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Cuando su niño desaparece: Una guía para la supervivencia de la familia (When Your Child Is Missing: A Family Survival Guide, Third Edition) coverSpanish survival guide helps families of missing children

The Spanish-language edition of OJJDP's When Your Child Is Missing: A Family Survival Guide has been updated for this third edition. The guide explains what families should do in the first 24 hours and in the ensuing weeks after a child has disappeared and contains expanded information about the AMBER Alert Plan, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's Family Advocacy Division, and Team Adam, among other resources.
Cuando su niño desaparece: Una guía para la supervivencia de la familia (When Your Child Is Missing: A Family Survival Guide, Third Edition), 108 pages

OJJDP Annual Report highlights 2003–2004 accomplishments coverOJJDP Annual Report highlights 2003–2004 accomplishments

This report summarizes OJJDP's programmatic efforts in 2003 and 2004 to ensure safe and healthy communities for the Nation's children and families. Included are discussions of OJJDP's continuing research, evaluation, and statistics programs; how OJJDP shares research findings through its information dissemination activities; and how States, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories use OJJDP's formula, block, and program grants to improve their juvenile justice systems and to control and prevent delinquency.
OJJDP Annual Report 2003–2004, 58 pages

Bulletin outlines what is known about juvenile firesetters coverBulletin outlines what is known about juvenile firesetters

In a typical year, fires that children and youth set claim the lives of approximately 300 people and destroy more than $300 million in property. Children are the predominant victims in these fires, accounting for 85 of every 100 lives lost.To better address juvenile firesetting, professionals must develop a fuller understanding of the critical issues—the hows and whys—surrounding the problem. This bulletin outlines existing research and theories related to juvenile firesetting and identifies some of the limitations of existing research.The authors recommend several strategies for curbing juvenile firesetting.
Juvenile Firesetting: A Research Overview, 8 pages

Truancy Web site imageWeb site provides one-stop truancy information

OJJDP and the U.S. Department of Education's (DOE's) Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools have launched a Web site to collect and disseminate truancy-related information to educators, law enforcement agencies, court personnel, and the general public. In addition to offering an overview of truancy issues, the comprehensive site includes materials from the December 2004 jointly sponsored DOJ/DOE truancy conference; news updates, success stories, publications, and Web links; information on research, program evaluation, and promising strategies; and a toolkit section, with training and technical assistance resources, communications strategies, and an audio/video library.
Truancy Prevention—Empowering Students, Schools, and Communities

Public Service Announcement (PSA) Partner Kit Web site imageJustice isn't served until crime victims are

The Public Service Announcement (PSA) Partner Kit describes the National Public Awareness and Education Campaign, in particular, its PSA Plan, which provides resources to help victim assistance organizations tailor PSAs to their local television markets.The kit includes a storyboard, video clips of seven PSAs (http://www.ovc.gov/videos), and a 20-page guidebook.Together, they make a strong argument for why victim service providers should become PSA Partners and give detailed information on how to do so.
Public Service Announcement (PSA) Partner Kit

OVC launches crimevictims.gov Web site imageOVC launches crimevictims.gov Web site

Crimevictims.gov is part of an integrated campaign to increase awareness about victims' rights and promote victim resources. The launch of this Web site is tied directly to the release of seven public service announcements (PSAs) that aired nationally during National Crime Victims' Rights Week (April 10–16, 2005).The site, crimevictims.gov, tailors its message to three distinct groups: crime victims, volunteers, and victim service providers. For victims of crime, the site offers links to information and resources on an array of victimization topics.Volunteers can learn about local opportunities to assist victims, from escorting victims to criminal justice proceedings to helping them find appropriate counseling. Service providers can find out about resources, legislative information, funding opportunities, collaboration in the field, and, in particular, about becoming a PSA Partner.

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Contract Trials and Verdicts in Large Counties, 2001

Federal Justice

Federal Criminal Case Processing, 2002: With Trends 1982–2002, Reconciled Data

For more information, visit BJS periodic reports.

Census of Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories, 2002, Web site imageThe truth about "CSI"

Ever wonder if "CSI"or other TV shows realistically portray real crime labs? For the reality, investigate the results of the first survey of the Nation's 351 Federal, State, and local forensic crime labs. Nationwide, public crime laboratories received about 2.7 million requests for forensic laboratory services and processed a little less than 2.5 million during 2002.The backlog in requests for services increased 70 percent in 2002.

Identification of controlled substances was the most frequently requested forensic laboratory service, followed by toxicology samples and latent print requests. About 2 percent of all requests are for DNA analysis.

Many more interesting facts about crime labs can be found in—
Census of Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories, 2002, 16 pages

Crime and Victimization in the Three Largest Metropolitan Areas, 1980-98, Web site imageUrban crime data from police reports and victim surveys compared

Localities often assess levels or trends in crime solely on the basis of police data.This study compares police data from Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) and victim survey data from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) drawn from the metropolitan areas of New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Data from 1980 to 1998 were analyzed. For burglary and robbery, UCR crime rates were generally similar to NCVS-reported crime rates; however, discrepancies between the sources were apparent for aggravated assault.
Crime and Victimization in the Three Largest Metropolitan Areas, 1980–98, 8 pages

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