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President Obama Proclaims October as National Youth Justice Awareness Month

On September 30, 2015, President Obama issued a proclamation recognizing October as National Youth Justice Awareness Month. Each year, there are more than 1 million arrests of youth under the age of 18, and the vast majority are for nonviolent crimes. Nearly 55,000 individuals younger than 21 are being held in juvenile justice facilities nationwide—a disproportionate number of whom are young people of color, including tribal youth. The proportion of detained and incarcerated girls and young women, often victims of abuse, has also increased. This month-long observance is dedicated to preventing youth from entering the juvenile and criminal justice systems and encourages communities to participate in activities and programs that help youth fulfill their greatest potential. The proclamation supports OJJDP’s Smart on Juvenile Justice initiative to promote juvenile justice reform and address racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system. More icon

OJJDP Employment Opportunities

The following OJJDP positions are currently open:

  • Join OJJDPGrants Management Specialist: Responsible for programmatic and fiscal oversight, planning, development, implementation, and assessment of OJJDP grant programs that address youth risk behavior, delinquency, victimization, and improvement of the juvenile justice system.

  • Senior Social Science Analyst: Responsible for the initiation, formulation, planning, execution, and analysis of one or more complex social and behavioral research programs related to the juvenile justice system, juvenile delinquency, and juvenile victimization.

Apply by Friday, October 16, 2015.More icon
From the Administrator
Robert L. Listenbee

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In the current video message, OJJDP Administrator Robert L. Listenbee discusses OJJDP’s efforts to encourage and learn from youth voices.

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OJJDP works to prevent youth violence, gang involvement, girls' delinquency, and underage drinking.

OJJDP assists victims of child abduction and commercial sexual exploitation.

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OJJDP News @ a Glance, July/August 2015

OJJDP announces the availability of OJJDP News @ a Glance, July/August 2015. This issue’s top story covers the White House Tribal Youth Gathering, and the video message from Administrator Robert L. Listenbee highlights OJJDP’s efforts to encourage and learn from youth voices.

Other features show how OJJDP is helping to rethink school discipline, encourage children to stand against violence, train youth leaders of the juvenile justice system, and more. More icon

Justice Department Awards $94 Million in Second Chance Act, Drug Court Grants

The Department of Justice has released grants for the following programs:

- Second Chance Act. On October 1, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice awarded $53 million in Second Chance Act (SCA) grants to state, local, and tribal organizations in 45 jurisdictions to reduce recidivism among adults and youth after confinement. In addition, the National Reentry Resource Center will continue to offer resources for grantees.

- Adult, Family, and Juvenile Drug Courts. On October 5, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice announced more than $41 million in grants to support adult, family, and juvenile drug courts nationwide.

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