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OP-ED: Federal Leadership Moving in Right Direction with New Grants
9/24/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Marc Schindler
The renewal of an important public-private collaboration between the Office of Justice Programs and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is a major accomplishment for the juvenile…
OP-ED: As Another Young Boy Commits Suicide in an Adult Prison, We Must Rethink the Prosecution of Children as Adults
9/23/2014, Huffington Post
By Marsha Levick
Zachary Proper, age 15, committed suicide two weeks ago in an adult prison in Pennsylvania. There has been little media coverage of his death, suggesting a disturbing complacency about suicide by…
Office of Justice Programs, MacArthur Foundation Renew Partnership With $2 Million Commitment to Advance Juvenile Justice Reform
9/23/2014, Office of Justice Programs
By Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Office of Justice Programs WASHINGTON– In a renewed private-public partnership, the Office of Justice Programs’ Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency…
Center for Children’s Law and Policy Launches Expands Project to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Juvenile Justice
9/23/2014, CCLP
By Tiana Davis
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Washington, DC – The Center for Children’s Law and Policy (CCLP) begins a nationwide search for two local jurisdictions to engage in a newly expanded effort to…
New Opportunity for Jurisdictions Seeking to Improve Outcomes for Dual Status Youth
9/23/2014, Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice
By Sorrel Dilanian
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice, led by Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps, is pleased to announce a new Dual Status Youth…
Mental Health Training Initiative for State and Local Juvenile Detention and Correctional Systems
9/23/2014, Collaborative for Change/National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice
By Ashley Degnan
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE A new effort to create sustainable mental health training capacity within state and local juvenile justice systems will offer up to six sites an opportunity to be trained in…
Risk Assessment and Behavioral health Screening (RABS) Project
9/23/2014, The National Youth Screening & Assessment Project
By Dr. Gina Vincent
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Two probation offices in each of two states will be selected to receive funding for a coordinator, get free training and technical assistance, and provided financial…
The Case for Delayed Adulthood
9/19/2014, The New York Times
By Laurence Steinberg
ONE of the most notable demographic trends of the last two decades has been the delayed entry of young people into adulthood. According to a large-scale national study conducted since the late 1970s,…
OJJDP Should Strengthen DMC Requirement: Report
9/16/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Gary Gately
States face no real federal pressure to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system, a new report says. The report by the National Research Council of the National Academy of…
New Report on State Trends to Remove Children from the Adult Justice System
9/12/2014, Campaign for Youth Justice
By Staff
A new report from the Campaign for Youth Justice (CFYJ), State Trends: Updates from the 2013-2014 Legislative Session, takes a look at states are removing children from the adult criminal justice…
What’s the Value of Federal Juvenile Justice Act? Imagine the Last 40 Years Without It
9/9/2014, The Chronicle of Social Change
By Liz Ryan and Jill Ward
So what if there was no JJDPA? Remember the movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life” where the soon-to-be angel Clarence turns back the clock and George Bailey hasn’t been born? He…
Calcasieu Resource Center Has Been Huge Asset in Dealing with Juveniles
9/9/2014, American Press
By Jonathan Manning
The Calcasieu Parish Multi-Agency Resource Center, which provides assistance to at-risk children and their families, is an “unbelievable asset” for law enforcement, Lake Charles Chief of…
OP-ED: Why the JJDPA Still Matters
9/5/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Marie N. Williams, JD
When first enacted in 1974, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) revolutionized juvenile justice practice across the United States. While not commonly discussed as such, the…
Will This Be the Year JJDPA Is Reauthorized?
9/4/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Gary Gately
Forty years after its birth, the landmark federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act could be reauthorized by Congress this year. Reauthorization can hardly come soon enough for…
OP-ED: Stop Sentencing Kids to Life Without Parole
9/4/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Nancy Schouweiler
As a county commissioner, I do not see juveniles with very long sentences held in my local facilities, but that does not mean I find these sentences any less troubling. County officials have the task…
OJJDP’s Model Programs Guide Adds Three Literature Reviews
9/4/2014, OJJDP
By Staff
OJJDP’s Model Programs Guide (MPG), an online resource of evidence-based juvenile justice and youth prevention, intervention, and reentry programs, has added three new literature reviews. MPG…
OP-ED: Fitting Juvenile Justice into the ‘Public Policy Puzzle’
9/3/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
When I learned Michael Botticelli had been selected to be the director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, I happened to be reading an excellent book on the topics that will be…
OP-ED: Reflections on Justice After Ferguson, MO: When Will Youth of Color Receive the Same Due Process as Officer Darren Wilson?
9/2/2014, Huffington Post
By Marsha Levick, Mae C. Quinn
It's been several weeks since Michael Brown was shot by Officer Darren Wilson. The investigation and grand jury proceedings continue as community members in Ferguson, MO and supporters around the…
Improving Public Safety and Youth Outcomes through Juvenile Assessment and Service Centers
9/2/2014, National League of Cities
By Laura Furr
City leaders can improve public safety and outcomes for youth by promoting practices that hold youth accountable for wrongdoing in a way that is developmentally appropriate and fair. To advance…
Restorative Justice: Stats Pointing to Racial Bias in Expulsions and Suspensions Spur a New Look at School Discipline
9/1/2014, Illinois Issues
By Brian Mackey
If a student happens to have been born black, he’s three times more likely to be suspended or expelled than his white classmates. That statistic comes from the U.S. Department of Education, and…
OP-ED: With Juveniles, Staff Training Matters More Than Race
8/29/2014, Chronicle of Social Change
By Marc Schindler
Would diversifying the police force have helped prevent the tragedy at Ferguson? There is some evidence that black police officers and white police officers behave in similar ways and that the…
National Association of Counties Calls for Abolition of Life Without Parole for Children
8/27/2014, NACo
By Staff
During its annual conference in New Orleans, the National Association of Counties (NACo) adopted more than 30 new policy positions to guide advocacy efforts. Included was the position that opposes…
History of CJCA: The Early Years (1994-1999)
8/26/2014, Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators
By Edward Loughran
CJCA entered the juvenile justice world during one of the most regressive reform periods in the history of juvenile justice. According to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency…
Illinois Creates Independent Ombudsman Office to Protect Youth in Prison and on Aftercare
8/26/2014, Illinois Models for Change
By Staff
Illinois has joined a growing number of states with juvenile ombudsman programs intended to help protect the rights of youth in custody. “It is essential for the safety of our incarcerated…
OP-ED: The Myth of Juvenile Crime in the Summer
8/20/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Marc Schindler and Amanda Petteruti
It seems like summer has always created some anxiety for adults, who worry that youth will end up in trouble if they don’t have enough to do. Part of that worry may be justifiable: We all want…
Los Angeles to Reduce Arrest Rate in Schools
8/18/2014, The New York Times
By Jennifer Medina
LOS ANGELES — After years of arresting students for on-campus fights and damaging school property, Los Angeles school officials are adopting new policies to reduce the number of students who…
OP-ED: Juvenile Sex Offender Registries Don’t Make Us Safer
8/18/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
Sex offenders are people, too. You probably won’t see that on bumper stickers soon, but it is the sentiment I try to convey when explaining my views of how our society should respond to sexual…
OP-ED: Ferguson a Stark Reminder of Racial Disparity in Nation’s Justice System
8/15/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Elizabeth Clarke
The protests in Ferguson, Mo., have captured the attention of the nation, focusing on the injustice and racial disparities in the justice system — in Ferguson.
Dual Status Youth: The Importance of Early Intervention and Successful Coordination
8/15/2014, Status Offense Reform Center Blog
By John Tuell
John Tuell of the Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice discusses the intersections of dual status youth and the issue of status offense reform in an interview for Vera's…
OP-ED: How to Improve the System’s Treatment of Kids? Ask Them
8/14/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By John Maki
While a growing body of research has demonstrated that punishing young people in the adult criminal justice system is not an effective deterrent, results in higher rates of recidivism and undermines…
Evidence-Based ‘Gold Standard’: Coveted, Yet Controversial
8/13/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Gary Gately
The [evidence-based practice] designation is both coveted and controversial. Purists maintain only programs subjected to the highest scrutiny should be employed in juvenile justice, viewing them…
Analysis: Holes in the Evidence for Evidence-Based
8/13/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Dick Mendel
I was reminded of “Less Hype, More Help” this month by the rollout of a JJIE’s new online Resource Hub on evidence-based programs and practices, and by Gary Gately’s feature…
The Skinny on Evidence-Based Practices
8/12/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Benjamin Chambers
There’s a lot more to do to advance the spread of evidence-based practices. For this reason, next week, the Juvenile Justice Resource Hub will publish a new section devoted to evidence-based…
New Resource from NJDC: What Juvenile Defenders Should Know about the DSM-5
8/11/2014, National Juvenile Defender Center
By Staff
The National Juvenile Defender Center released a new resource brief entitled, What Juvenile Defenders Should Know about the DSM-5. This brief is intended to support juvenile defense advocacy by…
Baltimore Tightens Curfew Amid Skepticism and Protests
8/8/2014, Time Magazine
By Justin Worland
Most major cities have curfew policies, but experts doubt their effectiveness A Baltimore measure tightening its curfew policy to make it among the most stringent in the United States went into…
New Resource from NJDC: Juvenile Defense Attorneys and Family Engagement: Same Team, Different Roles.
8/7/2014, National Juvenile Defender Center
By Staff
The National Juvenile Defender Center has released a new resource to help support and facilitate juvenile defenders’ family engagement efforts, Juvenile Defense Attorneys and Family Engagement:…
OP-ED: Why Do We Need to Do This Work?
