In December 2016, the OJP Diagnostic Center hosted the Symposium on 21st Century Violence Reduction Strategies in Phoenix, Arizona addressing comprehensive, collaborative and effective prevention-oriented approaches to violent crime reduction. The event convened nearly two-hundred key stakeholders from state, local and federal law enforcement agencies, probation and parole organizations, United States Attorneys and court practitioners from twenty communities across the United States.
The U.S. criminal justice system directly and indirectly touches millions of people in our country every year. Maintaining the health and safety of all people involved in the justice system is critical yet extremely challenging. In 2016, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) released the Safety, Health and Wellness Strategic Research Plan to describe the current and projected efforts of NIJ to promote the safety, health and wellness of individuals affected by or employed by the criminal justice system.
While national crime statistics remain historically low, violent crime is rising in many major cities. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation data, the country’s largest cities experienced a 10 percent increase in homicide and non-negligent murder from 2014 to 2015 and the second largest group of cities saw a 20 percent surge. Law enforcement leaders are calling for a federal agenda that prioritizes violent crime and addresses these problems with evidence-based solutions.
Join the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and the United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) for a webinar on February 28 at 5:00 p.m. ET to learn various techniques for garnering the media’s attention for the positive contribution youth in your community are making. This webinar, “How to Get Media Attention for Your Youth Who Are Making a Difference” will focus on how you can develop relationships with new agencies in your local area.