What constitutes success is ensuring that, whenever possible, youth receive supervision and services that support them to avoid further contact with the justice system and transition safely to adulthood.
This is the first in a series of posts on aspects of successful reentry. Each post will include curated resources related to the featured reentry topic.
Recently, the U.S. Congress approved the $1.3 trillion Fiscal Year 2018 Omnibus Appropriations bill that would set government funding through Sep. 30, 2018. The bill provides $30.3 billion for the Department of Justice and includes $2.9 billion for various state and local law enforcement assistance grant programs.
The Middlesex, Massachusetts, Sheriff’s Office opened a new jail unit specifically for young adults this month. Established in partnership with the local nonprofit UTEC and the Vera Institute of Justice, the specialized unit—called People Achieving Change Together (PACT)—seeks to reduce recidivism by offering tailored programming to young people between the ages of 18 and 24 at the Middlesex Jail and House of Correction.
The Council of State Governments (CSG) recently announced that Megan Quattlebaum, research scholar in law at Yale University Law School and lecturer in law at Columbia University Law School, will be the next director of The CSG Justice Center.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation is seeking applications from emerging youth justice leaders, ages 18–25, around the country to support and contribute to a national juvenile justice reform movement.
The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, in partnership with the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators, is now accepting applications for its 2019 cohort of Youth in Custody Practice Model sites.
These trainings will provide practitioners with the skills necessary to successfully facilitate the National Curriculum and Training Institute Crossroads® curricula.
The presenters of this webinar discuss overcoming the challenges to effective community engagement and explore ways to increase the number of juvenile record clearances.
This webinar explores ways that juvenile defenders and civil legal aid attorneys can partner to share expertise and provide essential legal representation for youth facing the collateral consequences of having criminal records.
In this webinar, representatives from the National Reentry Resource Center and the New York City Department of Probation discuss emerging research and innovative practices related to improving outcomes for young adults in the justice system. Drawing on guidance gathered at a 2017 convening of practitioners, policymakers, and researchers hosted by the CSG Justice Center and the Harvard Kennedy School, the CSG Justice Center developed Do’s and Don’ts for Reducing Recidivism Among Young Adults in the Justice System—a resource that details proven and promising practices for working with the young adult population.
In 2017, states around the country saw changes to their juvenile record clearance laws. This webinar explores the various state reforms that took place during the year. Attendees hear directly from state advocates who discuss what it took for their state to expand its juvenile record clearance laws.
This webinar highlights strategies, tools, examples, and best-practice models from across the country that juvenile justice agency managers, staff, and other practitioners may consider in adopting to effectively implement evidence-based programs and services and promote positive outcomes for youth in the juvenile justice system.
This report describes the changes in policy and practice that have enabled five states to reduce their prison populations between 14 to 25 percent over the past decade and shows how these states have achieved a far more significant decarceration rate than the national average.
This report from the UCLA School of Law summarizes the major legal developments applicable to youth housed in adult jails and provides examples from jurisdictions across the country that have made substantial progress toward removing youth from these facilities.
This publication examines the barriers to treating youth involved in violent crime in the community instead of incarceration as well as gauges support for proposed reforms through interviews with members of the victims’ community.
This guide from the Vera Institute of Justice examines how gender can profoundly shape the circumstances leading girls and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and gender nonconforming children into court and the juvenile justice system for status offenses.
This issue brief highlights research, strategies, and local reform efforts aimed at improving youth outcomes through structured decision-making tools and diversion.
New policies are in line with the Colorado Department of Human Services’ “two-gen” philosophy, a modern tenet of social reform focused on targeting two generations for better outcomes.
Connecticut is trying to push back by focusing on one group that is especially likely to return to prison: young women, ages 18 to 25. It began in the summer of 2015, when Scott Semple, who runs the Connecticut state prison system, spent a week visiting prisons in Germany.
“We have so much to offer,” 62-year-old Mark Thompson told me, referring to the many reformed old-timers behind the wall. “It makes more sense helping younger guys understand their anger and addiction out there,” he said, “than dealing with it in here.”
Less than 36 hours after his release from prison, Steve Perkins sat in front of a class of law students, giving them advice. Perkins hadn’t been in a traditional classroom in more than four decades, yet here he was as evidence that youthful offenders once sent away for life could be rehabilitated — even after killing someone.
Governor Brown also signed SB 439, which excludes children age 11 and younger from juvenile court jurisdiction to promote the rights, health, and well-being of the child by curbing premature exposure to incarceration.