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     OJJDP National Juvenile Justice Data Analysis Program

Overview:

Started in the 1990s, the National Juvenile Justice Data Analysis Program is OJJDP's central, primary resource to assemble juvenile justice-related data sets, analyze and report on complex data and issues, and develop publications and online resources to make juvenile justice data easily accessible to the field and the general public. OJJDP supports the program to provide vital data to the field on juvenile well-being and risk behaviors, juvenile victimization and offending, the juvenile justice system's response to law-violating behavior, and related issues. These data inform juvenile justice policy and practice at the federal, state, and local levels.

The latest solicitation for the National Juvenile Justice Data Analysis Program was issued and awarded in 2016.

Goals and Objectives:

The National Center for Juvenile Justice of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges administers this program. The goal of this program is to address the information needs of OJJDP and the juvenile justice field, taking advantage of existing databases to produce empirical information on a range of topics and disseminating this information to diverse audiences in a variety of formats. To meet this goal, the program:

  • Analyzes major juvenile justice national data sets,
  • Maintains the OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book (SBB) website—including its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and data analysis tools,
  • Prepares publications, including OJJDP statistical bulletins and web-based data briefs, and
  • Identifies and develops display options and products to more prominently feature OJJDP's most commonly requested and accessed statistical information.

Milestones:

The program is ongoing and has completed dozens of reports and web-based products on a wide range of topics. These products are based on analyses of the major juvenile justice national data sets (e.g., the Census of Juveniles in Residential Placement, the Juvenile Residential Facility Census, the National Incident-Based Reporting System, the Uniform Crime Reporting Program, and the National Crime Victimization Survey).

The program recently added a "Special Topics" section to address specific populations, including Hispanic Youth and girls, or topical issues, along with "State Juvenile Justice Profiles" that provide state- level data on a variety of juvenile justice indicators, such as population characteristics and arrest and residential placement rates.

Publications and Products:

The program releases Data Snapshots to highlight policy-relevant findings from juvenile justice related data collections.

OJJDP released Juveniles in Residential Placement, 2015. This bulletin provides information on the characteristics of youth held for delinquency and status offenses in public and private residential facilities in every state.

OJJDP released the Juvenile Residential Facility Census Databook to facilitate independent analysis of national data on the characteristics of youth residential placement facilities.

Access additional publications: The National Report series of reports, bulletins, and fact sheets produced by the program can be found on the OJJDP publications page.

The OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book presents the most current statistics on juvenile offenders and victims and the juvenile justice system and continues to be the most visited component of the OJJDP web site.

The Easy Access family of online data analysis and dissemination tools on the Statistical Briefing Book give users quick and easy access to detailed statistics on a variety of juvenile justice topics.

Contact Information:

Benjamin Adams, Social Science Analyst
Benjamin.Adams@usdoj.gov | 202-616-3687

Charles Puzzanchera, Senior Research Associate
cpuzzanchera@ncjfcj.org | 412-246-0834
National Center for Juvenile Justice

Project Snapshot

Project Title: National Juvenile Justice Data Analysis Program

Most recent solicitation: OJJDP FY 2016 National Juvenile Justice Data Analysis Program

Grantee: National Center for Juvenile Justice

Current award start date: October 1, 2016

Anticipated end date: September 30, 2019

Award status: Active

Type of research: Data collection and analysis
 

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