July | August 2012

News in Brief

OJJDP Mourns the Passing of E. Hunter Hurst, III

E. Hunter  Hurst, III E. Hunter Hurst, III.
On June 19, 2012, E. Hunter Hurst, III, a leader in the field of juvenile justice research and policy, passed away.

Hurst was the founding director of the National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ), the research division of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ). He was hired in 1973 as director and first employee of NCJJ in Pittsburgh. Over his nearly 35 years as director, Hurst guided the development of NCJJ from an independently funded research division of NCJFCJ to a nationally renowned research, policy development, and technical assistance organization serving agencies, judges, and court personnel.

Hurst is survived by his wife of 45 years, Suzanne, two children, and one grandchild.

Report on Well-Being of Nation's Children Released

 Well-Being of Nation's Children coverThe Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics has released its annual report, "America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being." Among the findings from this year's assessment, both adolescent births and violent crime victimization declined. The report also reveals that the number of children living in poverty increased. OJJDP is 1 of 22 federal agencies that constitute the forum. Print copies can be ordered online from the National Criminal Justice Reference Service.


Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Program Symposium Held

On August 8–12, 2012, OJJDP held its 2012 Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) program symposium, "Working Together to Enhance Capacity in EUDL States and Territories" in Leesburg, VA. At the event, EUDL coordinators, law enforcement, and community leaders participated in focus group discussions on best practices, proven tools, new resources, and next steps for implementing and sustaining EUDL programming efforts. Presenters included representatives from the Interagency Coordinating Committee on Preventing Underage Drinking.

OJJDP Releases Revised Training Standards

OJJDP recently released its revised "Core Performance Standards for Training, Technical Assistance, and Evaluation." The Core Performance Standards set specific expectations for the planning, coordination, delivery, and evaluation of OJJDP-sponsored training and technical assistance (TTA). The new document combines two previous OJJDP TTA standards documents and adds standards for Webinars and online training.

SAMHSA Offers Toolkit for Suicide Prevention in High Schools

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has released "Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools." The toolkit provides strategies to help high schools, school districts, and their partners design and implement strategies to prevent suicide and promote behavioral health among their students. It also includes information on screening tools, warning signs and risk factors, statistics, and parent education materials. The toolkit is free and available online.

FTC Creates Resource Guide on Child Identity Theft

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released "Safeguarding Your Child's Future," a resource guide to help parents avoid, recognize, and repair the damage that child identity theft causes. The U.S. Department of Justice is working with FTC on child identity theft as part of its efforts under the Office of Justice Programs' Working Group on Identity Theft.

Webinar Examines Evidence-Based Registries for Selecting Bullying Programs

On July 25 and 26, 2012, the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention sponsored the Webinar, "Using Evidence-Based Registries for Program Selection—Realities for Bullying Prevention." Presenters discussed how program managers use national registries of evidence-based programs to gauge the effectiveness and appropriateness of bullying prevention programs that they are considering for implementation. The Webinar recording and presentation materials are available online.

Juvenile Court Statistics 2009 coverNational Center for Juvenile Justice Releases Juvenile Court Statistics 2009

The National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ) has released "Juvenile Court Statistics 2009." The report profiles more than 1.5 million delinquency cases and more than 140,000 status offense cases that courts with juvenile jurisdiction processed in 2009. The report also tracks trends in delinquency and petitioned status offense cases over several decades. Data include volume of cases, demographics of juveniles involved, and offenses charged. The report may be viewed and downloaded online. Print copies may be ordered from NCJJ.