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OJJDP envisions a nation where our children are healthy, educated, and free from violence. If they come into contact with the juvenile justice system, the contact should be rare, fair, and beneficial to them. We are committed to ensuring that young people are not incarcerated for minor offenses and that youth are kept safe and healthy in juvenile justice residential facilities. We are also addressing racial and ethnic bias to ensure minority youth are not unfairly targeted. Following are highlights of OJJDP’s work over recent months to guide states toward effective models for improving public safety and serving the needs of system-involved youth.


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OJJDP’s Northwestern Juvenile Project reports that girls in the study population who have been detained are five times more likely than their peers to die before age 29. That rate increases to nine times more likely for Latinas.

Girls and the Juvenile Justice System, OJJDP Policy Guidance