January | February 2012

News From the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and
Delinquency Prevention

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The Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention held a meeting on Friday, February 10, 2012, in Washington, DC. Luke Tate, Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) led a presentation on the HUD and GreatSchools Partnership, which facilitates access to information, such as school performance and extracurricular activities, that is critical to helping parents make more informed choices and find the school that fits their child's needs.

Edward Mulvey, psychiatry professor for the University of Pittsburgh Medical School, and Carol Schubert, research program administrator at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, discussed the OJJDP-sponsored Pathways to Desistance study of serious juvenile offenders. The agenda also included remarks from representatives of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Office of National Drug Control Policy on the study's policy recommendations, as well as other agency announcements and updates. More information about the meeting will be available in the next issue of OJJDP News @ a Glance.

Meetings of the council are open to the public. Visit the council Web site to learn more and read minutes from past meetings.

The Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is an independent body within the executive branch of the federal government operated under the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The council's primary functions are to coordinate federal juvenile delinquency prevention programs, federal programs and activities that detain or care for unaccompanied juveniles, and federal programs relating to missing and exploited children.

The council is made up of 22 members—13 ex officio and affiliate members and 9 practitioners. The ex officio members are: the Attorney General; the Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; the Secretaries of the U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services (HHS), Housing and Urban Development, and Labor; the Assistant Secretary of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy; and the Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Affiliate members are the Secretaries of the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Defense, and the Interior, and the Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of HHS. The nine juvenile justice practitioner members are appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Senate Majority Leader, and the President of the United States.