8/7/2014, JJIE.org
By Mark Warner
As Deputy Chief of the Cook Juvenile Probation and Court Services, I’m frequently asked about my work surrounding dual status youth — youth involved with both the child welfare and…
After Discrimination Finding, Jury's Out On Memphis Juvenile Courts
8/6/2014, NPR
By Carrie Johnson
For people connected to the Memphis juvenile courts, April 2012 is unforgettable. That's when federal investigators determined that the Shelby County juvenile court system discriminated against…
Summit to Bring Together Juvenile Justice Pros, Youthful Advocates
8/6/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Gary Gately
“Building the next generation of juvenile justice leaders” will be the focus of a two-day summit in Washington co-hosted by the nonprofit Coalition for Juvenile Justice and the federal…
U.S. Inquiry Finds a ‘Culture of Violence’ Against Teenage Inmates at Rikers Island
8/4/2014, The New York Times
By Benjamin Weiser and Michael Schwirtz
In an extraordinary rebuke of the New York City Department of Correction, the federal government said on Monday that the department had systematically violated the civil rights of male teenagers held…
Capitol Hill Roundtable: Interrupt the ‘Poverty-to-Prison Pipeline’
8/4/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Gary Gately
You’ve heard about the “school-to-prison pipeline.” Now, add to that the “cradle-to-prison pipeline,” the “poverty-to-prison pipeline” and the…
NLC Announces Municipal Leadership for Juvenile Justice Reform Webinar Series
8/4/2014, National League of Cities
By Laura Furr
City leaders interested in improving outcomes for youth and increasing public safety through juvenile justice reform are encouraged to participate in a series of webinars, during the next phase of…
"Rising Starcia" - TV Evening Magazine Story on Starcia Ague
8/3/2014, Evening Magazine
By Staff
Champion for Change Starcia Ague is featured in this Evening Magazine story. "She grew up in a meth house. She says her dad ran the operation right next to her bedroom. And she says her mom was a…
IACP Releases National Summit Report: Law Enforcement’s Leadership Role in Juvenile Justice Reform - Actionable Recommendations for Practice and Policy
7/31/2014, International Association of Chiefs of Police
Alexandria, VA – On July 31, 2014, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) released the report of the National Summit on Law Enforcement Leadership in Juvenile Justice, which…
New PBS Documentary: 15 to Life - Kenneth's Story
7/30/2014, PBS
By Point of View
PBS Premiere: August 4, 2014 Check Local Listings for Availability Synopsis Does sentencing a teenager to life without parole serve our society well? The United States is the only country in the…
CJJ Releases News Resources for Status Offense Reform
7/30/2014, Coalition for Juvenile Justice
By staff
The Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ) has released online publications to help juvenile justice stakeholders reform their approach to addressing status offenses, such as truancy, running away,…
Tennessee Chosen As 1 Of 5 States To Work On Juvenile Justice Reforms
7/28/2014, The Chattanoogan
By Staff
The Council for State Governments Justice Center, along with the National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC), will partner with Tennessee’s Department of Children’s Services (DCS) Juvenile…
CSG Justice Center Provides Roadmap for State and Local Governments to Improve Outcomes for Youth in Juvenile Justice System
7/28/2014, Council for State Governments
By Michael Clark
The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, along with the National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC), released two publications explaining what state and local governments can do to improve…
OJJDP Bulletin Examines Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors Among Detained Youth
7/24/2014, OJJDP
By Staff
OJJDP has released “Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors Among Detained Youth.” The bulletin is part of OJJDP's Beyond Detention series, which examines the findings of the Northwestern…
Iowa: Mandatory Minimums for Juveniles Thrown Out
7/18/2014, The New York Times
By Staff
The Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday that juveniles cannot be given mandatory minimum sentences, making it the first state to interpret federal court directives that broadly. More than 100 prisoners…
Chance for Change: Video from the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth
7/17/2014, Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth
By Staff
The U.S. is the only country in the world that sentences children to life without the possibility of parole. Xavier, Dolphy, and Vance received a different sentence and as a result had a chance at…
OP-ED: Uncharted Territory
7/16/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By John Maki
CHICAGO — At the end of last year, the Illinois General Assembly found itself in uncharted territory. In response to an ongoing crisis of gun violence in some of Chicago’s poorest…
Juvenile Justice Grant Funds Functional Family Therapy Program
7/14/2014, The Albany Herald
By Carlton Fletcher
Judge: Costs for juvenile offenders significantly lower with ‘evidence-based’ program ALBANY — The Dougherty County Commission is expected to sign off at its business meeting next…
Texas’ Front End Diversion Initiative Designated a "Promising Program"
7/14/2014, Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change
By Staff
The Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change is pleased to announce that Texas’ Front End Diversion Initiative (FEDI) has been designated a “Promising Program” by…
Video: Clark County’s Status Offense Reform Effort
7/14/2014, Status Offense Reform Center
By Staff
Jodi Martin, Models for Change Coordinator for Clark County (WA), describes how the current approach to truancy was developed to keep kids in schools and out of court. For more information on this…
OP-ED: Building Bipartisan Base for Safer, Smarter Juvenile Justice
7/11/2014, The Chicago Bureau
By Justice Policy Institute
In the past two weeks, Congressional leaders took important steps to play a more catalytic role in advancing safe and smart youth justice policies, building on the bipartisan support that exists in…
OP-ED: Restorative Justice Isn’t Fluff, It’s an Investment in the Future
7/9/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
The argument escalated during lunch in the cafeteria. The 15-year-old boy who threw the first punch made a loud comment about the 16-year-old’s tattoo and threw a hard right. The older boy went…
Sens. Rand Paul and Cory Booker Cross Aisle for Bill on Juvenile Records, Solitary Confinement
7/9/2014, The Chronicle of Social Change
By John Kelly
A bill introduced this week by Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) would automatically seal or expunge the records of certain juveniles and limit the use of solitary confinement in…
OP-ED: Signs of Hope and Justice Two Years After Miller v. Alabama
7/8/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Jody Kent Lavy
Two years after the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Miller v. Alabama, which found that it is unconstitutional to impose automatic life-without-parole sentences on children, I find myself…
OP-ED: Counties Can Improve Juvenile Justice System Outcomes
7/7/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Chris Rodgers
Ever since I learned that a child’s reading level in third grade can be an indicator of his or her likelihood to be incarcerated as an adult, I’ve become increasingly determined that…
Help for Troubled Youths
7/6/2014, The New York Times
By John Tuell
Considerable research on the adolescent brain and the neuroscience of adolescent development affirms that youths with a history of maltreatment are at increased risk for future delinquent and adult…
Book Review: A Call to Junk Juvenile Jails
7/6/2014, The Philadelphia Inquirer
By Marsha Levick
Nell Bernstein's new book, Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison, is a deft strike at the heart of America's century-old practice of locking children away in institutions. A searing…
Hassakis Recognized for Work in Juvenile Justice
7/6/2014, Southern Business Journal
By Staff
Mark D. Hassakis, attorney and senior partner of the law firm Hassakis & Hassakis, P.C. in Mount Vernon, received an award from the Juvenile Justice Initiative, Illinois Association of Juvenile…
Juvenile Justice Reform Should Focus on Our Communities
7/1/2014, The Hill
By Jerry Madden
The cheapest way to reduce crime is to prevent it. Evidence based prevention and intervention programs targeted at youth can stop the cycle of crime and violence before it begins. Providing youth…
Committed Municipal Leaders Gather for Juvenile Justice Reform Leadership Academy
6/30/2014, National League of Cities
By Laura Furr
Thirty local leaders from across the country committed to lead juvenile justice reform in their cities joined together during the Municipal Leadership for Juvenile Justice Reform Leadership Academy…
Tough Love or Abuse? Inside the Anchor Home for Boys
6/30/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Maurice Chammah
Hundreds of residential programs around the country — some religious, some secular — promise to improve the behavior of teenagers through strict discipline or ‘tough love.’…
‘Jane’ Didn’t Get the Help She Needed
6/28/2014, The New York Times
By Nicholas Kristoff
When the Juvenile Justice System Isn’t the Answer IF you want to understand just how miserable a childhood can be, 16-year-old “Jane Doe” is a good place to start. That’s…
OP-ED: More Efforts Focus on Treatment Instead of Sanctions for Youth with Mental Disorders
6/27/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By John Lash
There are several facets to the puzzle of how to best help these kids. One is figuring out the best programming. What actually works? Another is how to put the programming in place within an…
Racial Disparities in the Juvenile Justice System
6/25/2014, The New York Times
By Sarah Bryer
The story of the Central Park Five is an important reminder that although things have certainly improved since the 1980s, our juvenile justice system continues to single out youths of color for…
Evidence Shows Community-Based Programs Work Better than Incarceration
6/25/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Stell Simonton
Keeping youth out of detention centers works, says a report released June 25 by Youth Advocate Programs (YAP). More than 8 out of 10 youth remained arrest-free after completing community-based…
Tennessee Chosen for Juvenile Justice Aid
6/25/2014, The Tennessean
By http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/crime/2014/06/25/tennessee-chosen-juvenile-justice-aid/11317201/
Tennessee is one of four states chosen for a federal program to better help juveniles with behavioral disorders stay out of custody. State officials are getting support from the Substance Abuse and…
OP-ED: Between Hope and Despair, Waiting for Meaningful Implementation of Miller v. Alabama
6/24/2014, Huffington Post
By Marsha Levick, Jody Kent Lavy, and Ashley Nellis
Joe Ligon is a 75-year-old inmate who was condemned to die in a prison in Philadelphia over six decades ago for a murder he witnessed, but did not commit. With no disciplinary infractions and serious…
The Quiet Crisis in Native American Juvenile Justice
6/23/2014, Corrections.com
By Robert Winters, JD, Professor, School of Criminal Justice, Kaplan University
There is a crisis facing the criminal justice system serving Native American youth. The general public has no idea of the challenges facing this group, but when President Barack Obama convened the…
OP-ED: Dual Status Youth – Tomorrow May Be Too Late
6/23/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By John Tuell
In the past decade, we have increasingly learned about youth who enter the juvenile justice system with histories or active involvement in the child welfare system, now commonly referred to as dual…
States Selected for SAMHSA-MacArthur Initiative to Divert Juvenile Justice-Involved Youth with Behavioral Health Needs
6/20/2014, Press Release
By Staff
Policy Academy-Action Network Initiative: State Selection Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the John D. and…
OP-ED: ‘Kids-for-Cash’ Documentary a Reminder of Continuing Problems in Juvenile Justice Systems
6/19/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Megan Bruce
"For many of the children who were involved, the scandal and the resulting consequences of juvenile justice system involvement will have life-long effects. “Kids for Cash” is an…
5 Exonerated in Central Park Jogger Case Agree to Settle Suit for $40 Million
6/19/2014, The New York Times
By Benjamin Weiser
The five men whose convictions in the brutal 1989 beating and rape of a female jogger in Central Park were later overturned have agreed to a settlement of about $40 million from New York City to…
OP-ED: Reflecting on the Past, Planning for the Future of Juvenile Justice and JJDPA
6/17/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Marie Williams
Anniversaries are a time to celebrate, but also to look back and reflect on where we’ve been and where we are going. This week, the Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ) will welcome more than…
OP-ED: Models for Change — A Decade of Advancing Juvenile Justice
6/13/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Marc Schindler
Action Networks received Champions for Change awards during the 2013 Models for Change Annual Conference. When I left the Youth Law Center in 2005 to take a position with the DC Department of…
Illinois Governor Signs Bill Directing Expungement of Some Juvenile Arrests
6/12/2014
By Illinois Models for Change
CHICAGO — Beginning in 2016, the Illinois State Police will begin once-per-year expungement of some juvenile arrest records from its database. The streamlining of the expungement process in…
The Tragic, Maddening Failure of America's Juvenile Justice System
6/11/2014, The Week
By Andrew Cohen
When you start reading Nell Bernstein's haunting book about juvenile justice in America, you'll surely become heartbroken at the ways in which our nation systematically abuses, neglects, tortures,…
Youth Behind Bars: The High Cost of Kids in the Adult Criminal Justice System
6/10/2014, Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency
By Michelle Weemhoff and Kristen Staley
Thousands of children have been funneled into Michigan’s adult prison system due to a series of harsh “tough on crime” laws on perceived youth violence, according to a new report by…
Chicago Ushers in New Era in 1889 with Nation's First Juvenile Court
6/8/2014, The Chicago Tribune
By Ron Grossman
When Henry Campbell was brought before Judge Richard Tuthill on a charge of larceny on July 3, 1899, Chicago demonstrated to the world a new way of thinking about young people and crime. Before…
A Model for Juvenile Detention Reform
6/8/2014, The New York Times
By Editorial Board
States are sending fewer and fewer children to juvenile correctional facilities, partly in response to research showing that locking up young people increases the risk that they will eventually drop…
Remembrance: Maya Angelou’s Visit to Oak Hill
6/5/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By David Domenici
Last weekend my best friend, James Forman, published a beautiful tribute to Dr. Maya Angelou, who died May 28. James recounts how the school we started for court-involved and at-risk teens from…
'Burning Down The House' Makes The Case Against Juvenile Incarceration
6/4/2014, NPR
By Staff
The American rate of juvenile incarceration is seven times that of Great Britain, and 18 times that of France. It costs, on average, $88,000 a year to keep a youth locked up — far more than the…
The Makings of a Good Juvenile Probation Officer
6/4/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
When juvenile court judges across the nation make decisions in response to crimes committed by children, most often those children receive a sentence of probation, and the court relies upon the…
Colorado Passes Bill to Ensure Early Access to Counsel
6/4/2014, NJJN
By Zoe Schein
Last year, the National Juvenile Defender Center and the Colorado Criminal Defender Coalition exposed a huge gap in access to defense counsel for Colorado youth-finding that as many as 45% of…
Opinion: Raise Age of Juvenile Jurisdiction
5/30/2014, Houston Chronicle
By Adrian Garcia, Christopher C. Kirk and Guadalupe Valdez
"Congress unanimously passed the prison rape-elimination legislation in response to concerns about dangerous conditions in prisons. The initiative restricts the placement of anyone under the age of…
Four Tribes to Create Juvenile Diversion Programs
5/30/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Stell Simonton
Four American Indian tribes in South Dakota, Colorado and Minnesota will be setting up programs to aid youth who otherwise might be incarcerated. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation…
Which State Will be the Last to “Raise the Age”?
