In 2012, young adults accounted for 10 percent of the U.S. population but nearly 30 percent of people arrested and 21 percent of all admissions to adult state and federal prisons. In response to criminal justice data trends and developmental research, states are exploring various approaches to better support young adults in the justice system.
We were very sad to hear the news late last week that our friend and colleague Ned Loughran passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer. Ned was the founder and long-time executive director of the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators.
UTEC and Roca, two Second Chance Act grantees based in Massachusetts, were highlighted in a recent report by the National Institute of Justice for their innovative approaches to working with young adults.
In 2011, Georgia resident Jennifer DeWeese knew very little about the juvenile justice system in her state. She had never heard of a Regional Youth Detention Center (RYDC), nor did she have reason to believe that she would one day end up being an influential voice of personal experience in Georgia’s Department of Juvenile Justice. But then her teenage son stole their neighbor’s car and served more than a month in an RYDC.
Governor Brian Sandoval, First Lady Kathleen Sandoval, State Supreme Court Justice Nancy Saitta, and other legislative and community leaders gathered on July 12 at the Nevada State Supreme Court to launch an effort to strengthen public safety and improve outcomes for youth who are involved with the juvenile justice system.
This program develops and provides a range of training, technical assistance, and resources to state, tribal, community, and private organizations that serve minority youth who are in or are at risk of entering the juvenile justice system.
This program uses alternatives to incarceration that have been shown to produce better outcomes for youth.
The McCourt School of Public Policy’s LEAD Conference is an annual event that brings together experts and key stakeholders to examine a particular policy challenge and discuss potential solutions.
This webinar discusses how data can be used to help identify racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile and criminal justice systems, determine the best course of action to address disparities, and track progress toward reduction goals.
This webinar is especially useful for juvenile correctional agencies, behavioral health agencies, clinicians, reentry coordinators, probation and parole staff, and other stakeholders.
In this webinar, participants learn about current data and trends on youth and young adult homelessness; how homelessness intersects with the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems; and lessons learned and promising strategies to connect youth and young adults in contact with the justice system to safe, stable, and affordable housing.
In this webinar, officials from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Reentry Resource Center explain the grant program and application process.
In this webinar, hosted by American Institutes for Research, panelists from the CSG Justice Center and state and local practitioners explain how school discipline, climate, and safety data can be leveraged to promote sustained funding.
This report from the White House includes updates about projects launched and local progress made in response to the Administration’s Rethink Discipline efforts. Rethink Discipline was launched as part of President Barack Obama’s My Brothers’ Keeper initiative and aims to support all students and promote a welcome and safe climate in schools.
This report contextualizes the use of police and court interventions in schools within the larger world of criminal justice practices and reforms, highlights the improvements and enduring dangers of an overly punitive school discipline system, and provides analysis of data on arrests, court referrals, use of force incidents, school climate, and juvenile probation referrals directly from schools that impact Texas students.
This policy analysis, by the Education Commission of the States, provides descriptive information about incarcerated youth populations, explores their educational challenges, reviews currently enacted state and federal policies designed to address their needs, and provides policy considerations for state governments.
This fact sheet is geared toward youth justice advocates who need a basic primer on how the federal Victims of Crime Fund operates.
This paper, from the National Institute of Justice, discusses recent research in developmental psychology and widespread reports of abuse to recommend a replacement to the current youth prison model.
A compelling example of the urgent need for reform is how our system treats juvenile offenders. We know that young people’s relationship with the criminal justice apparatus has powerful, lasting consequences for them, their families, and their communities. It is therefore vitally important we make sure that all children who come into contact with the criminal justice system are treated fairly and appropriately, are not forgotten, and are afforded an opportunity to rehabilitate and become productive, contributing members of society.
The Utah Juvenile Justice Working Group submitted to state leaders a comprehensive set of data-driven policy recommendations designed to increase public safety, effectively hold juvenile offenders accountable, and focus juvenile justice system resources on youth who pose the greatest risk to public safety.
Last week, the Juvenile Justice Coalition of Ohio (JJC)–an NJJN member–and its state partners scored a legislative victory as HB 410, a bill the JJC and its partners had championed to reform the state’s approach to school discipline and truancy, passed both houses of the Ohio legislature with strong bipartisan support. The bill now goes to Governor Kasich’s desk for signature.
During the past decade and a half, the number of young people confined or placed out of the home in the juvenile justice system has been cut in half. While there is still much more progress to be made—the country is still incarcerating far too many young people, particularly young people of color—what is happening in the juvenile justice system stands in stark contrast to the challenges seen in reducing adult imprisonment.
The legislation, approved with overwhelming support, tones down “zero tolerance” policies which require automatic suspension or expulsion for students who commit offenses such as assault or bring a weapon to school. Instead, school administrators would be required to consider factors such as student’s age, disciplinary history, whether the student has a disability, and the seriousness of the violation.