Report: OJJDP Gave States “Pass” on Racial Disparities Work for Years
The Justice Department’s Inspector General reported this week that the agency’s juvenile justice division was willfully ignoring compliance standards on disproportionate minority contact (DMC), failing to penalize states that were not doing enough to identify and assess racial disparities in their juvenile justice systems.
JJDPA Reauthorization Bill Coming This Week
Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), speaking at a National Press Club event, said that he and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) plan to introduce a bill this week to reauthorize the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA).
Political Implications of OJJDP “Compliance-Gate”
This week’s Senate Judiciary Committee “Compliance-Gate” hearing on Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention grants brought a relatively bureaucratic kerfuffle into the political theater. It isn’t every day that an assistant attorney general testifies at the same hearing as two of her employees, and is asked by a senator – Judiciary Chair Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) – to vow she will not punish them in any way.
The Year in Youth Services: A Look Back at Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice in 2013
2013 is in the books, readers. All that’s left to do is watch the ball drop, sip champagne and sing a song. In no particular order, here’s a look at some of the most notable developments in child welfare and juvenile justice this year: Foster Youth Uninterrupted The year began with President Barack Obama signing the Uninterrupted Scholars Act, which permits caseworkers to access academic records of foster youth without the permission of a birth parent or court official.
YSI: So OJJDP Boss Can’t Travel, But This Guy Can
Youth Services Insider came across this solicitation this week from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. The agency has $150,000 to spend on a fellow of some repute to help assess the strengths and weaknesses of juvenile data collection on all levels.
Possible Priorities for Listenbee’s OJJDP
We reported on Tuesday that the Obama administration was planning to appoint Bob Listenbee to be the next administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and Obama made that official today in a statement announcing the decision.