"Ensuring that our educational system is a doorway to opportunity—and not a point of entry to our criminal justice system—is a critical, and achievable, goal," said Attorney General Holder. "By bringing together government, law enforcement, academic, and community leaders, I'm confident that we can make certain that school discipline policies are enforced fairly and do not become obstacles to future growth, progress, and achievement."

"Maintaining safe and supportive school climates is absolutely critical, and we are concerned about the rising rates and disparities in discipline in our nation's schools," said Secretary Duncan. "By teaming up with stakeholders on this issue and through the work of our offices throughout the department, we hope to promote strategies that will engage students in learning and keep them safe."

The goals of the Supportive School Discipline Initiative are to:

left quoteThe use of excessive and inappropriate school discipline practices too often contributes to the school-to-prison pipeline.right quote

—Attorney General Eric Holder

The announcement of the new initiative came 2 days after the Council of State Governments' (CSG's) release of findings of a statewide study on the impact of school disciplinary practices on students' academic success and juvenile justice involvement. Among other findings, the study determined that nearly six in ten public school students were suspended or expelled at least once between their seventh- and twelfth-grade school years. Students who were suspended or expelled, particularly those who were repeatedly disciplined, were more likely to be held back a grade or to drop out than were students not involved in the disciplinary system. The study also found that when a student was suspended or expelled, his or her likelihood of being involved in the juvenile justice system the subsequent year increased significantly.

"The use of excessive and inappropriate school disciplinary practices too often contribute to the school-to-prison pipeline," said Attorney General Holder. Citing the CSG study, Attorney General said the results were a "wake-up call."

Juvenile Offender Becomes Advocate for At-Risk and Delinquent Youth

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Starcia Ague
Incarcerated for 6 years at age 15 on charges that included kidnapping and robbery, Starcia Ague is now a college graduate and leading a national crusade for reforms in the juvenile justice system.

Among other achievements, Starcia helped push through a law in the state of Washington that allows Class A juvenile felony records to be sealed, at the discretion of the judge, as long as youth have a clean record for 5 years after their release. The law, Senate Bill 6561, which passed in February 2010, ensures that juvenile offenders who have shown a sustained commitment to turn their lives around can apply for jobs, housing, and educational opportunities without being compromised by their past.

"I poured a lot of myself into Senate Bill 6561. I stood before the state legislature and recounted much of my life story," said Starcia. "It was an empowering and terrifying experience, but I knew how necessary the bill was to so many futures. . . . It is gratifying to know that, as a result, there are now more opportunities for other young people in our community to move forward and plan a happy and healthy life."

During this past legislative session, Starcia worked with students from the University of Washington's Legislative Advocacy Clinic to get another juvenile justice reform passed. House Bill 1793 restricts the dissemination of juvenile records by consumer reporting agencies in Washington state. Perhaps more importantly, the bill sets up a legislative work group to develop recommendations that would restrict access to juvenile records and allow records to be sealed without an order from the court.

"Ideally, the work group will call for the automatic sealing of all, or at least most, juvenile records on the juvenile's 18th birthday," Starcia said. "Prosecutors would still have access to these records, but it wouldn't put disadvantaged youth in the position of trying to figure out how to seal their own records."

A 2010 graduate of Washington State University with a degree in criminal justice, Starcia, now 24, works as a research coordinator in the University of Washington's Division of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy. She is working with Dr. Eric Trupin on juvenile justice reform and policy issues.

Starcia has participated in projects at the University of Washington and Washington State University to improve alternatives to detention for juvenile status offenders and to better equip detention staff and probation officers to deal with mentally ill juvenile offenders and their families. She received the Governor's Spirit of Youth Award in 2009. In addition, she was awarded scholarships to attend the Georgetown University Certificate Program to Improve Outcomes for Children and Youth Involved in the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems.

While enrolled in the Georgetown certificate program in Washington, DC, in the summer of 2010, Starcia contacted OJJDP and came to the Office to share with staff her story and her perceptions about the needs of youth in the juvenile justice system.

"The collateral consequences of crime and record expungement are major issues, and Starcia's insights helped us to better understand the problems associated with reentry," said Linda Rosen, Juvenile Justice Program Specialist at OJJDP. "She is an extraordinary young woman who has made and will continue to make a tangible difference for youth involved in the juvenile justice system."

