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.
Even though crime has decreased across the country since the early 1990s, many communities continue to face high rates of violence. Jurisdictions are seeking ways to prevent violence through a multidisciplinary approach.
Criminal justice practitioners, policymakers and researchers have recognized a growing need to improve statewide corrections systems and implement more judicious parole policies. Different parole populations experience varying rates of recidivism affecting release decisionmaking in violent and non-violent crime cases and in high, moderate and low risk recidivism cases.
The impact on children growing up in homes where a parent or other adult uses illegal drugs can be devastating. They are three times more likely to be verbally, physically or sexually abused and four times more likely to be neglected. It is not easy to find and protect these kids; however, we can intervene more effectively to help mitigate the long-term negative effects of such trauma.
Child sex trafficking involves a numbers of complex crimes requiring law enforcement to collaborate with multiple partners to identify and respond to child victims, holding accountable those who are responsible for their exploitation.