5/29/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Melissa Sickmund
As the National Center for Juvenile Justice launches our latest website — Juvenile Justice GPS — I want to draw attention to some of the things we see in the data that will be encouraging…
New Website Monitors Juvenile Justice
5/28/2014, Juvenile Justice Geography, Policy, Practice & Statistics
By Hunter Hurst
Advocates, Practitioners and Policy Makers Will Gain New National/Historical Perspective A new website is introducing powerful tools to help policy makers, advocates, researchers and the media to…
What about the girls?
5/27/2014, Philadelphia Inquirer
By Cathy Weiss
Are there more "bad girls" than there used to be? Compared with previous generations, adolescent girls are getting into trouble with the law and with their peers at a rate much higher than their…
End Mass Incarceration Now
5/24/2014, The New York Times
By Editorial Board
For more than a decade, researchers across multiple disciplines have been issuing reports on the widespread societal and economic damage caused by America’s now-40-year experiment in locking up…
Hickenlooper signs bill guaranteeing juvenile counsel
5/23/2014, The Denver Post
By Kate Gibbons
Children and teens arrested for crimes in Colorado are now guaranteed a lawyer whenever they face a judge, after Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill into law Wednesday. With the signing, arrested…
Listen Up D.C.: Stop Putting Your Young People In Adult Jails
5/22/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Marc Schindler
Having helped lead the Washington, D.C. Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) – the city’s juvenile corrections agency — I know, first hand from my experience running…
Illinois Agrees to Provide Attorneys to Defend Children Returned to Prison for Alleged Parole Violations
5/19/2014, Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center
CHICAGO – Illinois officials have agreed to major reforms aimed at protecting children in the state’s parole system. These reforms will resolve a class action lawsuit that alleged due…
OP-ED: Cities Step Up to Keep Kids Out of Juvenile Detention
5/19/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Laura Furr
Mayors, city council members and other municipal leaders have not traditionally played a central role in juvenile justice reform. City leaders from across the country are now stepping up to the…
New report examines impact of "direct file" statute on youth, public safety
5/19/2014, Campaign for Youth Justice
Reforms Needed to Improve Youth Outcomes in DC (Washington, DC) In 2012, youth in the District of Columbia spent more than 10,000 days - the equivalent of 27 years - in adult jail under a statute…
Holder Speaks Out Against Solitary Confinement of Mentally Ill Youths
5/16/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Gary Gately
U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. condemned “excessive” use of solitary confinement of children with mental illness in juvenile facilities. “At a minimum, we must work to…
Why Are Kids Being Tried in Kangaroo Courts?
5/16/2014, Rolling Stone
By Molly Knefel
Of all the constitutional rights afforded to Americans, the right to counsel is one of the most well known. In movies and TV shows, cops recite Miranda rights immediately upon arresting anyone,…
NCCD Policy Brief: Supervision Strategies for Justice-Involved Youth
5/16/2014, National Council on Crime and Delinquency
A new policy brief from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, one of the nations’ oldest criminal justice think tanks, reports on efforts to improve probation and parole supervision…
Closing a loophole that keeps kids locked up
5/12/2014, The Hill
By Vidhya Ananthakrishnan
Skipping school, running away from home, violating curfew. These are the “crimes” that incarcerate thousands of children every year in the United States. The juvenile justice system…
New RFK White Paper: From Conversation to Collaboration - How Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Agencies Can Work Together to Improve Outcomes for Dual Status Youth
5/9/2014, RFK National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice
By Staff
Dual status youth cross the agency lines of the juvenile justice and child welfare systems, yet the agencies do not always communicate or collaborate on plans to serve the youth. Research and…
Juvenile injustice: truants face courts, jailing without legal counsel to aid them
5/9/2014, Center for Public Integrity
By Susan Ferriss
Tennessee court procedures highlight national debate over minor offenders' rights "Since late last year, the Center for Public Integrity has been reviewing previously sealed documents that suggest a…
MHJJCC Resource Center Announces Updated Judges' Guide
5/9/2014, Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change
By Staff
The Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change announces the availability of the second edition of the Judges' Guide to Juvenile Mental Health Jargon: A Quick Reference for Juvenile…
Juvenile Justice Diversion for Tribal Youth
5/7/2014, NCMHJJ
By Staff
Through the support of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, four federally recognized tribes will have an opportunity…
An Opportunity to Remake Juvenile Justice
5/7/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
It is the legislative season in Illinois and around the country, and that means advocates spend lots of time trying to improve the juvenile justice system and trying to defeat bills that would hinder…
Youth Radio investigates the true costs of court involvement
5/3/2014, Marketplace
By Youth Radio
Youth Radio investigates the true costs of court involvement, with infographic that walks through the cost of court involvement, highlighting fees for everything from a public defender to the per…
CJJ Announces New Resources on Status Offense Reforms
5/2/2014, Coalition for Juvenile Justice
By Staff
Over the last few months, CJJ has released several publications related to status offenses (conduct that would not be a crime if committed by an adult, e.g. truancy, running away, violating curfew…
Producer Scott Budnick On Changing Lanes And Juvenile Justice
4/30/2014, NBC News
By Maria Shriver
As a Hollywood movie producer, Scott Budnick has had the kind of career film students sit in class and dream about. He worked his way up through the Hollywood ranks from lowly casting assistant to…
Officials aim to tweak juvenile justice, help troubled teens
4/29/2014, Lincoln Journal Star
By Jonathan Edwards
Teens tumbling through the welfare system often don’t get as fair a shake in court as those who have support at home and school, and that can throw them deeper into trouble, criminal justice…
OP-ED: Federal Juvenile Justice Regs: What’s the Holdup?
4/29/2014, Chronicle of Social Change
By Liz Ryan
Last December, before a packed room full of MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change conference participants, the Obama Administration’s top Department of Justice appointee on youth…
Redeploy Illinois savings surpass $60 million by diverting more than 1,000 youth from prison
4/28/2014
By Illinois Models for Change
Counties reduce juvenile prison commitments by 54 percent CHICAGO – A successful juvenile prison diversion program in Illinois has helped more than 1,232 youth receive rehabilitative services…
LTE: Stop the school-to-prison pipeline
4/28/2014, The Post and Courier
By Letter to the Editor
David Slade's article on juvenile detention ("Juvenile Justice System Fails to Educate," April 16) exposes the shortcomings of our juvenile detention centers in our state. Instead of faulting the…
LTE: Stop the school-to-prison pipeline
4/28/2014, The Post and Courier
By Letter to the Editor
David Slade's article on juvenile detention ("Juvenile Justice System Fails to Educate," April 16) exposes the shortcomings of our juvenile detention centers in our state. Instead of faulting the…
In Latest Reform, Kentucky Softens Approach to Juvenile Offenders
4/25/2014, Frontline/PBS
By Sarah Childress
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D) today plans to sign into law a package of reforms to the state’s juvenile justice program on Friday, the latest step in Kentucky’s effort to overhaul its…
Letter to the Editor: The Importance of Education for Troubled Youths
4/23/2014, The New York Times
By Marc Schindler
Marc Schindler, executive director of the Justice Policy Institute, responds to The New York Times editorial, "The Next Juvenile Justice Reform," (April 20, 2014). To the Editor: Your editorial…
New Illinois Research Confirms 30-Year Trend of Poor Outcomes and Nearly Exclusive Impact on Minority Youth from Automatic Transfer to Adult Court
4/22/2014, Juvenile Justice Initiative
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 22, 2014 Contact: Elizabeth Clarke 847-894-4206 New Research Confirms 30-Year Trend of Poor Outcomes and Nearly Exclusive Impact on Minority Youth from Automatic…
Study: Minority Kids Hit Hardest By Illinois Law
4/22/2014, Associated Press
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – A 32-year-old Illinois law that requires juveniles accused of the most serious crimes to be charged as adults may be discriminatory, prevents judges from exercising…
Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change Announces Suicide Prevention Resources, Month-Long Suicide Prevention Campaign
4/21/2014, Collaborative for Change
The Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change (Collaborative for Change) announces the addition of "Preventing Suicide Among Justice-Involved Youth" to its on-line resources.…
Op-ed: Connecticut’s leadership on juvenile justice in jeopardy
4/21/2014, The Connecticut Mirror
By Sarah Bryer
What in the world is going on in Connecticut? For a number of years now, the state has been a national leader in juvenile justice policy, but all of a sudden, it’s in danger of losing its…
The Next Juvenile Justice Reform
4/20/2014, The New York Times
By Editorial Board
Research has long shown that locking up young people puts them at greater risk of dropping out of school, joining the unemployment line and becoming permanently entangled in the criminal justice…
"No Child is Born Bad," CFSY youth justice advocate Xavier McElrath-Bey says in Northwestern TEDx talk
4/19/2014, Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth
A powerful and moving TEDx Northwestern U talk by Xavier McElrath-Bey, who went to prison at 13 after he was involved in a gang-related murder. He joins the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth…
Why can't we do more for victims of crime?
4/17/2014, The Los Angeles Times
By Editorial Board
Thirty years ago, Congress passed the Victims of Crime Act, which directed money from fines and fees paid by criminal offenders to programs designed to help their victims. Since then several billion…
Trafficked and Exploited Girls Need Help, Not Incarceration
4/17/2014, Status Offense Reform Center
By Malika Saada Saar, Guest Blogger
A few years ago, I met a young girl, “Denise,” who told me that her uncle had repeatedly raped her since she was 8. To stop the endless abuse, Denise said, she deliberately got pregnant…
Teens Who Expect to Die Young are More Likely to Commit Crime
4/17/2014, The Washington Post
By Emily Badger
The Pathways to Desistance longitudinal study followed more than 1,000 juvenile offenders in Phoenix and Philadelphia, tracking them as they left their teen years, as they grew either out of the…
Burns Institute Announces Interactive Maps Showing Disparities in Juvenile Justice
4/15/2014, W. Haywood Burns Institute
A new interactive map, Unbalanced Juvenile Justice, provides powerful graphics and data about racial and ethnic disparities in states and counties. With the ability to customize searches, compare…
New Whitepaper on Juvenile Defense Attorneys: A Critical Protection Against Injustice
4/15/2014, National Juvenile Defender Center
By Staff
Stakes are high when youth come into contact with the juvenile justice system. When a child’s liberty and freedom are at risk, meaningful access to legal advice and the counsel of a juvenile…
For Juvenile Justice, Let the Past Inform the Future
4/14/2014, The Chronicle of Social Change
By Robin Jenkins
It has become more apparent to me that the future of juvenile justice reform may rest in some of the lessons learned in the past, combined with substantial evolving research that has positively…
OP-ED: It’s Time to Abolish Automatic Transfer
4/9/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By John Maki, Executive Director of the John Howard Association of Illinois
In Illinois’ statehouse, legislators are debating a proposal that would give judges the power to determine whether kids should be tried in juvenile or criminal court, regardless of the crime…
OP-ED: Children Deserve Our Honesty and Compassion
4/8/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Staff
We shouldn’t ignore their [young people’s] cries for attention, or vilify adolescence. We should encourage strengths, stimulate minds, and attempt to understand adolescent behavior so…
NJJN Report: A House Divided No More: Common Cause for Juvenile Justice Advocates, Victim Advocates, and Communities
4/8/2014, National Juvenile Justice Network
By Staff
A new report from the National Juvenile Justice Network dispels some of the misconceptions about youthful “offenders” and “victims,” and argues for more holistic approaches…
LGBTQ Youths Detained for Status Offenses Twice as Often as Others
4/7/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Gary Gately
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth are twice as likely as other youngsters to be detained in a juvenile detention facility for status offenses, experts said. The…
OP-ED: For a Kid of Color, Unavoidable Contact With the Cops
4/7/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Alton Pitre
My first encounter with the police happened during my sophomore year in high school. I was leaving a childhood friend’s apartment with another friend when suddenly two Community Reform Against…
NCCD New Reports: Youth Incarceration Is Down, But Not for Youth of Color
4/7/2014
By National Council on Crime and Delinquency
The National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) released the first two reports in a new series on the dramatic reduction of youth incarceration rates in most US states. The latest data from the…
When Youth Violence Spurred ‘Superpredator’ Fear
4/6/2014, The New York Times
By Clyde Haberman
After a surge of teen violence in the early 1990s, some social scientists predicted the future was going to be a whole lot worse. Reality proved otherwise. That fear, verging on panic, is the…
OP-ED: Teens and the Sex Offender Registry, No Good Outcomes for Anyone
4/2/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
Last week, I hailed a taxi in Washington, D C, and asked the driver to take me to the Keck Building for a meeting with a committee of the National Research Council. The cabby recognized the address…
Mayor Emanuel backs bill to expunge juvenile arrest records
3/31/2014, Chicago Sun-Times
By Frank Main
CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel is pushing legislation to expunge certain juvenile arrest records automatically — and remove a major hurdle for people to qualify for jobs, according to…
OP-ED: Juvenile Probation – Time to Take a Hard Look at What We Are Doing
3/26/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By John Tuell
Our nation’s array of probation and juvenile services departments in some way touch the lives of almost every youth having contact with the juvenile justice system. These departments are…
Keeping juveniles on sex-offender registry doesn’t make sense
3/26/2014, Chicago Sun-Times
By Mark Brown
The Illinois Sex Offender Registry includes the names of more than 2,500 individuals who were found guilty of a sex offense as a juvenile — 70 percent of them required to carry the label for…
JJIE.org Releases New Juvenile Justice Digital Magazine
3/26/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Staff
In 10 articles, the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange’s (JJIE.org) new digital magazine explores many of the key issues that come to play in youth justice, including mental health,…
Illinois Commission recommends removing juvenile offenders from sex registries, bolstering treatment
3/25/2014, Associated Press
By John O'Connor
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — Requiring juveniles to register as sex offenders impairs rehabilitation efforts for a crime that very few of them ever commit again, a study released Tuesday says.
