The role of Family Peer Support specialists is to help parents navigate the juvenile justice system, which can sometimes be difficult to do on their own.
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A recent report shows about 500 fewer young people were admitted to juvenile detention in Illinois in 2017 than in 2016 – a 5% drop.
Children of incarcerated parents are six times more likely than other children to develop a substance use disorder as adults and nearly twice as likely to have diagnosable anxiety, according to new research from the Center for Child and Family Policy at the Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy.
The Tidewater Youth Services Commission’s apartment living program teaches young men just out of Bon Air—or a state commitment to a local detention center—how to live on their own.
In the state’s 2007-2008 fiscal year, there were 1,491 teens admitted to Manson. Ten years later, 105 juveniles were admitted to the facility, an almost 92% decrease that juvenile justice experts attribute to a combination of factors.
In Burlington County, law enforcement, local churches, social organizations, youth-based groups, municipal, county and state agencies and school districts have been working together to find ways to intervene early in a child’s life.
DOC Deputy Secretary for Reentry Kelly Evans said research shows that quality early childhood education, especially for high-risk children, is one of the best ways to break the cycle of recidivism.
Knowing many of the teens have been sitting in jail cells and thinking for hours about what landed them there, Bettina Graf—restorative practices lead for the San Mateo County Office of Education—focuses on helping them separate their actions from their identities before they begin classes in the county’s court and community schools.
Hundreds of law enforcement and education officials joined criminal justice reform advocates at the hearing, “Deconstructing the Prison Pipeline,” hosted by Suffolk County Sheriff Errol Toulon and Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre (D-Babylon).
Black girls are being criminalized at alarming rates. They are hobbled by negative societal stereotypes that stretch back to slavery. By educators, counselors, caseworkers and judges who fail to address their trauma and emotional needs. By school discipline policies that push black girls out of school and punish them more often and more harshly than their white peers.
The Sonoma County Probation Department recently launched a comprehensive review of its juvenile justice system to determine how well department policies and practices align with what research shows works to improve outcomes for youth while using resources efficiently.
“This could be a really beautiful state if we fix it.” Those words were spoken by a young man at a juvenile day report center in southern West Virginia. They sum up the results of over 100 interviews and surveys of young people conducted over the last year about mental health issues.
Years after serving time as a youth offender, the photographer Brian L. Frank has devoted himself to documenting young men’s experiences with the criminal justice system. In “Out of Bounds: Coming of Age in Gang Territory,” he takes an intimate look at the effect of targeted policing on minority youth in the Central Valley of California, where the children of agricultural workers and former factory workers have few opportunities.
“We used to send 3,800 kids to the state system. Now we send none,” said Vincent Schiraldi, senior research scientist and co-director of the Columbia University Justice Lab. Schiraldi said crime also went down.
Corrections and health and human services officials say the plan heralds a cultural change in the state’s approach to the youngest in the justice system, and creates opportunities to better bridge educational, mental health and social services to prepare minors for release.
Every day spent in an adult jail or prison facility not only puts youth at risk of physical harm, but also compromises any real hope of providing them with quality educational services and real opportunities for success upon release.
When Suzi Jensen went to see her mom in prison at the age of 12 she was only allowed to hug her twice, once at the beginning of the visit and once at the end. “They just had tables and you had to sit across the table from her,” said Jensen, now in her 30s. “At that age, being a 12-year-old girl, there were a lot of things happening, big changes and not being able to sit and cry and talk to her was terrible.”
Sheriff Steve Tompkins recently told a roomful of public officials and inmates that the PEACE unit—an acronym for “Positive Energy Always Creates Elevation”—is part of an effort to reshape the way people are treated behind bars.
A package of bills aimed at raising the age Michigan residents can be tried as adults passed out of a House committee Wednesday. Under current Michigan law, 17-year-olds are automatically tried as adults. The bill package would raise that age to 18 years of age.
Many young people who spent a chunk of their childhood on Rikers are left behind, reliving the trauma of teenage incarceration inside the same walls where they celebrated milestone birthdays, contended with puberty and took high school classes.