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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.

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Apply Now: Senior Policy Advisor for Corrections and Reentry, Bureau of Justice Assistance

Apply Now: Senior Policy Advisor for Corrections and Reentry, Bureau of Justice Assistance

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) of the U.S. Department of Justice is now accepting applications for a Senior Policy Advisor for Corrections and Reentry. The selected candidate will oversee the implementation of the Second Chance Act and BJA’s reentry efforts, which include program and policy development and significant collaborative work with federal partners and the Federal Interagency Reentry Council.

Call for Applicants to the Right Turn Career-Focused Transition Initiative

Call for Applicants to the Right Turn Career-Focused Transition Initiative

The Institute for Educational Leadership is currently accepting applications from organizations interested in improving employment outcomes for youth involved in the court system. Funds awarded from this program can be used for education, occupational training for in-demand industries, and other workforce development activities for individuals ages 14 to 24.

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Mental Health Screening in Juvenile Justice Services

Mental Health Screening in Juvenile Justice Services

Using results from a 51-jurisdiction survey, this brief from the National Center for Juvenile Justice provides an overview of standardized mental health screening tools that are required at the state-level in juvenile detention, probation, and correction settings.

Advancing School Discipline Reform

Advancing School Discipline Reform

This report from the National Association of State Boards of Education explores the latest research on punitive school discipline and zero-tolerance policies, their effects on student achievement and engagement, and a range of more effective disciplinary strategies.

“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.

Recent headlines

Should Schools Screen Kids for Mental Health Problems?

By screening for depression, bipolar disorder, and other mental health issues, could schools head off future campus violence? We asked six experts whether routine mental health screenings in schools are a good idea.

Hillsborough: Disciplinary Changes Begin as School Starts

As students in Hillsborough County head back to school, there are lots of new changes happening this year. These changes have to do with the student handbook, and how your child is disciplined if he or she gets in trouble.

Illinois Governor Signs Sweeping School Discipline Reform

llinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) on Monday signed into law a sweeping reform of the state’s school discipline policies, putting Illinois at the forefront of the nationwide push to make school discipline less exclusionary and more effective.