Illinois’ First Comprehensive Study of Youth Who Have Sexually Offended Finds They Are Highly Amenable to Treatment and Unlikely to Reoffend
3/25/2014, Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission
Recommendations: Illinois should implement evidence-informed policies for professionals who work with victims and youth offenders; provide individualized, community-based, family-focused treatments…
Study: Illinois Far Behind, Too Harsh With Juvenile Sex Offenders on Registry, Discipline
3/25/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Lily Oberman, The Chicago Bureau
CHICAGO - The Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission released their report on juvenile sex offenders and registration practices Tuesday, with a leading author calling the current rules and regulations…
Five Offenses Can Land Kids (But Not Adults) In Jail
3/24/2014, Rolling Stone
By Molly Knefel
Truancy, running away from home, and 'incorrigibility' can lead to kids getting locked up "Supporters of the U.S. criminal justice system often justify locking people up in jails and prisons by…
While still allowing status offenders to be detained, juvenile justice reforms clear full Senate 31-7
3/20/2014, Pure Politics/Time Warner Cable
By Nick Storm
It doesn’t go as far as some of its architects initially wanted, but a series of reforms to Kentucky’s juvenile justice system cleared the Senate Thursday by a 31-7 vote. A task force…
Kids Doing Time for What's Not a Crime: The Over-Incarceration of Status Offenders
3/18/2014, Texas Public Policy Foundation
By Report by Marc Levin and Derek Cohen
Check out this timeline outlining the history of the confinement status offenders. A new report from the Texas Public Policy Foundation offers an overview of the nation’s use of confinement…
Lessons from "Kids for Cash," Part 5: Disruptions in Education Disrupt Lives
3/12/2014, Juvenile Law Center
By Blog
Kids for Cash, the movie The notorious juvenile court judge Mark Ciavarella regularly spoke at Luzerne County schools, telling students that he would lock them up for school-based misbehavior.…
Laurence Steinberg responds to Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper:" More systemic reforms needed
3/12/2014
By MfC Staff
If the President's initiative is to be successful, transformations are needed in social institutions such as the justice system. Laurence Steinberg supports interventions to improve life chances…
Justice system is failing young black men
3/11/2014, CNN Opinion
By Laurence Steinberg
Last month, President Obama announced a new initiative, My Brother's Keeper, which aims to improve the life chances of young black men. It's an important effort designed to help one of American…
More Harm Than Good: In Support of Eliminating the Use of Secure Confinement for Non-Delinquent Youth
3/11/2014, National Council on Crime and Delinquency Blog
By Marie N. Williams, JD, Coalition for Juvenile Justice Executive Director
Coalition for Juvenile Justice executive director Marie Williams makes the case for the elimination of the use of secure confinement for status offenders: "Research tells us that locked confinement…
After Decades of Spending, Youth of Color Still Overrepresented in System
3/7/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By MfC Staff
National Youth Screening & Assessment Project, with help from the National Juvenile Defender Center After 20 years and millions of dollars from OJJDP, youth of color are still overrepresented…
End solitary confinement for juveniles
3/5/2014, Chicago Sun-Times
By Elizabeth Clarke and John Maki
Prisoners in isolation often are confined to small cells without windows, with little or no access to the outside world or adequate treatment programs. Such extreme isolation can have serious…
OP-ED: You can’t Talk About Justice Without Talking About Race
3/5/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
Attempts at reducing disproportionate minority contact (DMC) and disparate treatment of racial and ethnic youth in the justice systems of our country have not made much progress. Advocates,…
Op Ed: Fund Alternatives Instead Of Locking Up More Kids
3/3/2014, The Hartford Courant
By Abby Anderson
Connecticut's juvenile justice reforms have reduced crime and saved money. I regularly field inquiries from other states where people want to emulate our progress. One state seems bent on…
N.Y., N.C. consider changes to juvenile justice laws
3/1/2014, USA Today
By Yamiche Alcindor
[Advocates] efforts are part of a national movement to make New York and North Carolina treat 16- and 17-year-olds as juveniles rather than adults in the criminal justice system. The two states are…
Chicago Public Schools: Expulsion rate higher at charter schools
2/26/2014, Chicago Tribune
As it continues to modify strict disciplinary policies in an effort to keep students in the classroom, Chicago Public Schools on Tuesday released data showing privately run charter schools expel…
Advocates contend that MI bills leave too much room for extreme and even unconstitutional sentencing
2/5/2014, National Juvenile Justice Network
By Staff
In the wake of Miller v. Alabama, the U.S. Supreme Court case that found mandatory sentences of life without the possibility of parole to be unconstitutional for youth under age 18, many states have…
OP-ED: The Importance of Jobs Programs for Youth Re-Entry
2/5/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
As the nation’s perception of the juvenile justice system has evolved steadily over the last 20 years, states across the country have acted on many lessons learned from research and experience…
Illinois Riddled With Issues of Juvenile Access to Counsel, Fair Representation
2/5/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Suyeon Son
In 2007, Northwestern University Law School’s Children and Family Justice Center and the National Juvenile Defender Center collaborated to identify key issues in Illinois with juvenile access…
Parole hearings for juvenile lifers in Michigan will have to wait
2/4/2014, Detroit Free Press
By Kathleen Gray
LANSING — The 350 or so Michigan inmates who were convicted of crimes carrying a mandatory life sentence without parole when they were juveniles will have to wait for clarification from the…
Governor Quinn Names Candice Jones as Director of Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice
1/31/2014, Illinois Office of the Governor
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today appointed Candice Jones as the director of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ). Jones has most recently served as Associate Director of the…
Many say moving juveniles to adult court a mistake
1/30/2014, ABC News
By Isaac Wolf
Nine thousand times a year, U.S. judges move juvenile suspects into criminal court, opening the door to a stay in adult jail. While judges say these transfers are meant for youths suspected of the…
Professor: No justice for juvenile suspects, and the system needs changes
1/29/2014, Contra Costa Times
By Lou Fancher
MORAGA -- Photographer and activist Richard Ross has a blunt assessment of America's juvenile justice system. He emphatically proclaims that if there is one network in this country that demands…
Jetson youth center closure shrouded in secrecy
1/27/2014, The Advocate
By Ryan Broussard
In a surprise move Sunday, the state Office of Juvenile Justice closed Jetson, a 65-year-old state juvenile prison in Baker, and secretly spirited its 76 inmates to other facilities between midnight…
Tribal juvenile justice outdated
1/25/2014, The Durango Herald
By Jim Trotter
A 1938 law sweeps Native American and Alaska Native youths into the federal criminal justice system when they commit anything beyond misdemeanor crimes. Although Native Americans make up little more…
Quinn appoints new director of DCFS
1/24/2014, The Chicago Tribune
By Christy Gutowski and Monique Garcia
A veteran of Illinois' child welfare agency who left three years ago to lead the state's juvenile justice efforts is coming back home. Gov. Pat Quinn said Friday that he has named Arthur Bishop as…
Casey’s Lubow Retiring after 22 Years Leading Juvenile Justice Reform
1/24/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Gary Gately
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Bart Lubow, the architect of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s widely acclaimed Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI), will retire June 30 after 22 years leading…
Focus on Behavioral Health is Key to Successful Local Juvenile Justice Diversion Programs
1/21/2014, National League of Cities
By Laura Furr
Due to the increased spotlight on recidivism and a growing consensus that children involved in juvenile court are at risk of worse life outcomes, many states and cities are investigating ways to…
How to end the senseless cycle of school suspensions and expulsions
1/20/2014, Seattle Times
By Linda Mangel
WE’VE all heard the saying: The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result. Unfortunately, this approach has guided discipline policies in most…
When Children Become Criminals
1/19/2014, The New York Times
By Editorial board
New York is one of two states, the other being North Carolina, in which 16-year-olds are automatically tried as adults. This is the case despite overwhelming evidence that sending children into adult…
Juveniles Facing Lifelong Terms Despite Rulings
1/19/2014, The New York Times
By Erik Eckholm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — In decisions widely hailed as milestones, the United States Supreme Court in 2010 and 2012 acted to curtail the use of mandatory life sentences for juveniles, accepting the…
Voices from the 2013 Models for Change Conference
1/17/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Staff
Exclusive interviews with some of the biggest names in juvenile justice reform, taken at the 2013 MacArthur Models for Change Conference.
Federal Grant Funding for State Juvenile Programs Cut
1/17/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Gary Gately
Juvenile offenders and their parents in California signed contracts agreeing to school attendance, curfews, drug testing and counseling – and the agreements prevented the youths from being…
Collaboration Seeks to Divert Kids from Juvenile Justice System
1/17/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Gary Gately
A pilot program in Wayne County, Mich., provides police training on how to recognize and respond to mental health and substance abuse problems with youth and to refer them to community-based programs…
A Q&A With Mariame Kaba: Can the U.S. Snap School-to-Prison Pipeline with New Rules?
1/16/2014, The Chicago Bureau
Mariame Kaba is the founding director of Project NIA, a Chicago-based nonprofit that supports youth involved in the criminal justice system with a mission to eradicate the incarceration of minors.…
OP-ED: ‘Those Kinds of Kids’: Meeting the Needs of LGBTQ Youth of Color Charged with Status Offenses
1/16/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Bernadette Brown
LGBTQ young people are twice as likely to be detained for status offenses as straight youth. Sadly, the lack of culturally relevant services and possible racial discrimination, combined with her…
Expunge.io Website Helps Teens Move Past Their Juvenile Arrests
1/15/2014, DNAinfo Chicago
By Darryl Holliday
CHICAGO — Thousands of teens are arrested each year, but relatively few take advantage of a little-known legal process that can help them transition into adulthood after juvenile court.
