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Obama Supports ‘Second Chances’ for People Convicted of Nonviolent Offenses

Obama Supports ‘Second Chances’ for People Convicted of Nonviolent Offenses

After commuting the sentences of 46 people convicted of nonviolent drug crimes earlier in the week, President Barack Obama said in a major speech on July 14 at the NAACP that it was time to reduce sentences for people convicted of nonviolent crimes generally and to invest in helping formerly incarcerated people reenter society.

Q&A with Julian Adler of the Red Hook Community Justice Center

Q&A with Julian Adler of the Red Hook Community Justice Center

As the nation’s first multijurisdictional community court, the Red Hook Community Justice Center in Brooklyn has served as a neighborhood hub for clinical services, community service, youth programs, and other social supports since its founding in 2000.

Announcements

Live Forum Highlights Resources Available for Criminal Justice Agencies

Live Forum Highlights Resources Available for Criminal Justice Agencies

Hosted by the Community Corrections Collaborative Network, this live online discussion will address resources available through federal funding for community corrections and criminal justice agencies to help identify and address the needs of people in the system, particularly those with mental disorders and/or substance use disorders.

Training Institute to Address Youth Justice Diversion Programs

Training Institute to Address Youth Justice Diversion Programs

Hosted by Global Youth Justice, this event provides training on establishing and enhancing juvenile justice diversion programs. Training topics include how to train youth and adult volunteers, provide quality community service programs, and conduct mock family intake meetings. It will also discuss grant writing and funding opportunities.

Juvenile Justice Reform Leadership Academy

Juvenile Justice Reform Leadership Academy

Hosted by the National League of Cities, this academy will provide training on the skills and knowledge needed to lead existing municipal efforts in juvenile justice reform. The event will highlight promising practices and provide opportunities for learning from both peers and national experts.

Webinars

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

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

“Youth Justice Awareness Month” Event Planning Guide

“Youth Justice Awareness Month” Event Planning Guide

This guide from the Campaign for Youth Justice provides tips on how to plan an event for National Youth Justice Awareness Month, which is held every October to raise awareness of the consequences of youth prosecution and placement in the adult criminal justice system.

The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline: The Girls’ Story

The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline: The Girls’ Story

The report examines the sexual abuse to prison pipeline for girls, a phenomenon in which sexual abuse experienced by girls is one of the primary predictors of their involvement with the juvenile justice system.

Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2014

Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2014

The report presents the latest data on crime and safety at school from the perspectives of students, teachers, and principals using 23 indicators grouped under the categories: Violent Deaths; Nonfatal Student and Teacher Victimization; School Environment, Fights, Weapons, and Illegal Substances; Fear and Avoidance; Discipline, Safety, and Security Measures; and Postsecondary Campus and Security.

Recent headlines

Juvenile Justice Reform: No Longer a Partisan Issue

Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) of 2015. The JJDPA remains the only federal statute that sets out national standards for the custody and care of youth in the juvenile justice system, and that provides direction and support for state juvenile justice system improvements.

In essence, the JJDPA codifies what we have come to think of as good old-fashioned common-sense: kids, even when they come into conflict with the law, should be treated as kids—not, as the Supreme Court itself has said, like “miniature adults.”

Debate Continues Over OKCPS Code of Conduct Changes

How to best discipline children in school so they behave has become heated debate in Oklahoma City. In an effort to reduce suspensions, Superintendent Rob Neu thinks OKC public schools needs a new student code of conduct policy; one that may include interventions for students.

Why Schools Over-Discipline Children with Disabilities

A quarter-century ago, on July 26, 1990, Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act to give people with disabilities equal access to services like public education. But the rate at which special-needs students are disciplined raises questions about how equal that access truly is. In public schools today, children with disabilities are far more likely than their classmates to be disciplined, removed from the classroom, suspended, and even expelled

Proposed Code of Conduct Changes for RCSD

One in five students in the Rochester City School District was suspended in 2012 – sometimes for petty behavior, according to the District. But changes to the code of conduct could be on the way, and could change what sends children home.