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OJJDP Publishes Updates on Comprehensive Juvenile Justice System Improvement Initiative

In 2014, OJJDP selected Kentucky, Hawaii, and Georgia to participate in its Comprehensive Juvenile Justice System Improvement Initiative. Since then, South Dakota and West Virginia (2015), Kansas (2016), and Utah (2017) have joined the initiative. Under the initiative’s Comprehensive Strategy to Juvenile Justice Reform, these states are working to provide diversion alternatives, community-based options, and other improvements to reduce recidivism, decrease correctional spending, and improve public safety. OJJDP awarded funding to the Crime and Justice Institute of Community Resources for Justice to provide training and technical assistance to help these states implement their juvenile justice improvements.

The following OJJDP-sponsored publications provide implementation updates for each state:

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November 17 ,2017

OJJDP - funded Bulletin Supports Diversion for Youth with Behavioral Health Needs

The National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, with support from OJJDP, have released "Disrupting School-Justice Pathways for Youth with Behavioral Health Needs." This technical assistance bulletin provides response strategies for stakeholders to divert youth with behavioral health needs away from the juvenile justice system.

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November 02 ,2017

A Community

The Martin Luther King housing projects in Harlem are less than a mile from the wealthiest zip code in America. The apartments along Fifth Avenue facing Central Park from 59th to 89th street sell for $3 million to $30 million. Agnes Gund, a banking heiress and president emerita of the Museum of Modern Art, lives in one of those apartments. Agnes is a renowned collector of modern art who recently surprised the art world by selling the Roy Lichtenstein masterpiece that long hung over the mantle in her Manhattan apartment for $162 million, one of the 15 highest prices ever paid for artwork. She then further shocked the nonprofit world by donating $100 million from the sale to create the Art for Justice Fund, which on its website calls itself a movement to end mass incarceration. “I thought I should do something about something that to me is so wrong about our system,” Gund said. With that simple statement, Agnes Gund recognized the plight of the poor community that lived a universe away from her posh surroundings but only a half mile from her front door.

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September 29 ,2017

OJJDP Webinar Series to Discuss Commercial Sex Trafficking Research

OJJDP, in collaboration with the National Criminal Justice Training Center of Fox Valley Technical College, will present the three-part webinar series "Commercial Sex Trafficking—Using Research Findings To Support Investigations" on September 13, 19, and 26, 2017, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. ET. This series will explore research related to commercial sex trafficking of minors and how to improve system responses to victims. The presenter will share findings regarding traffickers and buyers, as well as issues specific to American Indian youth. The first webinar will examine research about perpetrators, including common characteristics and grooming methods. The second and third webinars will explore findings related to factors that put youth at risk for sex trafficking.

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September 12 ,2017

Webinar to Discuss Child Forensic Guidelines in Child Abuse Cases

On August 16, 2017, from 2 to 3:15 p.m. ET, OJJDP, in collaboration with the National Criminal Justice Training Center, will present "Which Comes First: the Child Forensic Interview or the Medical-Forensic Exam?" This webinar will address the child forensic interview and the medical evaluation portions of the National Children's Alliance’s new "Standards for Accredited Members." The webinar will review the criteria for categorizing disclosures of child sexual abuse as emergency, urgent, and nonurgent; best practices for performing a medical examination; and the purpose and admissibility of statements made during a child forensic interview and medical forensic examination. 

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August 07 ,2017

OJJDP Updates Juvenile Homicide Data on Statistical Briefing Book

OJJDP has updated its Statistical Briefing Book (SBB):

• FAQs describing juvenile homicide victims and juvenile homicide offending have been updated to include data through 2015.
 Easy Access to the FBI’s Supplementary Homicide Reports (EZASHR), a data analysis tool, has been updated to include data through 2015. EZASHR provides access to more than 30 years of national and state data on homicide victims and homicide offenders, including information on the age, sex, and race of victims and offenders; the victim-offender relationship; and the type of weapon used.

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July 26 ,2017

Request for Applications Seeks Jurisdictions for Multi-System Improvement Training

The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR), in partnership with OJJDP’s Center for Coordinated Assistance to States, has issued a request for applications for jurisdictions seeking to engage in system improvement efforts through the Multi-System Collaboration Training and Technical Assistance Program (MSC-TTA).

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July 19 ,2017

Article Highlights Juvenile Justice Reform in Several States

A new article posted on The Pew Charitable Trusts website highlights seven states taking the lead in systemwide, multicomponent, juvenile justice reform as part of Pew’s Public Safety Performance Project.

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June 15 ,2017

OJJDP Announces New Funding Opportunities

OJJDP has announced the following fiscal year 2017 funding opportunities:

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June 12 ,2017

OJJDP-funded Toolkit To Support Law Enforcement Responses to Children Exposed to Violence Released

Yesterday, the OJJDP-funded toolkit, developed by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the Yale Child Study Center, was released in conjunction with Police Week.

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May 18 ,2017

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