Georgia Reform Council Recommends Further Changes After Juvenile Code Rewrite
1/14/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By James Swift
Georgia’s juvenile justice system has undergone numerous sweeping changes to begin the new year. With a new law (HB 242) taking effect earlier this month, a just released Georgia Council on…
Funneling Children into the Adult Criminal Justice System
1/13/2014, Atlanta Daily World
By Marian Wright Edelman
Children are not little adults. Adolescents are not the same as adults. We’ve known this for years. The research showing that their brains are still developing is clear. Although young people…
'Two Spirits' helps gay youths in juvenile detention
1/13/2014, Statesman Journal
By Hannah Hoffman
The Two Spirits group helps incarcerated lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youths. The program is the only one of its kind in Oregon and possibly in the United States. It has developed into a…
SAMHSA, MacArthur Renew Commitment to Justice-Involved Youth with Behavioral Health Needs
1/13/2014, MacArthur Foundation
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and MacArthur are collaborating on an effort targeting the behavioral health needs of youth in contact with the juvenile justice…
Balanced approach long overdue
1/10/2014, Brattleboro Reformer
By Editorial
Zero tolerance has been a common mantra in our nation's schools ever since the Columbine shooting nearly 15 years ago. School administrators adhere to this strict discipline approach to keep…
Juvenile justice reform drive includes Missouri
1/9/2014, The Kansas City Star
By Mark Morris
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Recent Supreme Court rulings finding that juveniles are less culpable for crimes than their adult counterparts are resonating in state capitals across the country, Jefferson…
Prosecutor supports recent change in juvenile law
1/9/2014, State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
By Chris Dettro
The new state law that classifies 17-year-olds charged with some felonies as juveniles rather than adults won’t have much effect on the Sangamon County justice system.
Illinois Takes Huge Step in Juvenile Justice Reform
1/9/2014, The Huffington Post
By Angela Caputo
Chicago police began turning 17-year-olds over to the juvenile courts last week, under a new Illinois law that sets the bar for felony prosecution at 18. A little more than a year ago, The Chicago…
Administration Urges Restraint in Using Arrest or Expulsion to Discipline Students
1/8/2014, The New York Times
By Motoko Rich
The Obama administration issued guidelines on Wednesday that recommended public school officials use law enforcement only as a last resort for disciplining students, a response to a rise in…
Trauma and Triumph in Family Court
1/8/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
This is a story of complex family relations and problems and one that exemplifies the challenges, as well as the benefits, of engaging families in changing juvenile behaviors... While this family's…
Federal guidelines address discipline in nation’s schools
1/7/2014, The Washington Post
By Donna St. George
Federal officials Wednesday released guidelines intended to help the nation’s schools create discipline policies that would keep more students in class, avoid unnecessary out-of-school…
Zero Tolerance, Reconsidered
1/5/2014, The New York Times
By Editorial Board
Schools across the country are rethinking “zero tolerance” discipline policies under which children have been suspended, even arrested, for minor offenses like cursing, getting into…
Zero-Tolerance Policies May Make Schools More Unsafe, Report Finds
1/3/2014, The Huffington Post
By Rebecca Klein
Zero-tolerance policies in schools may have zero point. That's the conclusion of a recent report from the Vera Institute of Justice, a nonprofit center that studies justice policy. The report,…
Zero-tolerance school discipline policies not increasing safety, new report argues
1/2/2014, Michigan Live
By Brian Smith
LANSING -- A quarter-century after the rise of zero-tolerance school discipline policies, new research indicates the crackdown on misbehavior in schools has not increased school safety. The Vera…
17-Year-Olds Accused of Felonies to be Treated as Juveniles
12/31/2013, DNAinfo.com
By Erin Meyer
COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — The New Year will bring new chances for young people charged with felonies in Illinois.
LookBack: Local Juvenile Justice Reformer Awarded as “Gutsy Youth Advocate of the Year”
12/27/2013, The Chicago Bureau
By La Risa Lynch
Reviewing the year, The Chicago Bureau, based at Northwestern University’s Medill School, didn’t have to look far for someone who stood out in the eyes of national groups for their work…
In Georgia, Getting Smart on Juvenile Crime
12/27/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By John Lash
ATHENS-- There are a dozen or so people around the large table. Men and women from the police department, Department of Juvenile Justice, Department of Family and Children Services, the school…
State Has Wised Up On Juvenile Justice
12/26/2013, The Hartford Currant
By Editorial
Fifteen years ago, Connecticut routinely locked up hundreds of youths each year, often for minor offenses or violations, in dangerous, overcrowded detention centers. This was one of three states…
Some juveniles will get new start
12/24/2013, Southern Illinoisan
By Nick Mariano
The new year might represent a fresh start for many, but for some juveniles in six Southern Illinois counties, Jan. 1 could prove to be life altering.
Reforming juvenile justice
12/22/2013, The Frederick News-Post
By Staff
It’s hard to imagine what life inside an adult jail must be like for a teenager. Bleak, dark, terrifying are some of the things that come to mind. Even for adults, jail can be a dehumanizing…
Penn State Student Overcomes ‘Juvenile Delinquent’ Label to Earn Degree
12/20/2013, Centre County Gazette
By Staff
When Scott Earnest, of Lewistown, picks up his diploma Dec. 21 during Penn State’s fall commencement ceremonies, he will be defying expectations after a troubled history in the juvenile…
Illinois Youth Charged with Felonies at Age 17 to be Tried in Juvenile Court
12/19/2013, Juvenile Justice Initiative
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Nora Collins-Mandeville (224) 234.6633 ILLINOIS YOUTH CHARGED WITH FELONIES AT AGE 17 TO BE TRIED IN JUVENILE COURT Age Change Will…
Illinois Youth Charged with Felonies at Age 17 to be Tried in Juvenile Court
12/19/2013, Juvenile Justice Initiative
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Nora Collins-Mandeville (224) 234.6633 ILLINOIS YOUTH CHARGED WITH FELONIES AT AGE 17 TO BE TRIED IN JUVENILE COURT Age Change Will…
Champion for Change: Sarah Cusworth Walker
12/16/2013, Models for Change
By Next Generation
Deep Respect for Cultural Values University of Washington, Seattle, WA Read the complete 2013 Champions for Change program. Juvenile justice leaders frequently talk about the individual…
Champion for Change: Denna McGrew
12/16/2013, Models for Change
By Local Leadership
Assertiveness and Grace Children’s Coalition of Northeast Louisiana, Monroe, Louisiana Read the complete 2013 Champions for Change program. Denna McGrew is an advocate at the…
Champion for Change: Senator Karen E. Spilka
12/16/2013, Models for Change
By State Leadership
Building Consensus to Better Kids’ Lives Senator, Majority Whip, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Read the complete 2013 Champions for Change program. State Senator Karen Spilka is quick…
Champions for Change: Action Networks
12/16/2013, Models for Change
By Action Networks
Models for Change recognizes the effective and collaborative work of ourAction Networks: Juvenile Indigent Defense Action Network – National Juvenile Defender Center Mental Health and…
Spilka given award for work in juvenile justice reform
12/13/2013, The Metro West Daily News
By Staff
Sen. Karen Spilka has been named a Champion for Change by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s “Models for Change” program for her work in juvenile justice…
Center Aims to Keep Status Offenders Out of Courts
12/13/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Gary Gately
In Florida, a statewide network of nonprofits working seven days a week, 24 hours a day provides community-based help for families of teens in crisis. In Clark County in Washington state, students…
Screenings and Resources, and Apps, Oh My!
12/12/2013
By Zerline Hughes
The countdown is on for the 8th Annual Models for Change National Working Conference. The agenda this year is chock-full of workshops, a film screening of “Kids for Cash,” and meetings…
OP-ED: U.S. Must Increase Juvenile Justice Protections for Children
12/9/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Elizabeth Clarke
Chicago, my hometown, was the home of the world’s first juvenile court. We are very proud of our history in the pioneering of a separate and more rehabilitative court for children in the United…
Champions for Change: Core State Coordinators
12/8/2013, Models for Change
By Core States
Models for Change honors the dedicated work of the Core State Coordinators: Pennsylvania Models for Change – Juvenile Law Center Illinois Models for Change – Civitas ChildLaw Center…
OP-ED: Holidays in the Juvenile Justice System
12/4/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
My wife, Mary Jo, and I were snowbound in Michigan while working on a building project so we lost Thanksgiving with our families in southern Illinois. Missing a holiday with the dozens of brothers,…
Seeing the toll, schools revise zero tolerance
12/2/2013, New York Times
By Lizette Alvarez
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Faced with mounting evidence that get-tough policies in schools are leading to arrest records, low academic achievement and high dropout rates that especially affect…
Film Review: Kids for Cash
12/2/2013, Variety
By Ronnie Scheib
Robert May's deeply shocking, continually surprising documentary examines the kickback scandal surrounding juvenile court judge Mark Ciavarella.
Justice Anne Burke Calls for Changing How Courts Punish Kids With Guns
11/26/2013, DNAinfo.com
By Mark Konkol
CHICAGO -- The story of Rodnell Dennis — an all-too-real tale of how a Chicago kid became a teenage killer — got an influential Illinois judge thinking about how juvenile courts can fail…
Michelle Obama honors Chicago Storycatchers Theatre actors
11/22/2013, WLS-TV Chicago
By Leah Hope
CHICAGO -- Some young actors in Chicago received a well-deserved pat on the back from the nation's First Lady on Friday.
What Happens when teen's punishment doesn't fit crime?
11/21/2013, Fox News, Philadelphia
By Jeff Cole
PHILADELPHIA - Earlier this week, we showed you video of a brutal girl fight at a local high school. While we don't yet know what will become of the teens involved, we do know with every incident…
Officials investigating juvenile court system
11/19/2013, Columbia Daily Tribune
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating St. Louis County Family Court's compliance with federal civil rights laws and whether its juvenile court system engages in a…
To understand juvenile detention, listen to the kids inside
11/15/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By John Lash
Research shows a direct link between the quality of a youth’s experience in detention and their continued involvement in the system and likelihood to commit new offenses. “Youths…
Sparing children from life in prison without parole
11/15/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Gary Gately
WASHINGTON – Jason Baldwin hopes to spare others from growing up, growing old – and dying – in prison. Baldwin, who was sentenced to life without parole at 16 for a crime he did not…
Should 17-year-old criminal offenders go back to juvenile court?
