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On 40th Anniversary of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, Administrator Listenbee Cites Law's Impact

September 8, 2014

OJJDP 40 Anniversary logoIn a new blog post on the Department of Justice Web site, OJJDP Administrator Robert L. Listenbee discusses the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act into law and its impact on juvenile justice. The JJDP Act established OJJDP to support local and state efforts to prevent delinquency and improve the juvenile justice system. In his message, Listenbee details significant strides that OJJDP and its partners have made in juvenile justice reform, including:

  • Violent crime arrest rates for youth are at their lowest point since at least 1980.
  • Youth in residential placement declined 42 percent between 1997 and 2011.
  • Youth in residential placement for status offenses decreased 64 percent.

Listenbee adds that challenges still remain regarding youth in custody for nonviolent offenses and rates of confinement for minority youth. Recent scientific findings, especially regarding adolescent development and trauma, are catalyzing recent reforms and transformation of the juvenile justice system.


Learn more about the JJDP Act.