The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) assists local community endeavors to effectively avert and react to juvenile delinquency and victimization. Through partnerships with experts from various disciplines, OJJDP aims to improve the juvenile justice system and its policies so that the public is better protected, youth and their families are better served, and justice-involved youth are held appropriately accountable. OJJDP develops, implements, and monitors programs for juveniles. The office also supports many research, program, and training initiatives; develops priorities and goals and sets policies to guide juvenile justice issues; disseminates information about juvenile justice issues; and awards funds to states to support local programming nationwide.
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On January 20, 2021, Chyrl Jones was named Acting Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). Since 2014, Ms. Jones served as Deputy Administrator for the Office. She oversaw OJJDP's programs and initiatives, including mentoring; tribal youth; gang prevention, Internet crimes against children; missing and exploited children; child advocacy centers, drug courts; reentry; formula grant programs. She also oversaw training and technical assistance, communications, and budgeting activities.
Ms. Jones previously served as the Deputy in OJJDP's former State Relations and Assistance Division and worked on behalf of designated state agencies for 15 years. Before coming to the U.S. Department of Justice, Ms. Jones worked at the National Governors Association on maternal and child health issues, the University of Maryland on environmental health concerns, and C-SPAN. Ms. Jones holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of the District of Columbia.
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