Juvenile Justice

Virtual Roundtable Discussion: Drug Endangered Children and Challenges in Tribal Communities

This roundtable/listening session will be a discussion around how substance misuse is impacting our tribal communities, the importance of collaboration, the challenges communities are facing with available services, as well as the challenges of collaboration between professional disciplines and community members. Discussion outcomes will inform future training and technical assistance and resource development focused on supporting drug endangered children in tribal communities.  This session is held in partnership with the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children. 

In recognition of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) recently published a literature review on national dating violence research in adolescent relationships. Teen dating violence is a complex issue that can include varying layers of abusive behavior. In the past, dating violence research was limited to college-age or young adult victims. However, in more recent years, there has been a steady increase in this research with greater focus on adolescents.

In September, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention released an analysis conducted by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s (NCMEC) Infant Abductions Program. Often, the most challenging task at hand upon the receipt of a missing child report is identifying the key factors surrounding the case. This crucial assessment of the initial facts will determine what actions the responding law enforcement agency will perform.

In August, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention conducted a literature review of national evidence-based research on restorative justice for juveniles. The framework has long been debated on its differences to more traditional interactions with justice-involved individuals. By uniting victims, justice-involved youths, community members, and other key stakeholders, restorative justice programs seek to help youths understand the implications of their actions and offer opportunities for community reconnection and harm reduction.

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and the National Gang Center (NCG) have published a guide for law enforcement officials to developing a framework to address youth gang problems in their communities. A Law Enforcement Official’s Guide to the OJJDP Comprehensive Gang Model aims to provide law enforcement leaders with an overview of the OJJDP Comprehensive Gang Model, which is an evidence-based framework for the coordination of multiple data-driven, anti-gang and violence-reduction strategies to address youth gang problems.

The National Center for School Safety (NCSS) is a Bureau of Justice Assistance Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Program national training and technical assistance provider focused on improving school safety and preventing violence. NCSS aims to support STOP grantees and the nationwide school safety community as they work to address school safety challenges.

Webinar: Ask the Expert: Co-Occurring Disorders Simplified

Previous webinars have laid the foundation regarding the impact of addiction on the brain, understanding mental health symptoms, and what tribal service providers and criminal justice professionals can do to support tribal members’ journeys out of addiction. Join this session for a facilitated discussion and open forum with subject matter experts who will answer your practical questions regarding working with individuals presenting with co-occurring disorder diagnoses (comorbidity).

11th Annual Tribal Healing to Wellness Court Virtual Enhancement Training

Join the Tribal Law and Policy Institute (TLPI) for their free 11th Annual Tribal Healing to Wellness Court Virtual Enhancement Training on June 21–25, 2021. This training for tribal problem-solving courts will feature Wellness Court best practices and innovative strategies in four tracks: Adult Wellness Courts, Juvenile Wellness Courts, Family Wellness Courts, and Veteran Courts. There will also be sessions addressing law enforcement’s role, and case management.

Briefings: Patrol Essentials for Treatment Court - 2021 Regional Virtual Lunch and Learn Training Series

Join the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Drug Court Institute for Briefings, a training curriculum designed by law enforcement for law enforcement, including in-person training, virtual lunch-and-learns, and publications. This training provides law enforcement officers with some of the key tools to build an agency-wide understanding of treatment courts and diversion programs, develop standard engagement protocols, and improve jurisdictions' public safety outcomes. 

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