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NIJ Releases Article on OJJDP Juvenile Justice Data Collection

Posted by GVT Admin on Mar 12, 2021 11:30:00 AM

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has posted a new article discussing OJJDP’s Census of Juveniles in Residential Placement and Juvenile Residential Facility Census.

Both OJJDP-sponsored surveys gather information from residential placement facilities that hold juveniles who are charged or adjudicated for an offense. The article describes the work that OJJDP and NIJ are performing to improve data collection on juveniles in residential placement and the facilities in which they are held.


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Topics: Juvenile Justice, National Institute of Justice (NIJ), Data Collection

The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow....

Posted by GVT Admin on Feb 10, 2021 1:15:00 PM

Since 1977 when Annie opened on Broadway, theatrical artists have been portraying endangered youth who have experienced both maltreatment and engaged in delinquent behavior like Oliver Twist and Little Orphan Annie.

Oliver! and Annie, two of Broadway’s most iconic musicals, star two children caught between Juvenile Justice and Child Protective Services. 

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Topics: Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice, children, Children Services

Juvenile Justice...A Success Story

Posted by GVT Admin on Jan 21, 2021 12:30:00 PM

Case workers in Juvenile Justice have long been concerned about a subversive movement in the back halls of Congress and many state houses to erase any distinction between young offenders and adult criminals. As recently as the 1990s almost all 50 states overhauled their juvenile justice laws, allowing more youths to be tried as adults and scrapping long-time protections to help rehabilitate delinquent kids and prevent future crimes. Only ignorance of the history of juvenile justice in United States could be responsible for a now subdued but continued movement to “simplify” criminal justice by merging juveniles and adults together in the eyes of the law. May we take a moment to remind everyone how our juvenile justice system evolved to its present effective state.

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Topics: Juvenile Justice, social justice, Case Workers

OJJDP Releases Fact Sheet on Delinquency Cases in Juvenile Court

Posted by GVT Admin on Jan 4, 2021 10:42:38 AM

OJJDP has released "Delinquency Cases in Juvenile Court, 2018." This fact sheet presents statistics on delinquency cases handled in U.S. juvenile courts from 2005 to 2018. During that period, the number of delinquency cases involving juveniles declined 55 percent. Decreases were experienced across four offense categories: property, public order, person, and drug law violation cases. The estimates are based on data from more than 2,500 courts with jurisdiction over 87 percent of the nation's juvenile population in 2018. This fact sheet is derived from the OJJDP-sponsored report “Juvenile Court Statistics 2018” and was developed with support from the National Institute of Justice.

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Topics: Juvenile Justice, OJJDP, Delinquency Cases

OJJDP Announces Upcoming January Webinars

Posted by GVT Admin on Dec 30, 2020 9:45:05 AM

Register for upcoming juvenile justice-related webinars on funding, programs, and initiatives.




January 7, 2020

OJJDP FY 2021 Family Drug Court Program


January 12, 2020

OJJDP FY2021 Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Solicitation Webinar


January 12 – 13, 2020

Community Response to High Risk Missing and Sex Trafficking Victims


January 14, 2020

OJJDP FY 2021 Second Chance Act Youth Offender Reentry Program


January 20, 2020

Initial Response Strategies and Tactics When Responding to Missing Children Incidents


January 21, 2020

OJJDP FY 2021 Opioid Affected Youth Initiative




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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Juvenile Justice, OJJDP, Victim Services, Webinars

Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice To Hold Virtual Meeting

Posted by GVT Admin on Nov 17, 2020 8:56:21 PM

On November 18, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET, the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice (FACJJ) will hold a virtual meeting. Composed of members of state advisory groups on juvenile justice, the FACJJ advises the President, Congress, and OJJDP Administrator on matters related to juvenile justice, and evaluates the progress and accomplishments of juvenile justice activities and projects.

Register to attend.

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Topics: Juvenile Justice

Juvenile Justice During COVID-19

Posted by GVT Admin on Jul 1, 2020 9:00:00 AM

COVID-19 Diagnoses in Juvenile Facilities
Known Cases as of June 24
658 youth, 771 staff 

Annie E. Casey Foundation

“If there was ever a good time to make sure that not a single young person spends a single day in detention or placement unless there is an immediate and severe risk to community safety, this is it,” says Nate Balis, director of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Juvenile Justice Strategy Group. “This is the time for juvenile justice agencies to scrutinize every detention and placement decision and to review — if not reconsider — every policy that leans toward confinement.”

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Topics: Juvenile Justice, social justice, Covid-19

OJJDP Announces Upcoming Webinars

Posted by GVT Admin on Jun 11, 2020 12:00:00 PM
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Topics: Child Welfare, Foster Care, Juvenile Justice, OJJDP

Inspiring Colleagues

Posted by George Ritacco on Mar 31, 2020 10:16:23 AM

Today, we all work in silos with our heads down and our noses to the grindstone. This self-imposed isolation adds to the burn out rate in social services. This blog hopes to offer you a refreshing break from the intensity of your service – “Think of reading this blog as a refreshing “glance around the room” looking for inspiration and encouragement from your colleagues who, like you, have dedicated their lives to the service of society’s most vulnerable.”

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Topics: Juvenile Justice

OJJDP Announces New Funding Opportunities

Posted by George Ritacco on Feb 28, 2020 11:29:44 AM

The Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention has just announced several grants that are available.

• Opioid Affected Youth Initiative 
All applications are due by April 20, 2020.

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Topics: Juvenile Justice

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