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Starcia Ague visited OJJDP in the summer of 2010 to share her story and her perceptions about the needs of youth in the juvenile justice system. She is seen here with OJJDP's Acting Administrator, Jeff Slowikowski.
As a child growing up in Olympia, WA, Starcia moved in and out of homeless shelters with her mother, who regularly beat her. Starcia's father was a drug dealer and her mother was an addict who prostituted to pay for drugs. When her mother kicked her out at age 11, Starcia lived in a trailer with her father, who had a meth lab in a shack next door. She became involved in alcohol and drugs. Charged with six Class A felonies during a robbery in 2003, she received what is known as "juvie life"—mandatory incarceration in Washington's Juvenile Rehabilitation Authority (JRA) until her 21st birthday. At first, Starcia was angry and distrustful. She refused to communicate and lashed out often.

The turning point was a meeting with a woman in a Bible study who "showed me that there were people who had overcome way more than I had, yet they still had faith and hope," in Starcia's words. In church, she met a couple who became the parents she never had. They encouraged her to apply to a 4-year university and, upon release from JRA, Starcia enrolled at Washington State University.

"Receiving an education and having hope for a future was one of the most powerful forces for change in my life. I am convinced that opportunities for betterment, hope for the future, and mentors are critical," Starcia said. "If there is not someone to help juvenile offenders see their own potential and plan for their futures, then it is generally easier to continue the life they are familiar with—a life of crime. We all have the opportunity on a daily basis to mentor each other: friends, coworkers, family, strangers. You never know what kind of lasting impact you might have on another's life. Those of us who have overcome challenges have an even greater obligation to reach out."

In recognition of her determination and accomplishments, the governor of Washington granted Starcia a full and unconditional pardon in February 2011. The pardon obviates the need to wait until 2014 to have her felony record sealed.

"The news of my pardon is huge for me. It will open so many new doors," Starcia said recently in a speech at a fundraiser for the Center for Children & Youth Justice in Seattle, WA. "But I know that for so many others like me, their only chance for success is real and lasting systems reform."

Starcia was represented by TeamChild attorney George Yeannakis at her pardon hearing. He has seen the changes brought about by her tireless work and believes in her potential to continue to improve long-term outcomes for youth involved in the juvenile justice system in Washington state.

"Starcia has helped educate our legislators on the many unintended and harmful effects of juvenile justice legislation adopted to address juvenile crime in the 1990s," Mr. Yeannakis said. "She will continue to work to rectify other inequities in the juvenile justice system to allow youthful offenders to gain greater access to employment and educational opportunities."

Tribal Youth Gather for Leadership Conference in Santa Fe, NM

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More than 170 tribal youth from across the country joined federal officials, youth advocates, and field experts at the 2011 National Intertribal Youth Summit on July 24–28, 2011, to discuss a range of issues impacting young people in Indian country. OJJDP organized the summit, which took place at the Santa Fe Indian School in Santa Fe, NM.

Throughout the week, youth participated in discussion groups and presentations by their peers and by adults. The discussion groups were designed to positively influence public safety, health, and community engagement; and to enhance leadership skills, promote physical well-being, and broaden youth's knowledge of tribal cultures.

Speakers at the event included local tribal leaders; officials from the White House Initiative on Tribal Colleges and Universities, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Department of the Interior; five U.S. Attorneys; Associate Attorney General Tom Perrelli; and Deputy Associate Attorney General Karol Mason. President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder offered video remarks.

"Across the country, Native American young people like you are doing extraordinary things every day to help solve problems in their communities," said President Obama. "The challenges you face are not small. Solving them won't be easy. But we are making progress, and you're leading the way."

In his message, the President officially launched the White House Native American Youth Challenge, which solicits from youth stories of how they are making a difference in their communities. Selected stories will be featured on the White House Web site, and groups of tribal youth will be invited to the White House to share their story personally this fall in conjunction with activities marking Native American Heritage Month.

The summit also featured presentations and discussions on the following topics:

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At the National Intertribal Youth Summit, teenagers honed their skills in traditional arts and crafts—beading, making moccasins, pottery, silversmithing, drumming, and carving.

The event culminated with a reflection session led by Mary Lou Leary, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General. In this session, tribal youth teams shared a statement of their proposed commitment to service and leadership back home. Examples of plans for leadership included proposing a tribal leader shadow day for youth to "shadow" a tribal leader in the community, developing an anti-drug policy on the reservation, building a cultural center that also provides health care services and a safe place for youth to go, starting a fitness center to promote physical health; and sponsoring family days.

2011 Close Up Tribal Youth Training in Washington, DC: July 10–13

Mary Lou Leary, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs (OJP), addresses tribal youth during their visit to OJP.
Mary Lou Leary, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs (OJP), addresses tribal youth during their visit to OJP.

The Close Up Foundation and the National Congress of American Indians teamed up to provide tribal youth with the opportunity to travel to Washington, DC, to meet with decisionmakers and conduct research, practice basic citizenship and leadership skills, and learn about what leaders, activists, and officials are saying and how they are addressing the needs of youth in Indian country.

