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Mr. Robert L. Listenbee Jr.

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Office of Juvenile Justice and De...

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Local Address:  United States
Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators
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Braintree , Massachusetts 02184
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Company Description: CJCA is a national non-profit organization dedicated to the education and support of its members. As such, CJCA strives to keep its members connected to the latest...   more

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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CJCA was honored to once again ..., 29 Jan 2016 [cached]
CJCA was honored to once again have Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Administrator Robert L. Listenbee join us for this year's Leadership Institute Meeting in Chicago on Oct. 14-16 and deliver the keynote address to the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA) members.
Immediately following his talk, Administrator Listenbee moderated a panel on "Supporting the Pro-social Development of Youths / Positive Youth Outcomes" made up of five participants including: Fariborz Pakseresht (OR), Peter Forbes, (MA), Jeffrey Butts, (CUNY), Kim Godfrey (PbS Li) and special guest Robert White representing the "youth voice" (OR).
A special CJCA Leadership Award 2015 was presented to Administrator Listenbee for his work in juvenile justice. A highlight of the evening was a talk by the event's guest speaker, Fleet Maull who has developed cutting edge mindfulness-based leadership training, consulting and coaching programs, which he delivers in diverse settings, including his pioneering work in mindfulness-based emotional intelligence training programs.
Bob Listenbee addresses the Leadership Institute participants
NCCD's Defending Childhood ..., 23 April 2012 [cached]
NCCD's Defending Childhood Task Force project is the subject of this article by Robert Listenbee Jr., co-chair of the Task Force and chief of the Juvenile Unit of the Defender Association of Philadelphia. Listenbee speaks of the violence in his own community growing up and calls on the Task Force... Can Restorative Justice Stop the Schoolhouse-to-Jailhouse Pipeline?
Juvenile justice advocates hailed the ... [cached]
Juvenile justice advocates hailed the Obama administration's announcement Friday that Philadelphia defense attorney Robert Listenbee Jr., a long-time champion of limiting the detention and incarceration of juveniles and keeping them out of adult facilities, will be the next permanent administrator of the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Listenbee is the head of the Juvenile Unit at the Defender Association of Philadelphia, a member of the federal advisory…
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
Robert Listenbee
Robert Listenbee
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.
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.
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