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Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

OJJDP Priorities

Treat Children as Children

Treat Children as Children

Children do not belong in adult courts, jails, and prisons. Research indicates that youth whose cases are prosecuted in adult criminal court are more likely to be rearrested and have higher recidivism rates than youth in the juvenile justice system.

Research also shows that the average person’s brain is not fully developed until their mid-20s. Consequently, adolescents are prone to impulsive...

Administrator Liz Ryan

Photo of OJJDP Administrator Liz Ryan

Liz Ryan became Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention on May 16, 2022, following appointment by President Joseph R. Biden. Prior to leading OJJDP, Ms. Ryan served as president and CEO of the Youth First Initiative, a national campaign focused on ending the incarceration of youth by investing in community-based alternatives. Ms. Ryan founded the Youth First Initiative in 2014; under...

New OJJDP Administrator Announced

On May 4, 2022, Office of Justice Programs Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Amy L. Solomon announced that President Biden has appointed Liz Ryan as Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

OJJDP Welcomes New Administrator

On May 4, 2022, Office of Justice Programs Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Amy L. Solomon announced that President Biden has appointed Liz Ryan as Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.