OFFICE OF JUSTICE PROGRAMS RELEASES JUVENILE OFFENDERS AND VICTIMS: 2006 NATIONAL REPORT
DENVER - The Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs (OJP) today released Juvenile Offenders and Victims: 2006 National Report, the third in a series of comprehensive reports containing critical information about juvenile crime, victimization and the juvenile justice system. The 2006 National Report, part of OJP's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's research and data collection effort, provides a comprehensive view of the nature of juvenile crime and violence across the country. The first report was published in 1995 and the second report in 1999.
"The information in this report is an indispensable resource for juvenile justice practitioners and others in the criminal justice profession," said Regina B. Schofield, Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs. "Communities will find this information extremely helpful as they identify specific risk and prevention factors while taking advantage of the community assessment tool available through the First Lady's Helping America's Youth Initiative."
Juvenile Offenders and Victims: 2006 National Report draws upon reliable data and relevant research to provide a comprehensive and insightful view of juvenile crime across the nation. The report offers a clear view of juvenile crime and the criminal justice system's response at the beginning of the 21st century.
Key findings in the report include:
Assistant Attorney General Schofield announced the release of the report today during the 33rd National Conference on Juvenile Justice sponsored by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, in conjunction with the National District Attorneys Association.
Helping America's Youth is a nationwide effort, initiated by the President and led by First Lady Laura Bush, to benefit children and teenagers by encouraging action in three key areas: family, school, and community. The Community Guide to Helping America's Youth helps communities build partnerships, assess their needs and resources and select from program designs that could be replicated in their community. It walks community groups through the steps necessary for building strong supports for youth. The Community Guide to Helping America's Youth is available at www.helpingamericasyouth.gov.
The report includes information about the characteristics of juvenile populations; juvenile victims; juvenile offenders; juvenile justice system structure and process; law enforcement and juvenile crime; juvenile offenders in court; and juvenile offenders in correctional facilities. The 243-page report is well-indexed and organized for easy reference. The full report is available at www.usdoj.gov.
The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) provides federal leadership in developing the nation's capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice and assist victims. OJP is headed by an Assistant Attorney General and comprises five component bureaus and an office: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the National Institute of Justice; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; the Office for Victims of Crime; and the Community Capacity Development Office, which incorporates the Weed and Seed strategy and OJP's American Indian and Alaska Native Affairs Desk. More information can be found at www.ojp.usdoj.gov.