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Improving Education in Juvenile Correctional Facilities

Education in correctional facilities has gained national attention over the past year, with discussion of juvenile correctional education in particular included in such reports as the School Discipline Consensus Report and now a new set of guiding principles released by the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice.

U.S. Capitol

Congress Funds Key Criminal Justice Programs

Congress funded three key programs championed by the Council of State Governments Justice Center as part of an appropriations bill that provided $26.7 billion to support U.S. Department of Justice programs.

Announcements

Open Society Foundation

Call for Applicants to the Pre-Booking Diversion Initiative

The Open Society Foundations is now accepting applications for its Pre-Booking Diversion Initiative. Informational calls will be held to explain this grant opportunity. They are listen-only events, but participants can email questions in advanc

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

Call for Applicants to Support Reentry Efforts Aimed at Improving Latino and Latina Youth Outcomes

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is now accepting applications for its Supporting Latino/a Youth from Out-of-Home Placement to the Community program, which aims to improve Latino and Latina youths’ successful and safe transition to families and communities after confinement through mentoring and reentry planning, as well as other effective strategies and best practices.

Rural Behavioral Health

Register Now for Webinar Series: Rural Behavioral Health

This webinar series will address the complex needs of rural community behavioral health, and provide resources and training on how to create and sustain services and support that reduce the impact of behavioral health issues.

Webinars

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Improving Outcomes for Court-Involved Youth with Co-Occurring Disorders

This webinar provides an overview of three briefs that were recently published by National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges on the treatment of co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders among youth.

Publications

Pew Charitable Trusts

Re-Examining Juvenile Incarceration

This brief from The Pew Charitable Trusts highlights a growing body of research that demonstrates that for a great number of youth involved with the juvenile justice system, lengthy out-of-home placements in secure corrections or other residential facilities do not lead to better outcomes than other alternative sanctions.

SayItOutLoud

Toolkit: Say it Out Loud

This toolkit developed by the National Alliance on Mental Illness contains short guides, videos, facts sheets, and more, which can be used to raise awareness, start a conversation, and share information on mental illnesses with teens.

NIJ

Practice Profile: Juvenile Sex Offender Treatment

This snapshot from the National Institute of Justice’s CrimeSolutions.gov provides an overview of juvenile sex offender treatment interventions, their practice components, the latest research on treatment, and more.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

Juvenile Residential Facility Census, 2012: Selected Findings

This bulletin from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention presents findings from the 2012 Juvenile Residential Facility Census, a biennial survey which collects information on facilities where youth are held in detention, including information on its capacity, type of security, the number of youth who have been injured or have died in custody, and more.

Recent headlines

Sen. Franken, Rep. Doug Collins Introduce Bipartisan Measure to Combat Mental Health Crisis in Criminal Justice System

Senator Al Franken (MN) and Congressman Doug Collins (GA09) recently introduced the bicameral, bipartisan Comprehensive Justice and Mental Health Act, a bill that aims to improve the ability of local and state governments, as well as law enforcement, to address the unique needs of mentally ill offenders, before and after they enter the criminal justice system. Their legislation reauthorizes, improves and expands the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act.

U.S. Study Finds Teacher Bias in Discipline Toward Black Students

Teachers in the United States were more likely to feel troubled when a black student misbehaved for a second time than when a white student did, highlighting a bias that shows why African-American children are more often disciplined than schoolmates, Stanford University researchers said on Wednesday.

South Los Angeles High School Takes New Approach to Curbing Suspension

Restorative justice is a theory of justice that emphasizes repairing the harm caused or revealed by criminal behavior. At Augustus Hawkins High, restorative justice program coordinator Joseph Luciani holds conflict resolution and community-building circles, where students resolve their issues by talking them out with each other, witnesses and involved teachers and administrators.

Population of Juveniles in Confinement on the Decline

The number of juvenile offenders in residential facilities hit in 2012 its lowest point since at least 1975, according to a new report released by the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Amherst Task Force Takes On ‘Implicit Bias’ In Schools

The Amherst, Massachusetts, public schools have been talking a lot about race since last year, when an African-American math teacher was the target of racist graffiti around the high school. In response, the school committee created a task force to advise it on matters of “equity.” Now, task force members want the district to tackle a more subtle form of racism — something called “implicit bias.”