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Make Juvenile Justice a Priority: Appoint an OJJDP Administrator

The Obama Administration is the first Administration since the Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) was created in 1974 not to have appointed a permanent OJJDP Administrator.  The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is the federal agency responsible for juvenile justice and delinquency prevention issues, and is tasked with assisting State and local governments in addressing juvenile delinquency. 

Over the past decade, OJJDP suffered a drastic depletion of funding and support, and the agency’s commitment to the most important issues confronting youth has diminished.  It is crucial that the Administration provide leadership, clear direction and resources to assist States create and sustain juvenile justice systems that cost less, enhance public safety and treat court-involved youth appropriately. 

If you believe that it is urgent to stop putting youth in adult jails and prisons, to end the over-incarceration of youth of color in the justice system, and instead to devote more resources to effective juvenile justice programs such as alternatives to detention and incarceration, contact your Senators to urge them to ask the White House to make juvenile justice a priority by appointing an OJJDP Administrator now!

Send the letter below to urge your Senators to call the White House now!


Letter to
U.S. Senate
I am writing to urge you to make juvenile justice a priority by supporting the appointment of a permanent Administrator for the Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention.

Since 2009, no permanent Administrator for the Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has been appointed. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is the federal agency responsible for juvenile justice and delinquency prevention issues, and is tasked with assisting State and local governments in addressing juvenile delinquency.

Over the past decade, OJJDP suffered a drastic depletion of funding and support, and the agency’s commitment to the most important issues confronting youth has diminished. It is crucial that the Administration provide leadership, clear direction and resources to assist States to enhance public safety and treat court-involved youth appropriately.

As my Senator, I urge you to contact the White House and offer your support to ensuring a permanent OJJDP Administrator is appointed as soon as possible.

Sincerely,