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OJJDP’s New Direction Is Juvenile Justice Policymaking By Erasure

CJCJ's Director of Policy and Development Brian Goldstein authors an Op-Ed on the Trump administration's OJJDP new juvenile justice policies that are harmful to youth and communities across the country. 

Appointment of permanent OJJDP director signals a positive step

The White House recently announced the appointment of Robert Listenbee Jr. as permanent director to the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).   OJJDP has not had a permanent director since 2009, with appointments regularly held up by political maneuvering in the U.S. Senate. 

Study: Long-term juvenile incarceration fails to decrease reoffending rates
A March 2011 study through the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) concludes that long-term juvenile incarceration does not decrease reoffending, and may actually increase recidivism rates for lower-level youth offenders.  Researchers conducted more than 21,000 interviews over 8 years with more than 1,300 felony offenders ages 14--18 in the cities of Philadelphia and Phoenix.   Researchers also interviewed parents and peers and examined arrest records. Their…

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