July | August 2013

New Publications

All OJJDP publications may be viewed and downloaded on the publications section of the OJJDP Web site. Print publications may be ordered online at the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Web site.

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OJJDP Family Listening Sessions: Executive Summary (Report)
NCJ 241379

During the spring and summer of 2011, OJJDP, in collaboration with the Campaign for Youth Justice and the Education Development Center, convened four listening sessions with families and youth who have had direct experiences with the juvenile justice and criminal justice systems. The goal of these sessions was to allow OJJDP, state juvenile justice agencies, and other stakeholders to learn firsthand about the experiences of system-involved families and to explore ways to improve family engagement to ensure better outcomes for children and youth. This report summarizes the discussions, which focused on four broad topic areas: the expectations and the reality of families' first encounters with the system, whether the needs of youth were met during the child's period of confinement, how the family was treated and served while their child was confined, and the availability of aftercare services.

To view and download this publication, visit the NCJRS Web site.

Coming Soon—

Highlights of the 2011 National Youth Gang Survey (InFocus Fact Sheet)

This fact sheet provides an overview of findings from the 2011 National Youth Gang Survey. Since 1996, the National Gang Center has collected data annually from a large, representative sample of local law enforcement agencies to track the size and scope of the nation's gang problem. Among other findings, the 2011 survey showed that gang-related homicides increased more than 10 percent from 2009 in cities with populations of more than 100,000. In addition, highly populated areas accounted for the vast majority of gang-related homicides nationally.