Federal Juvenile Delinquency-Related Activities:
Coordination and Information Dissemination Are Lacking
GGD-79-63: Published: Aug 3, 1979. Publicly Released: Aug 3, 1979.
- Full Report:
In developing the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, Congress cited a lack of effective program coordination as one of the major weaknesses of Federal juvenile delinquency prevention efforts. Accordingly, the Act established a new office within the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA) to serve as the focal point for all Federal juvenile delinquency activities and to improve overall coordination of related programs.
A review of what LEAA has done to implement the coordination and information dissemination provisions of the legislation showed that not much progress has been made. Annual reports of LEAA have been of little value in providing a comprehensive picture of the Federal juvenile delinquency effort. LEAA funded few interagency projects. The National Advisory Committee for Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has had little impact on Federal juvenile delinquency program politics or priorities. The Coordination Council, the primary Federal coordinating body established under the act, has not met regularly as required and has not received adequate staff support.
Recommendation for Executive Action
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Recommendation: The Attorney General should direct LEAA to assume the leadership role that was expected and take action to: catalog overall Federal efforts to provide a meaningful basis for coordination; encourage additional interagency projects dealing with key youth issues; and provide the National Advisory Committee and the Coordinating Council with the direction and resources necessary to carry out their mandated responsibilities. The Director of OMB should closely monitor LEAA efforts to coordinate Federal juvenile delinquency programs and establish a working committee to further examine the coordinating issue. This committee should be chaired by OMB and consist of representatives of that office and involved Federal agencies.