IV. Concentration of Federal Efforts in Delinquency Prevention

The complexity of the problem of juvenile delinquency and its underlying causes demands coordinated, multidisciplinary responses at the local, State, and Federal levels. OJJDP promotes collaborative interagency responses at the local level through their Title V Community Prevention Grants Program, and at the Federal level through their Concentration of Federal Efforts (CFE) program. Carried out in consultation with the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (Coordinating Council, see Exhibit 9), the CFE program facilitates comprehensive, coordinated Federal juvenile justice policy through a range of inter-agency efforts designed to develop and implement effective delinquency prevention, intervention, and treatment strategies.

In 1996, the Coordinating Council published and disseminated Combating Violence and Delinquency: The National Juvenile Justice Action Plan. The Action Plan draws on decades of research, information, and programming and describes coordinated Federal efforts to support State and local initiatives and establish strengthened linkages between national organizations and State and local communities. The Action Plan specifies several objectives related to juvenile delinquency prevention:

  • Supporting the development of innovative approaches to research and evaluation.

  • Addressing child abuse and neglect and breaking the cycle of violence.

  • Reducing youth involvement with guns, drugs, and gangs.

  • Providing opportunities for children and youth, including youth with disabilities.

Through the CFE program and the Coordinating Council, OJJDP continues to support the objectives and strategies set forth in the Action Plan. Specifically, OJJDP initiates, supports, and conducts a host of activities designed to improve interagency planning, encourage research-based program development, stimulate collaborative grant opportunities and initiatives, and educate key stakeholders through information exchange. Outlined in the following sections, by objective, are key 1998 CFE and Coordinating Council activities.

Exhibit 9

Members of Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

The Coordinating Council is an independent body within the Executive Branch, chaired by the Attorney General of the United States. The Council is made up of the following nine statutory Federal agencies and nine juvenile justice practitioners:

  • Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

  • Department of Justice (DOJ)

  • Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS)

  • Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

  • Department of Labor (DOL)

  • Department of Education (DOE)

  • Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

  • Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)

  • Corporation for National Service (CNS)

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1998 Report to Congress: Title V Incentive Grants for Local Delinquency Prevention Programs OJJDP Report