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New Report Finds Incarceration for ‘Status Offenses’ Still Widespread
4/10/2015, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Gary Gately
WASHINGTON – More than half of U.S. states allow children to be detained for repeated nonviolent “status offenses” such as skipping school, running away from home or possession of…
New Resources on Trauma and Juvenile Justice from the Collaborative for Change
4/9/2015, Collaborative for Change
By Staff
The Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change (Collaborative for Change) announces the availability of multiple resources on trauma and the juvenile justice system. WEBSITE: A…
West Virginia Eases Strict Truancy Law
4/8/2015, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Gary Gately
Detention for truancy used to mean sitting in a classroom after school while your friends went out to play. In West Virginia, especially for the past five years, detention for unexcused absences has…
Study Finds That Juveniles Should be Kept Out of Prison System
4/6/2015, The Roosevelt Torch
By Rachel Popa
A recent and detailed needs assessment was commissioned by the Cook County Justice for Children and was conducted by Roosevelt University’s Mansfield Institute, which found that many higher-ups…
The Next Page: Dreaming of Freedom
4/5/2015, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
By Gary Gately
Kenneth Carl Crawford III, now 31, returns to that woods behind his childhood home in Oklahoma, but only in his mind — the only way the Greene County inmate can go back now, perhaps the only…

Press releases

States Selected for SAMHSA-MacArthur Initiative to Divert Juvenile Justice-Involved Youth with Behavioral Health Needs
3/31/2015, SAMHSA/MacArthur Foundation
By Press Release
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and MacArthur announce that New York, Nevada, West Virginia, and Wisconsin have been selected to participate in Improving…

Op-eds and essays

Judges Should Decide Where Teens Stand Trial
3/31/2015, Chicago Sun-Times
In juvenile courtrooms today, much of a judge’s time is spent trying to find out what’s going wrong and right in a child’s life and finding ways to change behaviors. Juvenile court…
City Leaders are Taking Up the Charge of Juvenile Justice Reform
3/31/2015, Cities Speak/National League of Cities Blog
By Laura Furr
As cities strive to create fair and effective responses to young people in the juvenile justice system, everyone benefits from reduced future crime and improved outcomes for young residents. We see…
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