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About OJJDP

Description

About the Office

The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, Public Law 93–415, as amended, established the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to support local and state efforts to prevent delinquency and improve the juvenile justice system.

A component of the Office of Justice Programs within the U.S. Department of Justice, OJJDP works to prevent and respond to youth delinquency and protect children.

Through its divisions, OJJDP sponsors research, program, and training initiatives; develops priorities and goals and sets policies to guide federal juvenile justice issues; disseminates information about juvenile justice issues; and awards funds to states to support local programming. 

Vision Statement 2021

Vision Statement

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) envisions a nation where our children are free from crime and violence. If they come into contact with the justice system, the contact should be rare, fair, and beneficial to them. 

Mission Statement 2021

Mission Statement

OJJDP provides national leadership, coordination, and resources to prevent and respond to youth delinquency and victimization. The Office helps states, localities, and tribes develop effective and equitable juvenile justice systems that create safer communities and empower youth to lead productive lives.

Acting Administrator

On January 20, 2021, Chyrl Jones was named Acting Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Learn More about the Acting Administrator.

Organization Chart

OJJDP Organization Chart shows the Deputy Administrator Under the Administrator and all OJJDP Divisions under the Deputy Administrator.

View the complete staff listing.

 

Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act

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JJDP ACT

Congress enacted the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act (Pub. L. No. 93-415, 42 U.S.C. § 5601 et seq.) in 1974. The JJDP Act established OJJDP to support local and state efforts to prevent delinquency and improve the juvenile justice system.

Learn more about the JJDP Act and the impact it has had on juvenile justice.

JJDP Act Reauthorization 2018

In December 2018, President Trump signed into law the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2018 (JJRA), reauthorizing and substantially amending the JJDP Act of 1974.

Redline Version: JJDP Act As Amended

OJJDP produced the JJRA redline version, which allows users to see and track changes to the JJDP Act implemented by the new law.

Core Requirements

The JJDP Act authorizes OJJDP to provide an annual grant to each state to improve its juvenile justice system and to support juvenile delinquency prevention programs.

In order to receive an award under Title II, Part B, Formula Grant Program, states must satisfy 28 state plan requirements. Within the 28 requirements, 4 are deemed to be "core."

Learn about the core requirements.

Councils and Committees

Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice

OJJDP supports the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice (FACJJ), a consultative body composed of appointed representatives of State Advisory Groups (SAGs) from each state.

Coordinating Council

The Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention—an independent body within the executive branch of the federal government—coordinates all federal programs and activities related to juvenile delinquency prevention, the care or detention of unaccompanied juveniles, and missing and exploited children.