In September 2017, we told the story of Agnes Gund, the banking heiress who sold a Roy Lichtenstein masterpiece for $165 million and donated the proceeds to the Art for Justice Fund she founded. The purpose was to “do something about” the mass incarceration of minor drug offenders that filled American jails with 2.3 million people and distinguished the U.S. as the jailor of more of its citizens than any other country on earth.
The Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the University of Colorado Boulder will host the 2018 Blueprints Conference on April 30 to May 2, 2018, in Denver, CO. The conference will focus on evidence-based programs that promote positive youth development and will provide guidance for practitioners implementing these programs in their communities. Blueprints founder Dr. Delbert Elliott; Dr. David Hawkins, founding director of the Social Development Research Group; and Dr. James Mercy, director of violence prevention with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will present keynote addresses
OJJDP invites fifth graders to participate in the 2018 National Missing Children’s Day poster contest.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.