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  • Thursday, July 15, 2010
  • Contact: Office of Justice Programs
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Weekly News Brief

Supporting the Field—Laurie O. Robinson, OJP’s Assistant Attorney General, discusses OJP’s grant-making responsibilities and her commitment to a fair and accessible application process in a video included in the July issue of the Justice Resource Update.

Juvenile Justice Topics—The Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention published a Request for Public Comments in the Federal Register on July 8 seeking input about the Council’s efforts in four priority areas: education and at-risk youth, juvenile reentry and transitions into adulthood, racial/ethnic disparities in juvenile justice and related systems, and tribal youth and juvenile justice. Comments must be received by August 9, 2010, to be considered.

Alcohol and Crime Web Page—The Bureau of Justice Statistics has created a single resource that presents data on alcohol-related crime from several BJS data collections, including the National Crime Victimization Survey, 1997-2008; National Incident-Based Reporting System, 2007; and the Survey of Inmates in State and Federal Correctional Facilities, 2004. Among the selected findings on the Web page are: Alcohol-related incidents with juvenile offenders were more likely to involve female offenders (25 percent) than incidents with adult offenders (18 percent); almost half (47 percent) of victims in alcohol-related incidents of violence involved victims and offenders who were in a domestic relationship; simple assault (68 percent) was the most common violent offense perpetrated by an offender suspected of using alcohol; about 61 percent of alcohol-related violent incidents resulted in an injury to the victim; and, in 2008, 18 percent of victims of violent crime perceived the offender to be under the influence of alcohol, a decline from 24 percent in 1997.