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OJJDP Priorities

OJJDP's three priorities reflect the Office's guiding philosophy: to enhance the welfare of America’s youth and broaden their opportunities for a better future. To bring these goals to fruition, OJJDP is leading efforts to transform the juvenile justice system into one that will—

The juvenile justice field's decisionmaking must be informed by science and research to ensure young people are adjudicated fairly and given opportunities to learn and recover from youthful mistakes.

Community-based programs that involve families as a critical component enhance youth outcomes, increase public safety, and strengthen neighborhoods.

Juvenile justice practitioners must recognize and address the barriers to success that involvement with the juvenile justice system creates for youth.

The Latest from OJJDP

October is Youth Justice Action Month

President Joseph Biden has issued a proclamation designating October as National Youth Justice Action Month. OJJDP joins partners to raise awareness about the impact of the justice system on children. 

OJJDP Observes National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. OJJDP's Preventing Youth Hate Crimes & Identity-Based Bullying Initiative focuses on prevention and early intervention to combat the effects of bullying and hate crimes.

OJJDP News @ a Glance, September/October 2022

The September/October newsletter highlights Youth Justice Action Month and OJJDP's focus on keeping young people out of confinement, the role youth play in OJJDP's initiative to address bullying and hate crimes, and a school-based program to deter violent crime.

Learn about Funding

Learn about Funding

OJJDP funding programs support state and community efforts to develop effective prevention and intervention programs and to improve juvenile justice systems.
Access Resources

Access Resources

OJJDP produces and sponsors numerous publications and products each year that focus on different aspects of juvenile justice.
Find Programs

Find Programs

OJJDP sponsors programs to prevent and respond to juvenile delinquency and victimization and improve juvenile justice systems.
Participate in Events

Participate in Events

Learn about upcoming webinars and in-person conferences and training opportunities that support OJJDP's mission.

Preventing Youth Hate Crimes & Identity-Based Bullying  Initiative

Discover more about OJJDP's Preventing Youth Hate Crimes & Identity-Based Bullying  Initiative. This national initiative focuses on prevention and early intervention from a youth-based perspective.