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OJJDP News @ a Glance, March/April 2016

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Date Published
April 2016
10 pages
Publication Series

Among the events and topics covered in this issue are OJJDP's work associated with National Child Abuse Prevention Month (April 2016), the unintended consequences on girls of mandatory and pro-arrest policies in domestic violence cases, OJJDP's support for Tribal youth, the addition of three new sites to the Violence Reduction Network, and the designation of National Reentry Week.


In connection with National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a few examples are provided of OJJDP's ongoing work to assist families, communities, and service providers in promoting the safety and well-being of the Nation's children. Also reported is OJJDP's roundtable discussion of the unintended consequences for girls and young women of mandatory and pro-arrest policies for domestic violence. This discussion was prompted by data from a number of States and counties that show high proportions of girls are detained for "adolescent domestic battery" or fights with family members. In another event, OJJDP administrator Listenbee reported on OJJDP's support for Tribal youth at the National Council on Juvenile and Family Court Judges conference. It is also reported that the Justice Department has added three new sites to the Violence Reduction Network. Milwaukee, WI, New Orleans, LA, and St Louis, MO, will join the 10 existing sites in the effort to develop and improve the capacity of local jurisdictions to address violent crime and increase public safety. In another significant event, the Justice Department designated April 24-30, 2016, as National Reentry Week. During this week, the Bureau of Prisons will coordinate at each of its facilities a reentry event, such as a job fair, mock interview fair, special event for children of incarcerated parents, or a mentorship program. Upcoming events related to OJJDP's work are also described.

Date Published: April 1, 2016