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The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is celebrating its 45th anniversary. Signed into law on September 7, 1974, the JJDP Act established OJJDP to support local and state efforts to prevent delinquency and improve the juvenile justice system. The Office has awarded more than $11 billion since 1974, making significant strides in preventing chid abuse, locating missing and exploited children, implementing interventions for young offenders, and forming effective partnerships with tribal communities.
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OJJDP Updates Statistical Briefing Book OJJDP has updated its Statistical Briefing Book (SBB):
Developed for OJJDP by the National Center for Juvenile Justice, the research division of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, SBB offers easy online access to statistics on a variety of juvenile justice topics.
OJJDP and the National Institute of Justice have released “Juvenile Arrests, 2017.” This bulletin documents recent trends in juvenile arrests using data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report. Overall, juvenile arrests have declined for more than a decade, but patterns vary by demographic group and offense. Findings show that in 2017, law enforcement agencies arrested more than 809,700 persons younger than 18 years old. This was the lowest number since at least 1980—and 70 percent below its 1996 peak of nearly 2.7 million. However, juvenile arrests for certain offenses increased. In addition, relative declines in arrests have been greater for boys than for girls across many offenses. As a result, the female share of juvenile arrests has grown since 1980. (See document list below)