On July 11, more than 40 youth visited the Office of Justice Programs, where they were greeted by Mary Lou Leary, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs; William Mendoza, Acting Director and Deputy Director of the White House Initiative on Tribal Colleges and Universities; and Jeff Slowikowski, OJJDP's Acting Administrator.

During their visit to the nation's capital, youth started working to develop the skills and knowledge to help them become a potent force for leadership in their communities; they will continue this effort in the months that follow.

OJJDP Launches Publication Series on Underage Drinking

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Underage drinking is a widespread problem that can have serious social consequences. Youth who drink are more likely to abuse and become dependent on alcohol, to cause traffic injuries and fatalities, and to commit aggravated assault, property theft, and murder. According to one study, the direct costs of underage drinking incurred because of medical care and loss of work in the United States amount to $22.3 billion each year. Through its Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws program (EUDL program), for many years OJJDP has worked to eliminate access to and consumption of alcohol by minors, and has worked to guide communities in developing prevention and treatment programs. OJJDP has administered the EUDL program since Congress created the initiative in 1998.

At OJJDP's National EUDL Leadership Conference, which took place on August 10–12, 2011, the Office launched a new publication series, Underage Drinking, to educate practitioners and policymakers about the problems youth face when they abuse alcohol and to provide evidence-based guidelines for addressing the issue. The first bulletin in the series, Reducing Drinking Among Underage Air Force Members in Five Communities, presents findings from an evaluation of OJJDP's EUDL demonstration program in five communities that partnered with local Air Force bases. The study discussed in this bulletin compared the rates of problem drinking in each of the EUDL communities to five control communities and the Air Force's program, Culture of Responsible Choices. Following are some of the study's key findings:

To order a printed copy of Reducing Drinking Among Underage Air Force Members in Five Communities, see the New Publications section in this issue.

Topics to be covered in subsequent bulletins include the effects and consequences of underage drinking, best practices for community supervision of underage drinkers, legal issues surrounding underage drinking, and practice guidelines for working with underage drinkers. It is hoped that the information provided in these publications will support communities in their efforts to reduce access to and consumption of alcohol by minors through the use of evidence-based strategies and practices.


For more information on OJJDP's EUDL program, read the Office's In Focus fact sheet, Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Program, and visit the OJJDP and Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center Web sites.

OJJDP Holds Family Engagement Listening Sessions

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During the spring and summer of 2011, OJJDP hosted a series of Family Engagement Listening Sessions to provide OJJDP, state juvenile justice agencies, and other stakeholders with a greater understanding of what families face when their child becomes involved in the juvenile or criminal justice system. OJJDP leadership and staff participated in the sessions. The four listening sessions were held in New Orleans, LA, on March 30; in Washington, DC, on April 27 and June 15; and in Santa Fe, NM, on July 26.

Family members of current and previously incarcerated youth shared their firsthand experiences, challenges, and recommendations. The discussions focused on four broad topic areas: the expectations and the reality of families' first encounters with the juvenile justice system, how the needs of youth were (or were not) met during the child's period of confinement, how the family was treated and served (or not) while their son or daughter was incarcerated, and services received (or not) after the youth was released.

Families spoke of often frustrating circumstances leading up to their child's involvement with the juvenile justice system as they mostly unsuccessfully tried to address mounting behavior challenges and to obtain needed mental health services and effective educational responses to their child's learning or other school-related needs. Many families had high hopes that the encounter with the juvenile justice system would be the beginning of helpful services for their youngster and for the family. Very few families found this to be the case once their child was incarcerated.

Instead, families faced a plethora of difficult, stressful, and, in some cases, fatal challenges. Most spoke of having little or no information about their rights, their child's rights, or the legal process at the beginning of or throughout the case. Several noted the lack of attention to their child's medical, mental health, and educational needs. Few families received support or services for themselves while their child was incarcerated, and visiting requirements were often onerous and difficult to meet. More than one family experienced the suicide of their child while in the system, while another family's son died shortly after release.

Some families spoke of supportive programs their child participated in while in a juvenile justice detention facility, including learning how to manage emotions and anger, obtaining a high school diploma, or receiving college credits.

A forthcoming report will include a compilation of the families' experiences and policy recommendations that will help OJJDP develop strategies to assist state juvenile justice systems in increasing positive experiences and outcomes for youth and families. In addition, families are being invited to participate in OJJDP's upcoming National Conference, "Children's Justice & Safety: Unite, Build, Lead," at the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD, on October 12–14, 2011.

