We have learned a tremendous amount in the last decade about how to best serve youth in the juvenile justice system.
by Elizabeth Seigle, Policy Analyst Over the past decade, state and local jurisdictions have been actively developing strategies to reduce both recidivism and spending in their juvenile justice systems. Many also seek to ensure that every youth who comes in [...]
In May 2013, Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman signed into law Legislative Bill 561, a major reform bill aimed at improving the juvenile justice system in the state.
Over the past two months, juvenile justice stakeholders have convened summits across the country to advance the field, largely in partnership with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change initiative.
The Massachusetts Department of Youth Services (DYS), in partnership with the Commonwealth Corporation and the Collaborative for Educational Services, hosted the first Annual DYS Youth Art Showcase at the Massachusetts State House on June 11, 2013.
The Juvenile Justice Resource Hub now includes a section identifying systemic issues and recommended policy approaches for juvenile indigent defense. A project of the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange and the National Juvenile Justice Network, with support from the MacArthur Foundation’s [...]
This grant supports early-career psychologists conducting research in the area of early intervention and treatment for serious emotional disturbance in children.
The National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD)’s Media for a Just Society Awards recognize journalists, writers, and producers whose work furthers public understanding of criminal justice, juvenile justice, child welfare, and adult protection issues.
Justice Center Webinars
The Coalition for Juvenile Justice held a webinar, “Recruitment, Re-Engagement and Reentry: Incorporating the Youth Voice into Juvenile Justice Reform,” on November 21, 2013 to discuss the progress and future of two programs: Raising Our Youth as Leaders Project and the Washington State Partnership Council of Juvenile Justice Youth Committee.
This webinar was offered to Second Chance Act mentoring grantees interested in learning strategies to fund and sustain their programs. Panelists discussed the elements of a successful sustainability plan, sources of funding for juvenile and adult programs, how to build effective collaborations, and effective uses of program data.
This webinar focused on the transition of juveniles from placement to community and on how community supervision and treatment providers can best support youth with behavioral health needs following release from out-of-home placement.
On January 24, 2013, the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) released Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) grant applications. On February 19, 2013, the Council of State Governments Justice Center (CSG Justice Center) hosted a webinar [...]
This webinar, presented by the CSG Justice Center, features practical approaches to increasing and improving family engagement and involvement in the juvenile justice system. With support from the MacArthur Foundation, the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice has [...]
This fact sheet from the Sentencing Project provides data on incarceration, drug policy, race, ethnicity, gender, and other topic areas from the past several decades.
This report from the Indian Law and Order Commission presents findings and recommendations based on one of the most comprehensive assessments ever undertaken of criminal justice systems serving Native American and Alaska Native communities. Topics include jurisdiction and intergovernmental collaboration, [...]
This publication from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention presents findings on the association between delinquency and victimization among children and youth ages 10 to 17. It is the fifth in a series of publications on findings from [...]
This 2012 annual report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) shows that JDAI sites continue to make progress in a number of areas, including fewer admissions to detention, reduced detention among youth of color, and reductions in juvenile crime.
These nine publications from the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention include essential facts on juvenile suicide and discuss critical program areas and practices such as effective screening, risk assessment, and collaborating with other agencies serving children, particularly those addressing mental health issues.
The Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Department has shown a great deal of initiative and foresight in establishing the Juvenile Assessment Center at its Poydras Street office. If this new method of processing juvenile offenders lives up to expectations, it could help salvage young lives, lower the crime rate in the parish and ultimately save taxpayer dollars.
Malibu’s Camp Kilpatrick juvenile detention facility is poised to become a test case for a new model of young offender rehabilitation, after county officials recently approved a plan to accelerate a $48 million rebuild and renovation of the camp.
It’s encouraging to see more schools moving away from a culture of punishment and toward positive approaches that keep children in school.
A report released Wednesday by the Washington-based Coalition for Juvenile Justice says status offenders should never be detained. The report says doing so may increase the likelihood the youths will become more involved with the juvenile justice system later and even with the criminal justice system when they become adults.
At their Dec. 4, 2013 meeting, Washtenaw County commissioners authorized acceptance of a $150,000 grant to establish the Washtenaw County Trial Court’s Peacemaking Court. The grant, awarded by the State Court Administrator’s Office, is for funding from Oct. 1, 2013 through Sept. 30, 2014…Like tribal peacemaking programs and restorative justice programs, the Peacemaking Court will provide a great benefit to youth and the community in juvenile cases by reducing recidivism and giving youth a diversionary option to avoid a record that can preclude future educational and employment opportunities.