At a Web-facilitated meeting on August 12, 2013, subcommittees of the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice (FACJJ) presented draft recommendations in four key areas: evidence-based practices, youth engagement, school discipline, and disproportionate minority contact. Upon final approval by FACJJ, the recommendations will be submitted to the President, the Congress, and the OJJDP Administrator.
In introductory remarks, OJJDP Administrator Robert L. Listenbee highlighted, among other topics, a recently released OJJDP-funded National Research Council (NRC) report recommending that a developmental approach that emphasizes positive youth development rather than a reliance on detention and incarceration and other harsh forms of punishment is compatible with the juvenile justice system's goals of holding youth accountable for their actions, preventing further offending, and providing youth with appropriate rehabilitative services. For more information on the NRC report, read the lead story, “National Research Council Report on Juvenile Justice Reform Highlighted at Coordinating Council Meeting.” Administrator Listenbee also stressed the importance of trauma-informed approaches in juvenile justice practice. The vast majority of children involved in the juvenile justice system have survived exposure to violence and are living with the trauma of that experience.
The committee's meetings are open to the public; anyone may register to attend and observe. OJJDP anticipates that FACJJ will convene to deliberate its final recommendations later this year. Additional information is available on the committee's Web site.
The Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice is a consultative body established by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended (Section 223), and is supported by OJJDP. Composed of members of state advisory groups on juvenile justice, the committee advises the President and Congress on matters related to juvenile justice, evaluates the progress and accomplishments of juvenile justice activities and projects, and advises the OJJDP Administrator on the work of OJJDP.