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Mr. Robert L. Listenbee Jr.

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Office of Juvenile Justice and De...

Phone: (202) ***-****  HQ Phone
Email: r***@***.gov
Local Address:  Washington , District of Columbia , United States
Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington Dc , District of Columbia 20530
United States


Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member
    Philadelphia Safe and Sound
  • Founder
    Juvenile Defenders Association of Pennsylvania
  • Board Member
    Juvenile Defenders Association of Pennsylvania


  • Degree of Juris Doctor
    Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California , Berkeley
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree
    Harvard University
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Panelists included Robert L. ..., 5 Oct 2015 [cached]
Panelists included Robert L. Listenbee, Administrator of the Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; Christopher Scott, Senior Policy Analyst, Open Society Policy Center; Dr. Jennifer Woolard, Associate Professor, Co-Director of the Graduate Program in Developmental Science in the Department of Psychology at Georgetown University; Rob Zucker of Treatment Communities of America; and The Honorable Don Cravins, Jr., Executive Director of the National Urban League Washington Bureau.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In furthering ..., 14 April 2015 [cached]
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In furthering President Obama's efforts to support American Indian and Alaska Native families and protect tribal communities, Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn and Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Administrator Robert L. Listenbee today announced that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the Department of Justice are seeking to update the 1988 Model Indian Juvenile Code designed to assist federally recognized tribes in creating individual codes focused on juvenile matters and specifically addressing issues affecting Indian youth arrested for alcohol and/or drug-related offenses in Indian Country.
"Like the BIA's guidelines and regulations for state courts and agencies that implement the Indian Child Welfare Act, the Bureau's Model Indian Juvenile Code has long needed updating," said Assistant Secretary Washburn. "Tribes know best what will work in their communities, but the model will be updated to provide better federal guidance to tribes in an effort to insure proper respect for the rights and responsibilities of Indian juveniles arrested for alcohol or drug-related offenses and those of their parents, guardians or custodians. It also will provide tribes and their court systems greater clarity and flexibility in dealing with such cases."
"Safeguarding the fair and equitable treatment of all youth in the juvenile justice system is paramount to the mission of DOJ's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention," said Administrator Listenbee.
CJCJ Blog | Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, 14 Feb 2013 [cached]
The White House recently announced the appointment of Robert Listenbee Jr. as permanent director to the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). OJJDP has not had a permanent director since 2009, with appointments regularly held up by political maneuvering in the U.S. Senate. A recent rule change, resulting from the limited filibuster reform in the Senate last month, means that the President's appointee could no longer be blocked by political gamesmanship.
Mr. Listenbee will bring a lifetime of experience in juvenile justice reforms and a commitment to limiting the use of incarceration for youth offenders. He previously served as head of the Juvenile Unit at the Defender Association of Philadelphia and serves as a member of the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice. Most recently, he served as a co-chair of the Department of Justice' Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence , which recently released a report of its findings. Among other findings, the report provided a national data analysis showing that two out of three children in the United States are exposed to violence in childhood, to varying degrees of severity. The report also details the extent to which the experience of trauma, from childhood exposure to violence or other forms of abuse, is the main driving factor of delinquent behaviors that result in youth contact with the justice system.
Having a federal administrator who is keenly aware of the role that trauma plays in the lives of justice-involved youth could have major ramifications for how justice systems nationwide treat the root causes of delinquency, rather than just punishing the behavior. During the December 12th press conference of the taskforce's findings, Mr. Listenbee called for trauma-informed screening to become standard practice at juvenile facilities nationwide.
CJCJ strongly endorses Mr. Listenbee and the task force's recommendations for justice systems to adopt a system-wide trauma-informed lens as they seek to supervise and facilitate the rehabilitation of juvenile offenders. Since 1985, CJCJ's Sentencing Service Program has provided justice stakeholders with an in-depth study of each youth's social history; often revealing abuse, neglect, and/or exposure to violence.
CJCJ joins the chorus of justice advocates lauding Mr. Listenbee's appointment by President Obama as a major step forward in advancing best practice approaches to juvenile rehabilitation and local systems change.
Union President: Time for Listenbee to ..., 27 Jan 2015 [cached]
Union President: Time for Listenbee to Go, OJJDP Has Spiraled Out of Control | Robert Listenbee | Continue Reading → | Next ArticleUnion President: Time for Listenbee to Go, OJJDP Has Spiraled Out of Control Union President: Time for Listenbee to Go, OJJDP Has Spiraled Out of Control | Youth Today
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WASHINGTON - The head of the union representing employees at the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has called for the resignation of OJJDP Administrator Robert L. Listenbee Jr., saying the agency has "spiraled out of control" and morale has plummeted under his leadership.
"I just don't see how Mr. Listenbee can legitimately lead OJJDP forward through the crisis that his employees are currently facing," said Marilyn Moses, president of Local 2830 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).
Juvenile justice advocates as well as OJJDP staffers had hailed President Barack Obama's appointment of Listenbee in early 2013, saying the longtime Philadelphia juvenile defense attorney and juvenile justice reformer would improve morale and bring direction to the agency.
Before Listenbee took over in March 2013, the agency had been beset by low morale and a lack of effective leadership, employees said.
"They had high hopes for [Listenbee] when he came on board," Moses said, "now they have been bitterly disappointed."
In the letter, Moses urged Mason to bring in an outside management consultant to review the union's findings and recommend "whether Mr. Listenbee's resignation would be in the best interest of the organization" or if the consultant could "craft a strength-based path forward."
They communicated to me over and over again that they do not feel that Listenbee trusts them and does not call upon them for input, and that they feel that they're not trusted to do their jobs, not allowed to do their jobs.
Listenbee came to the agency with a reputation as an effective juvenile justice reformer.
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's Models for Change juvenile justice reform initiative honored him in 2011 with a Champion for Change award for his leadership in reforming the juvenile justice system in Pennsylvania.
Listenbee, the first African-American to head OJJDP, earned a bachelor's degree from Harvard University and a law degree from the University of California at Berkeley.
He served for 27 years as a trial lawyer with the Defender Association of Philadelphia, including 16 years as chief of the association's juvenile unit. He also co-chaired the Attorney General's National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence, which issued its final report in December 2012.
Philadelphia Safe and Sound › About PSS, 4 July 2008 [cached]
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