11/14/2013, Greenbay Press Gazette
By Andy Thompson
In Wisconsin, 17-year-olds are prohibited from voting, drinking alcohol or buying cigarettes. But if they break the law, they’re treated as adults. It’s been that way since 1996, but a…
Racial disparities in juvenile justice system addressed
11/14/2013, The Middletown Press
By Alex Gecan
MIDDLETOWN To illustrate the stark racial disparities in the state’s juvenile justice system, think about this: While non-white kids make up 57 percent of the patients at Riverview Hospital, a…
Va. justice system headed for crisis
11/14/2013, Richmond Times-Dispatch
By Frank Green
Virginia’s justice system is too expensive, ineffective, unfair and headed for a crisis, according to a policy brief released Wednesday by the Justice Policy Institute. The institute's study…
Attorney General Eric Holder Calls on Congress to Pass Bipartisan Second Chance Act
11/14/2013
For Immediate Release Department of Justice, Office of Public Affairs WASHINGTON – Attorney General Eric Holder today endorsed the reauthorization of the Second Chance Act, bipartisan…
Schools that separate the child from the trauma
11/13/2013, The New York Times
By David Bornstein
Recently, I reported on the damaging effects that prolonged stress can have on young children who lack adequate protection from adults. Over the past 15 years, researchers have learned that highly…
Opinion: Race, kids, and a path to change
11/13/2013, The Connecticut Mirror
By Abby Anderson
People in juvenile justice sometimes say: “If only we could get rid of poverty and racism, our work would be done.” It’s a recognition that the root causes of the horrible problems…
Proposed reforms to juvenile representation stir concerns in Colorado
11/11/2013, The Denver Post
By Jordan Steffen and Kurtis Lee
Juveniles who do not meet with defense attorneys are often not advised of the long-term ramifications they may face if they plead guilty in an effort to quickly resolve their case, said Kim Dvorchak,…
Absurd decision: Pennsylvania justices err on the side of cruelty
11/8/2013, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
By Editorial page
The ancient wisdom that children are different from adults has also influenced ideas on the extent to which children should be held responsible for their actions. Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court…
Juvenile justice needs more community-based options
11/7/2013, Shreveport Times
By Peyton Cole
These children — OUR children — cannot keep falling through the cracks because of “staffing problems” or budgets. They are lives that can, and should, have a chance to have a…
Inside heads and cells of juvenile offenders: New Philly art exhibit showcases and helps youth
11/7/2013, Philly.com
By Alex Wigglesworth
What was originally conceived as a locally-staged art exhibition highlighting the need for reforms to the nation's juvenile justice system has snowballed into something much more. At nonprofit arts…
Incarceration is Only One Piece of a Rational, Effective Juvenile Justice System
11/6/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By George Timberlake, Ret.
A visitor from another planet – or even another country – who reviewed the juvenile justice system in most states, might conclude that we are committed to continuing crime through our…
Meet the new faces of LGBT juvenile corrections
11/6/2013, The Washington Blade
By Thom Senzee
Lorie Brisbin, a program specialist with the Department of Justice, said many LGBT juveniles in custody are there for survival crimes. LGBT youth have enough trouble adjusting to life in what is…
Juvenile justice minus politics
11/5/2013, Shreveport Times
By Mike Hasten
One normally wouldn’t think that administering justice, especially for juveniles, would be impacted by politics. But political decisions, like cutting taxes and shuffling funds among different…
Give more teens second chances in juvenile court
11/5/2013, Janesville Gazette
By Editorial
Wisconsin should give 17-year-old nonviolent first-time offenders a break. Instead of sending them to adult court and risking higher levels of recidivism, the state should pass Senate Bill 308 and…
JJDPA: Setting National Standards for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System
11/4/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Shaena Fazal
Almost 40 years ago, Congress enacted the Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA), the bedrock federal juvenile justice law that sets national standards for youth in the system. The law…
Juvenile justice making advances, still has problems
11/3/2013, The News Star
By Mike Hasten
BATON ROUGE — Louisiana is making significant strides in reducing the number of young offenders being locked up in juvenile jails but it doesn’t make the facilities safer. And, according…
Experts offer solutions for juvenile justice system
11/2/2013, The Des Moines Register
Models for Change expertise on reforming Iowa's juvenile justice system. Read quotes from Laurence Steinberg, psychology professor at Temple University, and Melissa Sickmund, director of the National…
Trying youth as adults can harm society
10/30/2013, The Advertiser
By Jesscia Sandoval
Over the past several years, we have witnessed a steady stream of research demonstrating that the practice of trying and sentencing children in adult court does not reduce crime; in fact, it does…
Juvenile justice system has serious flaws
10/30/2013, The Advertiser
By Gina Womack
In the editorial, “Some juveniles should be tried as adults,” published last week, there were some oversights that should be taken into consideration. The editorial, published on Oct.…
New coalition to focus on juvenile justice in Jacksonville
10/29/2013, The Florida Times-Union
By Topher Sanders
More than two dozen Northeast Florida elected officials, churches, advocacy groups and policy organizations are joining forces to put a stop to the criminalization of first-time juvenile offenders…
Achieving Better Outcomes for Youth of Color Through JJDPA
10/29/2013, Spark Action
By Anna Wong
Addressing disproportionate minority contact (DMC) is one of the four core requirements of the Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention Act (JJDPA), which says: “States are required to…
Union County receives $200,000 juvenile justice grant
10/28/2013, The Southern Illinoisan
Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds recently announced that Union County received a $200,000 juvenile justice grant from the Illinois Department of Human Services to establish a…
A Bid to Keep Youths Out of Adult Prisons
10/28/2013, The New York Times
By John Schwartz
DENVER — James Stewart died alone. The 17-year-old from Denver had committed a terrible act: while driving drunk, he slammed into another vehicle head on and killed its driver. Initially placed…
Do We Invest in Preschools or Prisons?
10/26/2013, The New York Times
By Nicholas D. Kristof
CONGRESS is often compared to pre-K, which seems defamatory of small children. But the similarities also offer hope, because an initiative that should be on the top of the national agenda has less to…
Survey of Police Chiefs Yields Distressing Responses Regarding Juvenile Justice
10/24/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By James Swift
A new report released by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) takes a look at law enforcement perspectives on young offenders and juvenile justice system collaboration. Nearly…
Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice Director Arthur Bishop Issues Statement on Report Commissioned to Help Reduce and Prevent Sexual Victimization of Youth at Illinois Youth Centers
10/23/2013, Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice
SPRINGFIELD, IL — The Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ)’s Director Arthur Bishop today issued a statement on a report commissioned by IDJJ, conducted by Kinsale Management…
Ohio is a leader in smart reforms for juvenile justice
10/21/2013, Columbus Dispatch
By Evelyn Lundberg
When I was a justice on the Ohio Supreme Court, and now as I visit other states working on juvenile-justice reforms in my new capacity as an advocate, once again I find great reason to be proud of…
Juvenile justice reform pays, in dollars and sense
10/16/2013, Ledger-Enquirer
We have written in this forum already about the importance of Georgia's review of its juvenile justice system, part of the overall revision of criminal justice and sentencing laws as proposed by Gov.…
‘Raise the Age’ advocates tout new report on juvenile justice
10/16/2013, News Observer
By Mary Cornatzer
The NC Insider is reporting that advocates for raising the age at which North Carolinians are tried in adult courts are touting a new national study that notes that 48 other states have enacted…
Florida struggles to craft juvenile sentencing policy
10/16/2013, CBS Miami
TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) — As state legislators have tried and failed to craft a juvenile-sentencing law that conforms to landmark U.S. Supreme Court rulings, a national advocacy group is…
Children, even teenagers, don’t belong in adult jails
10/15/2013, The Washington Post
By Editorial page
WHAT DO you do with children suspected or convicted of committing very adult crimes? The answer isn’t easy, particularly when violence is involved. One thing that’s clear, though:…
Advocates urge juvenile justice improvements
10/14/2013, Daily Local News
By Bill Rettew
COATESVILLE — In recognition of National Youth Awareness Month, community leaders, former youth offenders and the public discussed ways to reduce the number of juveniles sentenced to adult…
Improving the court’s response to status offenders
10/14/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Judge Michael Nash
We are now approaching the last quarter of 2013 and the subject of status offenders and what we should do with them or for them is still an active subject of discussion within the framework of our…
Improving the court’s response to status offenders
10/14/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Judge Michael Nash
We are now approaching the last quarter of 2013 and the subject of status offenders and what we should do with them or for them is still an active subject of discussion within the framework of our…
Few communities able to assist with youths in crisis
10/13/2013, Great Falls Tribune
By Briana Wipf
In May 2011, Ron Kemp had an already auspicious career in law enforcement behind him when he took a job he hoped would allow him to help in a new way — that of chief juvenile probation officer…
Louisiana lags in youth justice reforms
10/13/2013, The Advertiser
By Mike Hasten
Many young offenders serve time in adult prisons BATON ROUGE — As a state that has more of its citizens in prison than anywhere else in the world, Louisiana has not taken steps to stop…
Health, education resources key in juvenile justice
10/11/2013, The Times of Chester County
By Kyle Carrozza
Experts discuss ways to promote rehabilitation, avoid recidivism COATESVILLE – Especially in Pennsylvania, where more adults are serving life sentences for crimes committed as juveniles than…
Florida lawmakers consider juvenile justice
10/11/2013, Herald-Tribune
By Lloyd Dunkelberger
TALLAHASSEE One of Rep. Ray Pilon’s major tasks in the 2014 session will be reshaping Florida’s juvenile justice system. This week Pilon guided members of the House Criminal Justice…
A new national report shows almost half of the states are taking tangible steps to reform their youth criminal justice systems
10/10/2013, The Washington Times
By Jeffrey Anderson
A new national report shows almost half of the states are taking tangible steps to reform their youth criminal justice systems. The District is not among them. In the past eight years, some 40…
New documentary on Champion for Change Starcia Ague who overcame troubled youth to become inspirational advocate
10/10/2013
A new hour-long documentary “Starcia” features an in-depth look at the life of Starcia Ague, a remarkable woman who overcame a youth troubled by drugs, crime and involement in the…
State seeking major overhaul of juvenile justice system
10/10/2013, Orlando Sentinel
By Margie Menzel
TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice is proposing a major overhaul of its mission, emphasizing prevention while keeping the most dangerous offenders from committing more…
Nearly half of U.S. states enact juvenile justice reforms
10/9/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Gary Gately
WASHINGTON – Nearly half of U.S. states have made great strides in the past eight years toward reducing the prosecution of juveniles in the adult criminal justice system or preventing youths…
New Massachusetts law places 17-year-olds in juvenile courts
10/7/2013, The Berkshire Eagle
By Andrew Amelinckx, Berkshire Eagle Staff and Lisa Redmond, The Lowell Sun
Nearly every day, 17-year-olds from around Massachusetts end up in District Court after being arrested for disorderly conduct, trespassing, theft, illegal possession of alcohol or other minor crimes.…
Bies urges returning 17-year-olds to juvenile justice system
10/5/2013, Door County Advocate
A bipartisan group of legislators has introduced a bill that would return 17-year-olds to the juvenile justice system if they are first-time offenders charged with non-violent crimes. Wisconsin is…
Illinois needs smaller juvenile prison systems
10/2/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
Illinois received more evidence last week that incarcerating young people doesn’t rehabilitate them. Independent experts told a federal court that Illinois’ juvenile prison system…
Illinois Governor Quinn Pioneers Innovative Approach to Fund New Opportunities for At-Risk Youth
9/30/2013, Illinois Office of the Governor
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced the next step in developing a cutting-edge partnership between Illinois, community organizations and private investors to provide better…
In D.C., life after prison poses extra challenges for youths convicted as adults
9/28/2013, Washington Post
By Theresa Vargas
Released in February, Gary Durant is among hundreds of ex-offenders who return to the District each year with felonies on their records, looking to navigate a city that doesn’t resemble the one…
Effort aims to give teens a 'Second Chance'
9/28/2013, Leader-Telegram
By Andrew Dowd
Wisconsin attorneys are pushing to undo a law - enacted in the mid-1990s in reaction to a wave of juvenile crime - that puts 17-year-olds in the adult criminal justice system. The State Bar of…
Watchdog to judges: Stop putting kids with mental health needs in prison
