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OJJDP 2022 Listening Sessions

OJJDP is hosting a series of listening sessions and town halls with stakeholders, national partners, and youth in summer 2022. The sessions provide OJJDP an opportunity to learn about practitioners’ challenges and successes, as well as the lived experience of youth with the juvenile justice system. Feedback from these events will inform OJJDP's approach in advancing the Office's three priorities:

  • Treating children as children...

New OJJDP Initiative Promotes Community-Based Alternatives to Youth Incarceration

Blog by OJJDP Administrator Liz Ryan

By Liz Ryan, OJJDP Administrator 

Far too many young people are housed in juvenile justice facilities, and often their detention does more harm than good. Community-based alternatives—working with youth where they live—achieve better results than warehousing youth in prisons. 

We currently spend an estimated $5 billion per year to incarcerate children. And research shows that locking up kids doesn’t work. This money is better spent...

OJJDP FY 2022 Community-Based Alternatives to Youth Incarceration Initiative

Closing Date
Grants.gov Deadline
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This initiative will support states to close youth correctional facilities, assess and respond to the impact of closures on facility staff and the surrounding communities, and reinvest state and local resources to support more effective community-based services and supports for justice-involved youth and their families.

April is Second Chance Month!

The Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs is observing Second Chance Month to support successful reentry of formerly incarcerated adults and youth.

OJJDP FY 2022 Second Chance Act Youth Reentry Program

Closing Date
Grants.gov Deadline
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This program furthers the Department of Justice's mission by reducing recidivism among youth returning to their communities following confinement and under community supervision, while promoting the fair administration of justice and advancing public safety.