Robert Listenbee, former administrator of the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), will be joining the District Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia as the First Assistant DA, the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange reports. Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner said, “By having Robert Listenbee, who distinguished himself in the Obama administration as part of my team, we will be able to add more capacity to everything we do from juvenile justice issues to supporting the communities we serve to offering our city’s most vulnerable citizens a helping hand.”
“The City of Philadelphia has always been home to me,” Listenbee said, “and having the opportunity to join the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office as DA Krasner’s First Assistant, as he embarks on one of the most consequential reform efforts of any district attorney’s office in the nation, is not just an honor, but is beyond exciting.” Listenbee ran OJJDP from March 2013 until January 2017. After that he was a Visiting Fellow at the Stoneleigh Foundation, which works on juvenile justice and child welfare. He formerly was chief of the Juvenile Unit of the Defender Association of Philadelphia for 16 years and a trial lawyer with the association for more than two decades.