OJJDP Missing, Criticized At Hearing On Girls In Justice System


Compelling testimony at at a House Judiciary Committee hearing about girls in the juvenile justice system was nearly overshadowed by chairman John Conyers' (D-MI) anger over the acting head of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's failure to show up, reports Youth Today. That diatribe was followed by Conyers' strong criticism of the House Committee on Education and Labor for their failure to act on the pending reauthorization of OJJDP.

OJJDP officials did not say why acting director Jeff Slowikowski was not at the hearing. Eileen Larace, the director of homeland security and justice for the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said OJJDP had “no set plan that is documented, is shared with key stakeholders, and includes specific funding requirements and commitments and time frames for meeting its girls' delinquency goals.”

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