9/27/2013, Chicago Public Radio
By Patrick Smith
A new report from the prison watchdog John Howard Association says mental health treatment in Illinois youth prisons is so bad that judges need to stop sending kids with mental health needs to…
Justice department pushes new thinking on kids and crime
9/26/2013, National Public Radio
By Carrie Johnson
The Justice Department, along with the Education Department, is working hard to stop what experts describe as a "school-to-prison pipeline." For a man who spent the bulk of his career as a public…
Nebraska Bar Association sees hope in reform of juvenile justice system
9/26/2013, McCook Daily Gazette
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Nebraska State Bar Association officials said they support changest to the state's juvenile justice system created by LB 561, passed in May. "The legislation changes the focus of…
Leaders in the Field Weigh in on the Effectiveness of Diversion Programming
9/25/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By James Swift
Community-based alternatives like My Friend’s House Family and Children’s Services Evening Diversion Program in the metro-Nashville area take a different approach to juvenile offender…
Kentucky commonwealth looking at juvenile justice reform
9/25/2013, WTVQ-DT/Lexington, KY ABC
By Ian Preston
Kentucky state lawmakers say they want to lower the number of juveniles that the State locks up every year. State Senator Whitney Westerfield says many of the state's juvenile inmates are in for…
Justice department awards $8 million to six communities to reduce youth violence
9/23/2013, OJJDP News Release
By OJJDP
On September 23, 2013, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) announced more than $8 million in Community-Based Violence Prevention program awards to six sites nationwide.…
New Mass. law puts 17-year-olds in juvenile court
9/18/2013, WBUR News, Boston NPR
BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick on Wednesday signed into law a bill placing 17-year-olds accused of crimes under the jurisdiction of the state’s juvenile courts. Currently in Massachusetts,…
A court just for juveniles in New York
9/16/2013, The New York Times
By The Editorial Board
Teenagers prosecuted in adult courts or who do time in adult jails fare worse in life and can go on to commit more violent crimes than those who are handled by the juvenile justice system.…
Juvenile incarceration in Louisiana drops 68 percent, study shows
9/15/2013, Monroe News Star
By Zack Southwell
A Pew Research study showed Louisiana joined 18 states that have seen at least a 50 percent decline in juvenile confinement. According to the study, juvenile incarceration declined 68 percent…
Celebrating the ‘My Kid Test’ and Patience in Chicago
9/11/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
When you bring a couple hundred good people together on a Friday in downtown Chicago, you can expect a party to break out. But if those people also happen to be juvenile justice policy wonks, the…
New TVW Documentary Chronicles Pardoned Youth Starcia Ague
9/5/2013
TVW will aired a special episode of its ongoing civics education series, Engaged: Students Becoming Citizens, about a juvenile offender who received a full and unconditional governor's pardon. The…
Konrad retiring from juvenile justice system
9/4/2013, The Advocate
By Chad Calder
Sitting in an office full of photos, books and awards that will need to be packed in boxes during the next two months, retiring Jefferson Parish Juvenile Court Judge Nancy Amato Konrad is quick to…
Much progress in Illinois and US to cut youth incarceration
8/30/2013, Elgin (IL) Courier-News
By Sarah Bryer, Director, National Juvenile Justice Network, and Elizabeth Clarke, President, Juvenile Justice Initiative
In state legislatures across the country, a new mentality on youth incarceration is emerging, dramatically reversing a troubling trend while also benefiting kids, saving taxpayer money and keeping…
Real juvenile justice reform needs more than just good ideas
8/23/2013, Youth Today
By John Lash
Real change takes more than just ideas, it requires sustained and supported implementation of those ideas, and a willingness to make course corrections based on new data. It also requires that the…
New Federal Act Seen as ‘First Step’ in Reducing Prison Rape, Especially Among Young
8/23/2013, The Chicago Bureau
By Susan Du
Earlier this week, prisons nationwide were expected to launch new staffing models, education programs, psychological screening exams and incident reporting mechanisms to address high incidences of…
Judge Linda Teodosio testifies to Congress
8/21/2013, Akron Legal News
By Richard Weiner
Summit County Juvenile Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio recently appeared in Washington D.C. to participate as a member of a panel of experts discussing new state-level efforts in working with juvenile…
With $15M in grants, MacArthur establishes 4 juvenile justice reform centers
8/21/2013, ABA Journal
By Molly McDonough
A longtime supporter of juvenile justice reform, the MacArthur Foundation has committed an additional $15 million to the effort, including the development of four juvenile justice reform centers as…
Illinois Lawyer Wins National Recognition As "Gutsy Youth Advocate" Of The Year
8/21/2013, National Juvenile Justice Network
(Washington, DC) -- Elizabeth “Betsy” Clarke, president of the Illinois-based Juvenile Justice Initiative, was recognized recently for her tenacious work on behalf of young people in…
There's no such thing as a bad kid in these Spokane, WA, trauma-informed elementary schools
8/20/2013, ACEsTooHigh.com
By Jane Stevens
In 2008, the Spokane, WA, educational community decided to embark on changing its schools to become safe and nurturing, so that kids can learn no matter what’s going on at home…or in…
MacArthur Expands Investment in Juvenile Justice Reform to $165 Million, Launches Resource Centers to Advance Reform and Improve Outcomes for Youth
8/14/2013
Resource Center Partnership seeks to continue the wave of juvenile justice reform in U.S. by helping practitioners, policymakers tackle issues central to improving outcomes for kids and…
Ouachita Parish officials looking to curb truancy
8/11/2013, Monroe News Star
By Sarah Eddington
The truancy division of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office received 1,747 referrals last year from parish schools about students with too many unexcused absences. With the new school year…
Illinois Creates Action Plan to Combat Sexual Victimization of Youth in Prison
8/8/2013
By Illinois Models for Change
CHICAGO – A federal study of sexual victimization of youth in juvenile facilities has prompted the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) to create an action plan that includes…
OP-ED: Wise Spending Leads to Effective Solutions
8/8/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
A recent conversation with a group of friends reminded me that discussions about money are complicated and can move easily from discussion to heated argument. I said that more public funds should be…
Study: Chicago's One Summer Plus Youth Employment Program Cuts Violent Crime Arrests in Half
8/6/2013, City of Chicago, Mayor's Press Office
CHICAGO -- At-risk youth who participated in the 2012 One Summer Plus program experienced a 51 percent drop in arrests for violent crime, according to new study released from the University of…
Clark County Truancy Workshops Are a Success
8/1/2013
By Washington Models for Change
Youth don’t always understand that truancy is illegal—and neither do their parents. As part of its Clark County Models for Change (CCMfC) work, Clark County Juvenile Court and its…
MacArthur Foundation Announces Juvenile Justice Partnership, Launches Resource Centers
8/1/2013, Issue 28
By Models for Change Newsletter
August 2013, Full Newsletter Feature Story Building on its nearly 20-year, $150 million investment in supporting juvenile justice reform, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation today…
OP-ED: Troubled Young People Deserve Compassion, Not Punishment
7/24/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Lizzie Buchen
At the turn of the 20th Century, Lucy Flower, my grandmother’s great grandmother, established the world’s first juvenile court inside the Cook County courthouse in central Chicago. …
Editorial: The hidden cost of prison
7/23/2013, Monroe News Star
No one wants to think about the cost of “locking them up and throwing away the key,” when it comes to Louisiana’s prison population. We expect our justice system to do just…
Expedited Appeals of Juvenile Cases to Improve Fairness of System in Illinois
7/22/2013
By Illinois Models for Change
SPRINGFIELD, IL – By order of the Illinois Supreme Court, appeals of juvenile delinquency cases are being expedited, and proponents of the new rule believe it will further the goal of…
Editorial: New standards improve Louisana's juvenile detention centers
7/19/2013, Lake Charles American Press
A new set of standards for the state’s juvenile detention centers that took effect July 1 is setting Louisiana up as a model for other states to follow. Before now, the state’s 15…
Reflections: Coalition for Juvenile Justice Annual Conference 2013
7/19/2013
By Models for Change Newsletter, Marie N. Williams, Esq.
July 2013, Full Newsletter Feature Story This year at the Coalition for Juvenile Justice Annual Conference, held in May in Washington, D.C., the work of Models for Change was well-represented…
Locking up juveniles may plant seeds of more crime
7/17/2013, Chicago Tribune
By Mary Schmich
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It's time to stop these crimes against Illinois' imprisoned youth
7/16/2013, Crain's Chicago Business
By John Maki, Executive Director, John Howard Association of Illinois
For several months last year, representatives of the U.S. Department of Justice passed through tight security of 326 of the nation's jails and prisons holding juveniles. The federal contractors were…
La. juvenile system sets trend with revamp
7/8/2013, Baton Rouge Advocate
By Bret McCormick
Louisiana all too often serves as an example on matters that other states should never want to emulate. No matter the subject — be it homicides, poverty, education, health or other…
OP-ED: Behind Juvenile Justice Statistics are Real Human Consequences
7/3/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
If it’s possible for a public policy research topic to be “in vogue,” juvenile justice has been a craze for the past decade.
The Potential Perils of the Youth PROMISE Act
7/3/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Matthew Kovac
Reintroduced in Congress this March, the Youth PROMISE Act has been advertised as a common-sense, cost-saving measure to reduce the U.S. prison population by focusing on youth violence prevention and…
Therapy Helps Troubled Teens Rethink Crime
7/2/2013, NPR
By Shankar Vedantam
Late one night in November 2007, a student at the University of Chicago named Amadou Cisse was accosted by a young man named Demetrius Warren.
Voice of the People: Juvenile Justice
7/2/2013, Chicago Tribune
By Andrea Durbin, CEO, Illinois Collaboration on Youth
The recent American Civil Liberties Union report about the war on marijuana has brought to light facts that are often hidden behind "tough on crime" slogans and bureaucratic agendas. Illinois ranks…
Louisiana Enacts Juvenile Justice Licensing Standards
7/1/2013
By Department of Children and Family Services, Illinois
Effective today, July 1, 2013, all juvenile detention facilities in the state of Louisiana are now licensed and inspected by the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Today…
Celebrating Comeback States
6/19/2013
By David Kindler
Two Models for Change states, Illinois and Washington, are among nine states called out for their success in reducing the number of incarcerated youth in the Comeback States report released yesterday…
Putting So Many Kids in Jail Is Stupid and Expensive
6/18/2013, THE312 (Chicago Magazine's staff blog)
By Whet Moser
A few years ago, Illinois—and Chicago in particular—realized it had a problem on its hands with both juvenile recidivism and juvenile incarceration. Despite the tremendous amounts of…
Louisiana Legislature Concludes 2013 Regular Legislative Session
6/18/2013
By Louisiana Models for Change
The 2013 Louisiana Regular Legislative Session adjourned on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 6p.m. Below is a brief description of each of the 2013 legislative bills related to juvenile justice, a summary…
Throwing children in prison turns out to be a really bad idea
6/15/2013, Wonkblog (Washington Post)
By Brad Plummer
The United States still puts more children and teenagers in juvenile detention than any other developed nations in the world, with about 70,000 detained on any given day in 2010. And as it turns out,…
System Failure: Sexual Victimization in Illinois Juvenile Prisons
6/13/2013, HuffPost Chicago
By John Maki, Executive Director of the John Howard Association of Illinois
In a recently released national study, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) found that Illinois ranked among the four worst states in the country for rates of reported sexual victimization in…
My View: Juvenile justice system broken, needs oversight
6/13/2013, Freeport (IL) Journal-Standard
By Elizabeth Clarke, President of the Juvenile Justice Initiative
Too often, it takes a crisis — and victims — to bring about a change.
Experts say Illinois youth prisons need independent ombudsman
6/11/2013, WBEZ (Chicago Public Radio)
By Patrick Smith
The chair of the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission says Gov. Pat Quinn must act quickly to protect kids in the state’s youth prisons. Retired Judge George Timberlake says incarcerated youth…
Louisiana Association of Drug Court Professionals (LADCP) sponsors a Motivational Interviewing Training Seminar in partnership with Supreme Court Drug Court Office (SCDCO)
6/6/2013
By Kim Cusimano, Louisiana Models for Change
In 2009, with assistance from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Louisiana Models for Change initiative, the 4th Judicial District Court Juvenile Drug Court embarked on a pilot program…
Cruel, Unusual, and a Matter of Law in Illinois
6/5/2013, The Atlantic
By Paige Sutherland, Bryan Lowry, and Ananth Baliga
The one-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision to outlaw juvenile mandatory life sentencing without parole is coming up fast, yet Illinois is no closer to being in compliance.
