What constitutes success is ensuring that, whenever possible, youth receive supervision and services that support them to avoid further contact with the justice system and transition safely to adulthood.
This is the first in a series of posts on aspects of successful reentry. Each post will include curated resources related to the featured reentry topic.
Recently, the U.S. Congress approved the $1.3 trillion Fiscal Year 2018 Omnibus Appropriations bill that would set government funding through Sep. 30, 2018. The bill provides $30.3 billion for the Department of Justice and includes $2.9 billion for various state and local law enforcement assistance grant programs.
The Middlesex, Massachusetts, Sheriff’s Office opened a new jail unit specifically for young adults this month. Established in partnership with the local nonprofit UTEC and the Vera Institute of Justice, the specialized unit—called People Achieving Change Together (PACT)—seeks to reduce recidivism by offering tailored programming to young people between the ages of 18 and 24 at the Middlesex Jail and House of Correction.
The Council of State Governments (CSG) recently announced that Megan Quattlebaum, research scholar in law at Yale University Law School and lecturer in law at Columbia University Law School, will be the next director of The CSG Justice Center.
The 20th Global Youth Justice Training will offer information on Teen/Peer/Youth/Student/Court and Peer Jury diversion programs, which are volunteer-driven programs that harness positive peer pressure in a peer judgment setting.
The inaugural Palm Beach County Inspiring Change Reentry Summit will allow leaders who are committed to criminal justice system reform the opportunity to share best practices and identify opportunities to collaborate on solutions.
The program will help jurisdictions that serve youth in juvenile justice, child welfare, and related systems of care to implement and improve essential infrastructure elements.
The presenters of this webinar discuss overcoming the challenges to effective community engagement and explore ways to increase the number of juvenile record clearances.
This webinar explores ways that juvenile defenders and civil legal aid attorneys can partner to share expertise and provide essential legal representation for youth facing the collateral consequences of having criminal records.
In this webinar, representatives from the National Reentry Resource Center and the New York City Department of Probation discuss emerging research and innovative practices related to improving outcomes for young adults in the justice system. Drawing on guidance gathered at a 2017 convening of practitioners, policymakers, and researchers hosted by the CSG Justice Center and the Harvard Kennedy School, the CSG Justice Center developed Do’s and Don’ts for Reducing Recidivism Among Young Adults in the Justice System—a resource that details proven and promising practices for working with the young adult population.
In 2017, states around the country saw changes to their juvenile record clearance laws. This webinar explores the various state reforms that took place during the year. Attendees hear directly from state advocates who discuss what it took for their state to expand its juvenile record clearance laws.
This webinar highlights strategies, tools, examples, and best-practice models from across the country that juvenile justice agency managers, staff, and other practitioners may consider in adopting to effectively implement evidence-based programs and services and promote positive outcomes for youth in the juvenile justice system.
This guide from the Vera Institute of Justice examines how gender can profoundly shape the circumstances leading girls and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and gender nonconforming children into court and the juvenile justice system for status offenses.
This issue brief highlights research, strategies, and local reform efforts aimed at improving youth outcomes through structured decision-making tools and diversion.
This publication from the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness lays out a plan for ending homelessness that focuses on identifying and describing essential federal strategies to build effective, lasting systems that aim to work both in the present and to be able to respond quickly and efficiently when housing instability and homelessness occur in the future.
This publication from the Annie E. Casey Foundation looks at trends in child well-being between 2010 to 2016, a time that saw continued improvement in economic well-being but mixed results in the areas of health, education, and family and community factors.
This report focuses on homelessness among youth ages 18 to 24 within the juvenile and criminal justice systems and provides a resource for policymakers, practitioners, and other stakeholders.
As with adults, when a kid is declared incompetent to stand trial, the state can detain him while trying to improve his mental functioning and knowledge of court procedures. But while California law limits the amount of time adults can be confined—often in hospitals—during this process, no such cap exists for children, who are regularly held in juvenile hall instead
At first glance, Crossroads looks like many other imposing, foreboding jails for juveniles around the country. But a walkthrough is enough to suggest a different possibility—that of a place where young offenders are given a chance to build on the time they’re forced to spend away from the home, while still being able to be what they are: children.
In mid-May, Denver District Attorney Beth McCann launched a pilot program that could change the way the city handles some young adults charged with crimes. The city’s first ever pre-file diversion program is designed to help young people escape the consequences that accompany a criminal record, like the difficulty securing financial opportunities, finding housing, gaining employment and sometimes even the right to vote.
Sadly, the Texas Department of Juvenile Justice has been making policy decisions about juvenile offenders with inaccurate data for more than two years. That’s because the department is using an outdated, faulty data system that was developed in-house more than 25 years ago.
In 2016, hundreds of California children younger than 12 went to delinquency court, and 26 of them were sent on to probation camp to live among teenage offenders.