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Remembering Ned Loughran (1939–2016)

Remembering Ned Loughran (1939–2016)

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.

Georgia Juvenile Justice Task Force Shows Commitment to Parental Engagement

Georgia Juvenile Justice Task Force Shows Commitment to Parental Engagement

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.

Gov. Sandoval Launches Review of Nevada’s Juvenile Justice System

Gov. Sandoval Launches Review of Nevada’s Juvenile Justice System

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.

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Webinars

Addressing the Housing Needs of Youth and Young Adults in Contact with the Justice System

Addressing the Housing Needs of Youth and Young Adults in Contact with the Justice System

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.

Publications

The Continuing Need to Rethink Discipline

The Continuing Need to Rethink Discipline

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.

Dangerous Discipline: How Texas Schools Are Relying on Law Enforcement, Courts, and Juvenile Probation to Discipline Students

Dangerous Discipline: How Texas Schools Are Relying on Law Enforcement, Courts, and Juvenile Probation to Discipline Students

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.

State and Federal Policy: Incarcerated Youth

State and Federal Policy: Incarcerated Youth

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.

Recent headlines

Opinion: America’s Criminal Justice System Is Broken

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.

Ohio Member Wins School Discipline Victory

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.

Opinion: Draw from Juvenile Justice System’s Strengths for Better Approaches for Young Adults

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.

Bills to Reduce School Suspensions, Expulsions Head to Michigan Governor’s Desk

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.