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OJJDP Administrator Discusses Juvenile Justice Reform Efforts in NPR Interview

September 30, 2013

In a recent interview with National Public Radio (NPR), Robert L. Listenbee, Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, discussed priorities for the Office, which include supporting research and programs that promote the safety and wellbeing of the nation's youth. He spoke about the importance of adopting a trauma-informed approach for treating children exposed to violence and a developmental approach to juvenile justice. He also discussed federal efforts to staunch the "school-to-prison pipeline."

"We believe firmly that children should be kept in school and out of courts," Listenbee said. "We don't think that kids who are truant, kids who are runaways, kids who engage in various sorts of violations of the code of conduct that aren't criminal offenses—we don't think they belong in the juvenile justice system."

Resources:

Read the full article on NPR.

Download the "Report of the Attorney General's National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence."

Download "Reforming Juvenile Justice: A Developmental Approach"