Recent Posts

My Borther's Keeper

President Obama Launches Historic My Brother’s Keeper Initiative

In February 2014, President Obama announced the historic My Brother’s Keeper initiative, an effort to provide greater opportunities to boys and young men of color, who as a group face disproportionate challenges and obstacles in school, with the criminal justice system, and within their communities and families.

Tennessee State Senator Mark Norris

A Message from the CSG Chairman

When I took the gavel as CSG’s Chairman, I announced our national initiative “State Pathways to Prosperity,” which looks at various strategies to boost states’ efforts to improve education and workforce development. One aspect of this national initiative focuses on keeping kids in school and out of the juvenile justice system.




Youthful Offenders – DC Public Safety Television

This video, aired on DC Public Safety Television and produced by Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia (CSOSA) and the Office of Cable Television, provides an overview of CSOSA’ efforts to implement best practices for [...]

Incarceration, Poverty, and the Family

This webinar from the Institute of Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison examines research on incarceration, poverty, and the family.


Critical Elements of Juvenile Reentry in Research and Practice

The strategies presented here support the National Research Council’s recently published report calling for broad goals to which juvenile justice reform should be directed: holding youth accountable for wrongdoing, preventing further offending, and treating youth fairly.

Blacklisted: An Update

This report from the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island shows that the state’s public schools last year disproportionately suspended black students at the highest rate in nine years, while white students were suspended at record low rates.

Restorative Practices: A Guide for Educators

Restorative Practices: A Guide for Educators

Developed by the Opportunity to Learn Campaign, Advancement Project, American Federation of Teachers and National Education Association, this toolkit aims to help educators better understand what restorative practices are and how they foster safe learning environments through community building and constructive [...]

Recent headlines

Gainesville school officials implement new juvenile code changes

Gainesville schools have eliminated about 700 days of out-of-school suspension for students this academic year after implementing changes from the state juvenile code.The revised code was adopted by the Georgia General Assembly last year, with a Jan. 1 implementation date, and aims to reduce recidivism among truant, drug-using and other students with behavioral problems. The goal is prevention rather than suspension or prosecution.

Kentucky Juvenile Justice Reform Passes

A bill to reform the way juveniles are handled in Kentucky’s legal system received final Senate approval on Monday and now goes to Gov. Steve Beshear for his signature.

Dracut Parent: School’s Punishment of Student ‘Inadequate’

Dracut High School parent Victor Martinez informed the School Committee that his freshman daughter was slapped in the face by a male freshman in class last week, and Martinez said he plans to press charges of assault because he was not satisfied with the “inadequate” punishment meted out by the school.

Report Card for State Board to Focus on Disciplinary Action

Legislation sponsored by state Sen. Toi Hutchinson, D-Olympia Fields, passed the Senate on Tuesday that would require the Illinois State Board of Education to provide a comprehensive report on school discipline by Oct. 31, 2015.

Impact Sharpens Focus on Mental Health Services for Youth

Armed with the results of a survey of public school students in Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Sheila Herlihy on Monday made her case for bolstering child psychiatric care before several hundred people at the Church of the Incarnation.