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Ensuring the Quality, Credibility, and Relevance of U.S. Justice Statistics
ing of a complete branch of the funnel to another Justice Department entity is as complete as it is. In short, the measurement of juvenile justice is something in which the principal statistical agency of the U.S. Department of Justice should be fully engaged:
Recommendation 2.2:In line with its original charge and tobetter document and understand the contribution of juvenilesto street crime and violence, the victimization of youth, and theconsequences for youth and society of their victimization andoffending, BJS should develop juvenile victimization, crime, andjustice statistical series suitable for describing the patterns ofoffending and victimization of youth, longitudinal progressionof youth through the juvenile and criminal justice systems, andreentry into the community and criminal system. Taking on thisresponsibility would require additional resources.
We hasten to add, however, that this recommendation should not be construed as saying that BJS should necessarily usurp (or “reclaim”) data collection functions from OJJDP. Like BJS, OJJDP has invested considerable time and effort in developing its relationships with its data collection providers, and upending those relationships should not be taken lightly. What we do envision through this recommendation is BJS-OJJDP collaboration on research on the full juvenile population, including, at a minimum, fuller study of juveniles processed by adult courts and correctional facilities.