OJJDP Acting Administrator Highlights Office's Commitment to Reform and Racial Equity in the Juvenile Justice System
In a blog post recognizing the Biden Administration's proclamation of October as National Youth Justice Action Month, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Acting Administrator, Chyrl Jones, highlights OJJDP’s commitment to juvenile justice reform and racial equity in the juvenile justice system.
Responding to the fact that approximately 36,500 youth were in residential placement on a given day in 2019 and that the placement rate for minority youth was more than two times higher than for White youth nationally, the blog highlights the Office's investments in delinquency prevention, indigent defense, and reentry programs. Between fiscal years 2017 and 2020, OJJDP provided more than $6.8 million through its juvenile indigent defense program to dismantle barriers to effective juvenile defense counsel and in fiscal year 2020 alone, the Office awarded nearly $85 million to improve the quality and impact of mentoring programs for a diverse population of youth (PDF).
The post highlights OJJDP's efforts to reduce recidivism and enhance public safety through their juvenile reentry programs, which prepare youth for the transition back to their communities and help them combat the collateral consequences of justice-system involvement.
Acting Administrator Jones concludes the post, “We urge all stakeholders to continue working for juvenile justice reform—during National Youth Justice Action Month and after the observance.”