Chapter 2: Sharing Information Is an
Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse
OJJDP's major vehicle for distributing information is the Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse. JJC offers toll-free telephone and online access to information, prepares specialized responses to information requests, produces and distributes OJJDP publications, provides exhibits at national conferences, and maintains a comprehensive juvenile justice library and data base. The Clearinghouse is a component of the National Criminal Justice Reference Service and is located in Rockville, MD.
During the past 2 years, JJC redesigned the home page on OJJDP's Web site, making it easier for users to locate juvenile justice information and resources. The home page now includes subpages highlighting special OJJDP programs and initiatives.
The Clearinghouse also oversees OJJDP's popular electronic mailing list, JUVJUST, which currently has more than 2,000 subscribers. JUVJUST alerts subscribers to new documents, funding opportunities, and other OJJDP news. Subscribers received more than 90 postings in 1997.
JJC also produces many of OJJDP's publications, including the Juvenile Justice journal, OJJDP Bulletins and Fact Sheets, Research Reports, and the widely acclaimed Portable Guides to Investigating Child Abuse series. This series, produced for OJJDP's Missing and Exploited Children's Program, won a first-place Blue Pencil award from the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC) in 1997. Two other JJC publications highlighting OJJDP's Youth Environmental Services initiative also were recognized by NAGC in 1997.
JJC distributed close to 3 million publications to a mailing list of almost 100,000 individuals during 1996 and 1997; another 100,000 people learned of OJJDP publications at 167 conferences attended by JJC staff. During the past 2 years, the Clearinghouse responded to more than 100,000 requests for information that were received via the toll-free number, the Internet, and fax services. JJC also maintains an extensive library collection and database and acquired more than 2,000 new titles during 1996 and 1997.