On June 9, 2014, OJJDP Administrator Robert L. Listenbee testified before a field hearing of the Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) in Pawtucket, RI, that focused on the reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (Act). Listenbee emphasized the Department of Justice’s support for reauthorization of the Act and outlined OJJDP priorities to address juvenile justice reform that include:
- Maintain public safety; adopt a developmental approach to juvenile justice reform.
- Integrate evidence-based research in all programs, grants, and initiatives.
- Reduce youth violence; address trauma and trauma-informed care.
- Reduce disproportionate minority contact; eliminate racial/ethnic disparities.
Listenbee provided an overview of OJJDP’s activities fostering juvenile justice reform and public safety, including support for the Attorney General’s Defending Childhood initiative, the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention, the Supportive School Discipline Initiative, the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program, and the Community-Based Violence Prevention Program.
Learn more about the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act.