"Although serious violent crime by juveniles dropped 33 percent between 1993 and 1997, juvenile delinquency and the victimization of juveniles remain serious concerns for juvenile justice practitioners and policymakers alike. How can we ensure public safety, hold juvenile offenders accountable, and help offenders develop into law-abiding citizens? What can we do to combat drug and alcohol abuse? What programs work best in responding to juvenile gangs and gang violence? What can we do to focus positive attention on the majority of youth who aren't involved in delinquency? How can we protect children from maltreatment and abuse? These are just some of the questions the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) addressed during fiscal year 1998. [...] This OJJDP Annual Report highlights some of the many accomplishments of FY 1998. It discusses a variety of research, statistical, demonstration, training, technical assistance, and information dissemination initiatives. It also provides a snapshot of how States and U.S. territories are using formula and block grants from OJJDP to improve their juvenile justice systems and prevent delinquency. It summarizes our efforts to help missing and exploited children, including several new initiatives to protect children from online exploitation. The Report also offers information about the number of juveniles taken into custody and several new surveys that will provide even further insights into juvenile detention and corrections issues."
National Criminal Justice Reference Service: http://www.ncjrs.gov/