Federal Office of Juvenile Justice needs a leader-and fast

The Washington Post

July 22, 2011


A lengthy vacancy at the top in the federal office charged with combating juvenile delinquency and improving conditions of youth incarceration requires President Obama’s swift attention.The Justice Department’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) sets standards for custody and care of young people in the juvenile justice system and awards grants to encourage states to meet certain benchmarks. The office has been hampered, to the point of being ineffectual, as a result of serial budget cuts; the absence of an administrator at the helm has only exacerbated its woes.
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