OJJDP's Missing and Exploited Children's Program Offers New Web Site Highlighting Training and Technical Assistance Resources

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OJJDP is pleased to announce the availability of a new, user-friendly Web site that facilitates access to training and technical assistance opportunities offered by the Office's Missing and Exploited Children's Program (MECP). Established in 1995, MECP provides resources to help juvenile justice practitioners, state and local agencies, and nonprofit organizations develop comprehensive strategies to protect children and address a range of other issues related to missing and exploited children. Following are examples of the type of support offered by the program:

Training. The program's network of juvenile justice experts develops the agenda and curriculum for conferences, workshops, and training events; facilitates all arrangements for expert speakers, instructors, and trainers; and provides logistical support.

Technical assistance. MECP's technical assistance activities include peer-to-peer information exchanges, strategic planning sessions, mentoring opportunities, offsite assistance, onsite consultation services, and distance-learning education.

MECP also coordinates the U.S. Department of Justice's National Missing Children's Day ceremony and the National Missing Children's Day Poster Contest to raise awareness about the issues associated with missing children nationwide. The poster contest provides an opportunity for schools, law enforcement, and other community organizations to engage children and their parents in informative discussions on safety and prevention. The winner of this national contest receives an award at the annual National Missing Children's Day ceremony in Washington, DC.

To learn more about MECP's training and technical assistance resources, National Missing Children's Day, and the National Missing Children's Day poster contest, contact MECP via e-mail, fax (202–347–5614), or telephone (202–347–5610 or 1–888–347–5610) Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.


To learn more about MECP's resources for training and technical assistance, visit the program's Web site. For more information about the National Missing Children's Day Poster Contest, visit the OJJDP Web site. News about the 2011 National Missing Children's Day ceremony is also available on OJJDP's Web site.

Upcoming Events

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Conference on Violence, Abuse and Trauma: September 11–14, 2011

Sponsored by the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma, the conference, "Linking Research, Policy & Practice," will bring together local, regional, national, and international leaders; researchers; practitioners; policymakers; and advocates to network and learn from each other. Among other goals, the conference is designed to highlight multidisciplinary solutions to prevent family violence, child maltreatment, sexual abuse, and trauma, and to disseminate promising and best practices in prevention and intervention. Topics include adult survivors of childhood victimization, children exposed to violence, child maltreatment, sexual abuse survivors and offenders, intimate partner violence offenders and victims, trauma in the military, at-risk youth, and substance abuse. The conference will be held at the Town & Country Resort & Convention Center in San Diego, CA. Registration is available online.

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National Conference on Substance Abuse, Child Welfare and the Courts:
September 14–16, 2011

Sponsored by Children & Family Futures, "Putting the Pieces Together for Children and Families" will bring together professionals in the areas of child welfare, substance abuse treatment, juvenile and family court, law enforcement, and probation. To be held in National Harbor, MD, the conference will focus on, among other topics, substance use disorders as a central issue in child protection and child abuse and neglect, the effects of healthcare reform, and ensuring the sustainability of effective programs in a changing fiscal climate. The conference will also feature the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children's 8th Annual Gathering. For more information, go to the conference Web site.

Courses for Juvenile Court Practitioners: September 19–23, 2011

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges will sponsor two courses for judges, masters, hearing officers, and other juvenile court practitioners in Reno, NV. The first course, "Evidence in Juvenile and Family Court," will discuss how the rules of evidence apply in dispositional hearings, how the judge can know if hearsay can be admitted as evidence, rules that apply to expert witness testimony, and more. Registration is available online. The second course, "Core College: Role of the Juvenile Court Judge," will focus on the leadership role of the judge and how that role can be used to enhance the effectiveness of the court. It will prepare judges to make better informed decisions about the best interests of the child, family, and community. Registration is available online.

National Symposium for Juvenile Services: October 16–19, 2011

The National Partnership for Juvenile Services will host a national symposium on "Representing America's Youth: System Reformation and Professional Renewal." The conference will be held at the Sheraton Hotel at Keystone Crossing in Indianapolis, IN. Focus groups and policy discussions will highlight topics such as juvenile corrections and detention, education of youth in confinement, community-based care, residential care, mental health issues in juvenile justice, and more. Registration is available online.

Lights On Afterschool Celebration: October 20, 2011

2011 Lights On Afterschool event poster
2011 Lights On Afterschool event poster
OJJDP is pleased to announce its support of the annual Lights On Afterschool initiative, which is scheduled for October 20, 2011. Lights On Afterschool is celebrated nationwide to call attention to the importance of afterschool programs for America's children, families and communities. The event is sponsored by the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness and advocacy organization.

