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U.S. School Campuses Tend to Use Sworn, Armed Officers
Campus Law Enforcement, 2011–12, by Brian Reaves, presents findings from a Bureau of Justice Statistics survey of campus law enforcement agencies in the United States covering the 2011–12 academic year. Among them:
  • About 75 percent of the campuses were using armed officers, compared with 68 percent during 2004–05.
  • About 92 percent of public campuses used sworn police officers, compared with 38 percent of private campuses.
  • The large majority of sworn campus officers were authorized to use a sidearm (94 percent), chemical or pepper spray (94 percent), and a baton (93 percent).
The report restricts itself mainly to 4-year colleges and universities enrolling 2,500 or more students.

Most Federal Arrests Occur in Five Jurisdictions Along U.S.–Mexican Border
Federal Justice Statistics, 2011–12, by Mark Motivans, describes the annual activity, workloads, and outcomes associated with the federal criminal justice system from arrest to imprisonment, using data from the U.S. Marshals Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (AOUSC), and the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). The report examines trends in drug arrests by the DEA and tallies the number of offenders returning to federal prison within 3 years of release— including the most recently available data on sentences imposed and their lengths by type of offense. Some highlights:
  • In 2012, five federal judicial districts along the U.S.–Mexican border accounted for 60 percent of federal arrests, 53 percent of suspects investigated, and 41 percent of offenders sentenced to prison.
  • About 15 percent of federal prisoners released in 2010 were returned to federal prison by 2013. More than half of these (54 percent) were returned for supervision violations.


Fourth National Summit Approaches
The Fourth National Summit on Youth Violence Prevention will be held May 11–13, 2015, at a site in the Washington, D.C., area to be determined. The Summit will provide opportunities for representatives from National Forum, Defending Childhood Initiative, and Community-Based Violence Prevention program cities to learn about new strategies for youth violence prevention, to share their experiences of what works in their communities, and to recommit themselves to the task of creating safe communities where youth and families can thrive. Attendance to the Summit is by invitation only. Invitations will be sent out soon. {Editor's note: We repeat ourselves. But the Summit comes only once a year.}

Statistical Briefing Book Updates FBI Stats, State and County Juvenile Counts
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has again updated its Statistical Briefing Book (developed by the National Center for Juvenile Justice), with new additions to its "Easy Access to FBI Arrest Statistics" and "Easy Access to State and County Juvenile Court Case Counts" sections.

The FBI Arrest Statistics now include data through 2012 on national, state, and county arrest estimates. Displays present arrest statistics for 29 detailed offense categories. The State and County Juvenile Case Counts now include now included numbers for delinquency, status offense, and dependency cases between 1997 and 2011.

Also, answers to frequently asked questions on children living in poverty now include data for 2013.
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Juvenile Justice Office to issue Model Programs Guide Implementation Guides
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), in conjunction with its contractor Development Services Group, Inc. (DSG), is developing the Model Program Guide's (the MPG's) first Implementation Guide, on school-based bullying prevention programs.

OJJDP and DSG recently released Model Programs Guide Implementation Guides: Background and User Perspectives on Implementing Evidence-Based Programs. In preparing that report, DSG scoured the literature on implementation science and then "went out into the field and interviewed close to 40 people in juvenile justice and related fields, to get a more informed picture of what information people need as they implement evidence-based programs and practices," said DSG's MPG project director, Rachel Stephenson.

Criminal Justice Reference Service Compiles Library on Teen Dating Violence
About 1 in every 11 U.S. high schools students reports having been struck or physically hurt intentionally by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the past year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In observance of National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention month (February), the National Criminal Justice Reference Service has posted Special Feature: Teen Dating Violence, a library of publications and resources to support teen dating violence prevention.