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.
The purpose of this program is to provide funding to states/territories/tribes to improve treatment for adolescents and/or transitional aged youth with substance use disorders or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders.
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.
The National Council on Crime & Delinquency is now accepting submissions for its 2017 Media for a Just Society Awards, which recognize media that furthers public understanding of criminal justice, juvenile justice, and child welfare.
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 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.
The 2016 Model Indian Juvenile Code helps federally recognized tribes create or enhance their own codes to focus on juvenile issues, specifically alcohol- and/or drug-related offenses.
Resources include a bill of rights for children of incarcerated parents, a social media guide, and guidance on identifying and supporting children of incarcerated parents in child welfare.
Judges, lawmakers, youth advocates and juvenile probation officials from across the state have formed a task force to look at ways to improve the juvenile justice system. After studying trends in juvenile arrests throughout Nevada, experts released recommendations to help prevent teens from breaking the law again.
Nevada spends almost $95 million a year supervising juvenile offenders, but there is no way to tell if the money is being used wisely, a national organization says. The Council of State Governments Justice Center said about half of the youths on probation or parole reoffend in one to two years in Clark and Washoe counties.
Governor Brian Sandoval established a task force in July to thoroughly review Nevada’s juvenile system and propose changes, and has indicated that overhauling the state’s approach to criminal justice for youths and adults will be on his agenda for the upcoming legislative session.
In the short term, students who receive this form of punishment show an increase in aggressive and defiant behavior–the opposite of the intended outcome. In the long term, students who experience physical punishment in school are more likely to later grapple with substance abuse and mental health issues, including depression, personality disorders and post-traumatic stress.
In a dear colleague letter that coincides with a report showing low-literacy skills among the incarcerated, U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. urged states to make use of expanded resources under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act to enhance education programs within correctional facilities. With help from that law, states can shrink achievement gaps, equip prisoners with skills and credentials to find meaningful employment and support successful reentry.