More than 7,500 events will be held across America to raise awareness of the importance of afterschool programs and the positive role they can play. More than a million people across the United States will participate in street fairs, open houses, fun runs, science and math competitions, community parades, and more to celebrate Lights On Afterschool, the only nationwide rally for afterschool programs. To register for an event or to find out what is going on in your area on October 20, visit the Lights On Afterschool Web site.

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International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference: October 22–26, 2011

To be held in Chicago, IL, this annual conference, organized by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, brings together police leadership from around the world to discuss current trends and challenges in law enforcement and to share lessons learned in more than 150 educational sessions. Topics from past conferences have included strategies for leading change in police culture, online learning and operational support, public law enforcement and private security collaboration, violent crime, use-of-force issues, training, and case studies. More than 800 companies will showcase their products at the conference, which constitutes the largest venue in the world for exhibiting technology designed specifically for law enforcement. To register for this event, go to the conference's Web site.

Global Youth Justice's and Youth Justice USA's 2nd International Training Institute: December 6–8, 2011

Global Youth Justice and Youth Justice USA will convene the International Training Institute, "Establish or Enhance a Local Youth Court or Teen Court," in Las Vegas, NV. Starting in 2011, the training is being offered biannually. Topics to be covered include training adult and youth volunteers, offering quality community service programs, holding family intake meetings, implementing operational and administrative procedures, identifying funding and resource opportunities, analyzing legal and liability issues, building partnerships with memorandums of understanding, evaluating programs, juvenile referral sources, and grant writing. Registration opens September 1.

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 SessionOJJDP 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—

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.

New Publications

Juvenile Residential Facility Census, 2008: Selected Findings Juvenile Residential Facility Census, 2008: Selected Findings (Bulletin)
NCJ 231683

OJJDP developed the biannual Juvenile Residential Facility Census (JRFC) to collect information about the facilities in which juvenile offenders are held. Facilities provide information about characteristics such as their size, structure, type, ownership, and security arrangements. This bulletin presents findings from the 2008 JRFC—findings that are generally positive. JRFC data indicate that the population of juvenile offenders in custody continued to decline—a decrease of 12 percent from 2006, a trend that may be explained by the decline in juvenile arrests.

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

Reducing Drinking Among Underage Air Force Members in Five Communities Reducing Drinking Among Underage Air Force Members in Five Communities (Bulletin)
NCJ 232616

Preventing alcohol abuse by minors and young adults remains a challenge to most communities, particularly on military bases, where junior enlisted personnel face a high-stress work environment. In 2006, OJJDP provided grants to five communities with local Air Force bases to implement the agency's Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) initiative. This bulletin presents findings from an evaluation of EUDL activities in these communities. For more information about this publication, see the article, "OJJDP Launches Publication Series on Underage Drinking," in this issue.

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

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News From the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

The July 21, 2011, meeting of the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and
Delinquency Prevention, chaired by Attorney General Eric Holder, included a segment
on youth and family engagement involving family representatives and highlighting federal strategies, a presentation of recommendations to the Council from the working draft of the consolidated report of the issue teams for consideration and action, and the announcement of a joint effort between the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education to support effective school discipline practices. For more information, see the article entitled "Attorney General and Education Secretary Announce Joint Project To Address School Disciplinary Practices" in this issue.

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 9 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.

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News From the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice

OJJDP is restructuring the Federal Committee on Juvenile Justice (FACJJ) to
allow for greater flexibility and responsiveness. The reorganized FACJJ will be
made up of 10–14 primary members, each representing a group of states and U.S. territories for a period of 2 years (with the possibility of being reappointed for a second term); the same number of alternate members; and several subcommittees composed of FACJJ members and other experts.

The new FACJJ is deliberately structured as a relatively small working advisory committee. It presents the opportunity to engage in deeper communication and collaboration with the leadership and staff of OJJDP, to forge stronger relationships among states and territories with mutual interests, and to provide more timely responses to legislative, policy, and program matters.

On July 15, 2011, OJJDP's Acting Administrator Jeff Slowikowski sent a letter to State and Juvenile Advisory Groups inviting eligible individuals to apply for appointment to the FACJJ. The deadline for application is August 24, 2011. For more information about the restructured FACJJ, the application process, and the eligibility criteria, contact the U.S. Department of Justice's Director, Concentration of Federal Efforts.

The organizing meeting for the newly constituted FACJJ will take place on October 11, 2011, at the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD. OJJDP's 2011 Conference for Children's Justice & Safety will take place in the same location on October 12–14, 2011.

The Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice is a consultative body established by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended (Section 223), and supported by OJJDP. Composed of members of state advisory groups on juvenile justice, 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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