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OJJDP's Pathways to Desistance Bulletins Now Available in E-Book Format

Bulletins from OJJDP’s Pathways to Desistance series are now available in EPUB and MOBI formats. This series presents findings from a study investigating the factors that lead serious juvenile offenders to cease or continue offending. This study, cosponsored by OJJDP, followed more than 1,300 adolescent offenders for 7 years after their court involvement. Series topics include an overview of major findings; substance use and delinquent behavior among serious adolescent offenders; transfer of juveniles to adult court; behavioral health problems, treatment, and outcomes in serious youthful offenders; and the link between psychosocial maturity and desistance from crime.  More icon

  OJJDP Bulletin Summarizes Juvenile Residential Facility
  Census

Juvenile Residential Facility Census, 2012: Selected FindingsOJJDP has released "Juvenile Residential Facility Census, 2012: Selected Findings." This bulletin presents findings from the 2012 Juvenile Residential Facility Census. This biennial survey collects information on facilities in which juvenile offenders are held and reports on the number of youth who were injured or died in custody. The data indicate that the juvenile offender population in residential placement dropped 14 percent from 2010 to 2012, and more offenders were in local facilities in 2012 than were in state-operated facilities. The survey also reports on security features used at public, state, and private facilities, including locking youth in their sleeping rooms. More icon

 
From the Administrator
Robert L. Listenbee

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In a recent video message, OJJDP Administrator Robert L. Listenbee highlights the new OJJDP National Mentoring Resource Center. Also, in light of National Mentoring Month (January), he discusses the impact of evidence-based mentoring practices.


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OJJDP News @ a Glance,
January/February 2015

OJJDP announces the availability of OJJDP News @ a Glance, January/February 2015. This issue’s top story and video message from OJJDP Administrator Robert L. Listenbee highlight the new OJJDP-MENTOR National Mentoring Resource Center and, in light of National Mentoring Month in January, the impact of evidence-based mentoring practices.

Other features highlight the National Mentoring Summit that OJJDP co-hosted; launch of the White House Asian American and Pacific Islander Bullying Prevention Task Force; Departments of Justice and Education release of a correctional education guidance package to improve the quality of educational services for confined youth; Justice Department partnership with Facebook and Bing to expand the reach of AMBER Alerts; and more.  More icon

Words Unlocked Poetry Initiative Open to Incarcerated Youth

In observance of April as National Poetry Month, the Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings invites youth held in secure facilities to participate in its nationwide Words Unlocked poetry initiative and contest. This year's theme of “Transformation!” encourages youth to share poetry describing transformations that they have experienced, hope to experience, or fear they may experience. Free online resourcesfor this month-long program include daily lesson plans, classroom materials, and contest guidelines. More icon