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OJJDP Welcomes Administrator Caren Harp

January 23, 2018

OJJDP Welcomes Administrator Caren HarpOn January 19, 2018, Caren Harp was sworn in as Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Ms. Harp brings nearly three decades of legal experience to OJJDP, including as a prosecuting attorney and public defender in juvenile and criminal court in Arkansas.

Ms. Harp is a former director of the National Juvenile Justice Prosecution Center at the American Prosecutors Research Institute. She also served as Chief of the Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit in the Family Court Division of the New York City Law Department.

Prior to being appointed Administrator, Ms. Harp served for 5 years as an associate professor of law at the Liberty University School of Law where she taught courses on children and the law, evidence, professional responsibility, and trial advocacy.


  • Read Administrator Harp's bio.
  • Read the announcement from the White House.

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