Six years after a grant-awarding controversy shook up the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention — resulting in a congressional hearing, an audit of the Justice Department's Inspector General (OIG), the firing of the administrator's chief of staff and the administrator's own resignation months later — the legal mechanism that allowed such practices to take place has not changed. In the events of 2008, former OJJDP Administrator J. Robert Flores faced criticism following a Youth Today investigation that found that he awarded grants to organizations that didn't score as high in merit as other applicants that didn't get the grants.
Powerful Q&A with Dr. Bruce Perry, a child psychiatrist and senior fellow at the ChildTrauma Academy in Houston whose neuroscientific research has focused largely on the effects of trauma on brain development.
JJIE takes an inside look at the often inscrutable OJJDP grant distribution process. Using OJJDP data, JJIE created a searchable database detailing where each of the 2,721 grants went that were awarded between 2009 and 2013. Continue Reading →
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth are twice as likely as other youngsters to be detained in a juvenile detention facility for status offenses, experts said. Continue Reading →