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Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed states' detention of juvenile status offenders in compliance with the Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's (OJJDP) grant program, focusing on: (1) the extent to which states have detained such offenders; (2) states' efforts to comply with federal goals and regulations in detaining offenders; and (3) whether the juvenile court system provided such offenders procedural protections.

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Recommendations

Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Justice 1. The Attorney General should direct the Administrator, OJJDP, to concentrate its oversight on the monitoring efforts states make to ensure compliance with its regulations, particularly with respect to offenders' procedural protections. Specifically, its efforts should be directed at those states who would exceed their minimal threshold of status offenders detained in security facilities should OJJDP disallow some or all of their valid court order reported exclusions.
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OJJDP plans audits which addressed the recommendation.

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