Federal Juvenile Justice Regs: What’s the Holdup?

April 29, 2014 | by Liz Ryan | The Chronicle of Social Change

Despite Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Administrator Bob Listenbee’s announcement in December, there has been little movement on new regulations on the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. In this article, Liz Ryan examines the need for OJJDP to issue regulations that are up to date and reflective of current juvenile justice conditions.

Despite Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Administrator Bob Listenbee’s announcement in December, there has been little movement on new regulations on the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. In this article, Liz Ryan examines the need for OJJDP to issue regulations that are up to date and reflective of current juvenile justice conditions. For example, Ryan explains that while nearly all states are found in compliance with the disproportionate minority contact requirement, NCCD’s deincarceration reports suggest otherwise; racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system have increased despite the fall in juvenile incarceration. Ryan calls for greater leadership by the federal government that can serve as an example for state governments.