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- Acting Assistant Attorney General Mary Lou Leary speaks to OJP staff about September 11
Dear OJP Colleagues,
Please join me in a quiet observance of Patriot Day in memory of the 2,993 people who lost their lives in the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States…
In 2001, President George W. Bush signed into law this discretionary day of remembrance…. Beginning in 2009, President Obama and the First...Lady have asked Americans to volunteer in their communities to honor the heroes of September 11 and those who serve in our Armed Services on a 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, hoping to reignite the spirit of unity and service that inspired Americans after the 9/11 tragedy.See More
While time has passed, our memories of those who gave their lives is as clear and bright as the weather that Tuesday morning in 2001. Please join me the morning of Sept. 11 to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 AM--the moment when the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center.
In addition, let me offer the following ideas about ways in which you can participate in renewing a spirit of national pride and a true love of country.
1. Take a moment to think about how you felt on 9/11 and let those sentiments guide you.
2. Fly an American flag of any size at half-staff on 9/11.
3. Observe a moment of silence for our fellow citizens who lost their lives in this tragedy.
4. Volunteer in your community as a way of celebrating unity and service.
I know you join me in acknowledging Sept. 11’s heroes, their families and loved ones, and the many Americans who work hard each day honoring the sacrifices that those heroes made so that Sept. 11 never happens again.
- In the two-weeks between August 27 and September 9, OJP awarded 415 grants totaling $186,837,579! Read the details here: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/
Office of Justice Programs shared a link.The Supreme Court cited three OJJDP publications in its recent decision banning mandatory life sentences for juveniles convicted of homicide. An analysis of the decision and many other stories can be found in the latest issue of OJJDP @ a ......Glance. The July/August edition of the newsletter highlights the Department of Justice’s Intertribal Youth Summit, the third Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit, the Attorney General’s Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence, and more. This issue also features new publications, grants, and other activities related to juvenile justice.See More
- OJJDP Announces 2013 National Missing Children's Day Poster Contest
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention encourages fifth grade students to participate in the National Missing Children’s Day poster contest. The annual...contest creates an opportunity for schools, law enforcement, and other child advocates to discuss the issue of missing and/or exploited children with children, parents, and guardians and to promote child safety.See More
OJJDP will invite the national winner to Washington, DC, to participate in the National Missing Children’s Day commemoration in May 2013, at which he or she will receive an award for the winning artwork.
Visit the poster contest resource page for additional information, including contest rules and submission deadlines http://mecptraining.org/poster-contest/poster-contest-resources.
Access resources for missing/or and exploited children and their families on the OJJDP Web site http://www.ojjdp.gov/childabduction.html.
- Report on Well-Being of Nation's Children Released
The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics has released its annual report, "America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being." Among the findings from...this year's assessment, both adolescent births and violent crime victimization declined. The report also reveals that the number of children living in poverty increased. OJJDP is 1 of 22 federal agencies that constitute the forum. Print copies can be ordered online from the National Criminal Justice Reference Service https://www.ncjrs.gov/.See More
- Nominations for the National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Are Due September 5!
Each April since 1981, the Office for Victims of Crime has helped lead communities throughout the country in their annual observances of National Crime Victims...’ Rights Week (NCVRW) by promoting victims’ rights and honoring crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf. As a prelude to NCVRW, extraordinary victim service providers, allied professionals, and crime victims who have been nominated by their colleagues and peers are honored during the National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony. If you know of persons or programs deserving of a National Crime Victims’ Service Award, please nominate them now at https://ovcncvrw.ncjrs.gov/awards/default.html.See More
Nominations are due September 5.
- Today in OJP history -- On August 31, 1969, OJP’s predecessor, the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA), issued its first annual report! Read it at http://go.usa.gov/rUJC
- NIJ’s “Research for the Real World” seminar series is shining a spotlight on New Orleans next week with a talk by Michael Jacobson, Ph.D., President and Director of the Vera Institute of Justice. He will speak on “Reforming New Orleans’ Cr...iminal Justice System: The Role of Data and Research,”See More
Wednesday, September 5, from 10:00 am–11:30 am in OJP’s 3rd Floor Ballroom, 810 7th Street, NW.
Following Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans invited the Vera Institute of Justice to examine the city’s court and jail operations. For five years, Vera has been tracking arrest-to-first-appearance time, custodial arrests versus summonses, the granting of pretrial release, and many other decision-making points in the criminal justice system. Like many other jurisdictions, New Orleans had never collected court, jail, and other justice system data in ways that could guide policy development. Vera’s work has demonstrated to key stakeholders—including legislators and executive officials—that data analysis can be critical to understanding such issues as how police officers manage their time or how large a jail should be built to hold future criminal offenders. Come and learn more about how this research can affect criminal justice policies in the years to come!
Michael P. Jacobson is the author of Downsizing Prisons: How to Reduce Crime and End Mass Incarceration. A professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, Dr. Jacobson was the New York City Correction Commissioner from 1995 to 1998 and the city’s Probation Commissioner from 1992 to 1998. In October 2010 he was appointed to the New York State Permanent Sentencing Commission.
The seminar is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Yolanda Curtis at Yolanda.Curtis@usdoj.gov or 202-305-2554. You must RSVP to gain access to the OJP building. Please allow 20 minutes to get through security. More: http://www.nij.gov/nij/events/research-real-world.htm
- NIJ has released the Research Report Digest, Issue 7.
In NIJ’s Research Report Digest, you will find brief descriptions of studies in a variety of criminal justice disciplines, such as criminology and forensic sciences, and evaluations of technologies that are used in the law enforcement and corrections fields.
Below is a description of one study featured in the latest Research Report Digest:
Y...oung people exposed to violence are at risk for a variety of destructive behaviors, but certain circumstances can help youth be much more resilient. A study drawing on data from the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods examined factors that helped young people bounce back from negative experiences. Both victims and witnesses to violence were more resilient when they had positive family, friend and neighborhood support.See More
This issue includes reports based on NIJ-funded research that were added to the NCJRS Abstracts Database from January through March 2012.
- Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) staff are working with officials in Colorado to support victims, family members, and first responders in the July 20 mass shooting in Aurora, and with officials in Wisconsin regarding the mass shooting at t...he Oak Creek Gurdwara on August 5. Funding under the Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program (AEAP) helps OVC support state and local efforts to provide both short and longer-term services, such as crisis counseling; medical and mental health costs, lost wages, and funeral expenses; emergency transportation and travel; repatriation of remains; support of victim participation in criminal justice proceedings; and victim advocacy, outreach, and education.See More
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