In Illinois, a Season of Restorative Justice
6/5/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Judge George Timberlake
It has been a good spring for juvenile justice in Illinois. In a year of great fiscal challenge, the General Assembly approved Gov. Pat Quinn’s proposal to double funding for Redeploy Illinois,…
Taking a More Standard Approach
6/3/2013, National Juvenile Defender Center
By Rey Cheatham Banks and Sarah Bergen
The practice of juvenile defense is often an ad hoc system of representation with no definable structure, guidelines, or standards. Some states have a statewide system of defense, while others rely…
Gov. Bobby Jindal signs first bills of 2013 legislative session into law
5/24/2013
By Kim Cusimano, Louisiana Models for Change
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal signed three bills relative to juvenile justice into law yesterday. The bills were the first pieces of legislation to make it to the governor's desk and be approved during…
A Public-Private Partnership that Works
5/23/2013, Juvenile Law Center
By Autumn Dickman
Public-private partnerships are a staple of good government initiatives. Rarely, however, has such a partnership existed in juvenile justice on the scale of MacArthur Foundation’s…
Prevent crime by giving children the right start
5/23/2013, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
By St. Clair County (IL) State's Attorney Brendan Kelly
There is a growing consensus among law enforcement that we need to be doing much more on the front end to prevent crime on the back end. That’s why my office has created a Children’s…
Editorial: Fighting crime the smart way
5/22/2013, Chicago Sun-Times
As recently as three years ago, more than 1,300 young people were locked up in juvenile prisons in Illinois, costing the state a small fortune, from $88,000 to $98,000 per inmate. Now, thanks in…
Voice of the Reader: Redeploy Illinois needs support
5/21/2013, Southern Illinoisan (Carbondale)
By Union County (IL) State's Attorney Tyler Edmonds
My law enforcement colleagues do a good job addressing juvenile crime and making sure offending juveniles are taken off the streets. But we continually arrest and prosecute the same kids and send…
Violence in the streets can start in the home
5/17/2013, WBEZ-FM (Chicago Public Radio)
By Adriana Cardona-Maguigad
CHICAGO -- Ubaldina is a mother of six, who works the night shift at a packing company so she can be there when her kids come home from school. She’s raising her kids alone now. She said her…
Juvenile Justice shows progress
5/16/2013, Illinois Times
By Patrick Yeagle
When the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice was created in 2006, the state’s youth prisons held 1,500 juvenile offenders. Today, there are fewer than 900 kids behind bars in Illinois…
Two Major Juvenile Justice Bills Passed in Illinois Senate
5/15/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By James Swift
On Tuesday, Illinois state senators passed two bills with potentially profound implications on the state’s juvenile justice system.
‘Math tutoring on steroids’ aims to help troubled Chicago teens, muscle out crime
5/12/2013, Chicago Sun-Times
By Frank Main
Math kills crime. That’s the result researchers expect from a program that combines “math tutoring on steroids” with sports-based mentoring for troubled teens in Chicago.
One Case Makes the Case for Community Based Services
5/8/2013, Youth Today
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
CHICAGO -- The national debate continues over the issues of guns and violence, but attention to the subject of mental health services and funding must not be lost. We cannot miss the opportunity to…
Editorial: State can be a leader in juvenile justice
5/7/2013, Chicago Sun-Times
In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that juveniles should not be sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole. But the court didn’t address two issues. What about juveniles who…
Transforming the Justice System by Partnering with Families
5/6/2013, Campaign for Youth Justice
By Neelum Arya
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Tavis Smiley Spotlights Washington Models for Change Programs on National Stage
5/2/2013, PBS
By Washington Models for Change
Truancy is a major issue in Washington state and is at the forefront of Washington Models for Change efforts. These efforts now have more national recognition thanks to the recent Tavis Smiley…
Juvenile Law Center Named Best "Law" Website in the 17th Annual Webby Awards
5/2/2013, Juvenile Law Center Blog
By Models for Change
Reposted from: Juvenile Law Center Blog The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS) announced today that Juvenile Law Center has been named the Best "Law" Website in the 17th…
Louisiana Models for Change Grantee Replicates Model
5/1/2013
By Louisiana Models for Change
In March 2011, Louisiana Models for Change awarded a $150,000 grant to the Northshore Technical Community College-Florida Parishes Campus to implement a pilot career development model targeting…
Juvenile Justice: Program in Illinois leaves some wondering whether the concept of fairness is being served
5/1/2013, Illinois Issues magazine
By Jamey Dunn
If a 17-year-old were caught stealing an iPod in Illinois, he or she would likely end up in the juvenile justice system. However, if the same teenager were caught stealing the newest iPhone, he or…
After Years of Slow Progress, Illinois Finds Traction In Efforts to Meet Needs of Mentally Ill Youth
5/1/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Ed Finkel and Dick Mendel
Early in 2000, after a groundbreaking study revealed epidemic levels of mental illness among detained youth in Cook County – plus a severe lack of counseling and treatment – the Illinois…
Louisiana Juvenile Justice Champion Rep. Walt Leger Passes Resolution Commending the Foundation
4/29/2013
By Louisiana Models for Change
Louisiana Speaker Pro Tem and Chairman of the Juvenile Justice Implementation Commission Rep. Walt Leger introduced House Concurrent Resolution 27 of the 2013 Louisiana Regular Legislative Session.…
A New Hub for Juvenile Justice Research
4/24/2013, Juvenile Justice Resource Hub
By Juvenile Justice Information Exchange and the National Juvenile Justice Network
Juvenile justice professionals take note: a new resource launches this week that will make it easier—and more engaging—than ever to get in-depth journalism stories together with key…
Illinois State House Signs off on Redirecting Most Youth Under 17 From Adult Court
4/18/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By James Swift and Safiya Merchant
The Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission this week released a report urging state policymakers to reclassify 17-year-olds as juveniles in the legal system, lest Illinois become “a national…
Guest Editorial: Justice for all, including juveniles
4/7/2013, New Orleans Times Picayune
By Catherine 'Kitty' Kimball
I have spent the past two decades serving on the Louisiana Supreme Court. During that time, I have made juvenile justice reform a priority. For our youth to be properly served, we need to refocus…
A New Bill Can Keep Offending Youth with Mental Health Needs on the Right Path in Washington State
4/4/2013
By Washington Models for Change
Research shows that almost 70 percent of youth in the juvenile justice system have at least one diagnosable mental health disorder. The Washington State Legislature is considering how to put those…
Raise the Age; Don't Split the Difference
4/3/2013, Youth Today
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
The MacArthur Foundation's new "Mistakes Kids Make" Internet-based campaign is a welcome and innovative way to educate the public of the wisdom of giving kids an opportunity to straighten out their…
Jefferson Parish Completes Probation Review and Converts Recommendations into Practice
4/2/2013
By Kim Cusimano, Louisiana Models for Change
Louisiana Models for Change awarded a grant to the Jefferson Parish Department of Juvenile Services to conduct a comprehensive probation review and provide a list of recommendations to improve the…
Editorial: Raise age for charging youths as adults
3/25/2013, Chicago Sun-Times
In Illinois, a 17-year-old goof caught shoplifting a $150 iPod Touch, a misdemeanor theft, is charged as a juvenile. If the same 17-year-old goof steals a $400 iPhone, a felony theft, he is charged…
Louisiana poised to carry out detention standards and licensing
3/19/2013
By Kim Cusimano, Louisiana Models for Change
The Calcasieu Parish Office of Juvenile Justice Services serves as the Louisiana Models for Change project lead developing standards, implementing licensing criteria and training for detention…
The Crucial Role of Prosecutors in Juvenile Justice
3/13/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Susan Broderick
Having spent my entire professional career involved in the criminal and juvenile justice systems, I have had the opportunity to see tremendous changes in the fields. I began working as an assistant…
Options for the future exist; but little money is available
3/13/2013, Tri-Parish Times
By John DeSantis
On a chilly morning just a few weeks ago local court officials, educators and others saddled with the task of keeping kids in trouble out of more trouble traveled in vans and cars to view first-hand…
We are the System
3/6/2013, Youth Today
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
Since the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School late last year, there has been an abundance of suggested policy changes to keep children safe. They include armed guards in every school…
Children and Family Justice Center awarded 2013 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions
2/28/2013
By Northwestern University
Video: The Children and Family Justice Center The extraordinary accomplishments of the Children and Family Justice Center were recognized by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, which…
Study Recommends Extending Illinois Juvenile Court Jurisdiction to Include 17-year-olds Charged with Felony Offenses
2/26/2013, Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Feb. 26, 2013 Recommendation: To promote a juvenile justice system focused on public safety, youth rehabilitation, fairness, and fiscal responsibility, Illinois should…
Truancy Needs Early and Innovative Intervention
2/20/2013, Youth Today
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
Skipping school – perhaps that makes you think of adventures with high school friends just to test your independence. Four of my high school pals skipped school one beautiful spring day and…
Clark County Creates Ease and Efficiency in Juvenile Justice System
2/19/2013
By Washington Models for Change
Imagine you’re a case worker in the juvenile justice system and the de facto conduit among youths and their families, government agencies, court officials, schools, nonprofit programs, and…
Though controversial, prison reform a necessity
2/10/2013, Chicago Sun-Times
By Esther Franco-Payne
Every discussion of state government today revolves around the public pension funds stalemate, a crisis that has sucked the air out of the State Capitol. Yet, the wheels of state government keep…
A Rational Approach to School Safety and Student Performance
2/5/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
Debate is raging in communities across the country about the role of police in our nation’s schools. While the discussion is long overdue, too often the debate centers on the role and presence…
Why is it so hard to expunge juvenile records in Cook County?
2/4/2013, Chicago Public Radio
By Linda Paul
Thousands of kids get arrested each year at school in Chicago, and that might not be news to you. But what might be surprising are what can be long-term consequences of juvenile arrests, even for…
How many Chicago juvenile arrests happen at school?
2/4/2013, Chicago Public Radio
By Linda Paul
Tens of thousands of young people get arrested each year in Chicago, and a lot of those arrests happen on the grounds of Chicago Public Schools. Of course, arrests at school happen all across the…
Advocates Cheer Listenbee as New Federal Head of Juvenile Justice
2/2/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Kaukab Jhumra Smith
Juvenile justice advocates hailed the Obama administration’s announcement Friday that Philadelphia defense attorney Robert Listenbee Jr., a long-time champion of limiting the detention and…
Juvenile offenders studied: Report links mental health issues, jail in Louisiana
2/1/2013, The Advocate
By Mark Ballard
Louisiana jails a higher percentage of youthful inmates with mental health needs than most other states, according to a study released Thursday. “We don’t do a very good job of keeping…
Report calls for increased funding for juvenile justice efforts
2/1/2013, The Times-Picayune
By Laura Maggi
To sustain and ramp up changes to Louisiana's juvenile justice system there needs to be adequate funding at both the state and local levels, experts recommended in a report released Thursday. At a…
LSUHSC School of Public Health Institute for Public Health and Justice Hosts Conference in Baton Rouge to Discuss Progress Thus Far and Next Steps in Reform
1/30/2013
By Louisiana Models for Change and Institute for Public Health and Justice
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, January 31, 2013 Contact Information Jim Harris 225-344-0381 LSUHSC School of Public Health Institute for Public Health and Justice Hosts…
Screen to Save: Youth Assessment Conserves Resources and Improves Outcomes for Youth
1/23/2013
By Gina Vincent and David Kindler
Screen to Save: Youth Assessment Conserves Resources and Improves Outcomes for Youth Youth “risk for re-offending” assessment tools can help juvenile justice systems to target resources…
Illinois Juvenile Justice Experts Discuss Solutions to Violence in Chicago
1/18/2013
By Illinois Models for Change
CHICAGO -- Even before the world was shocked by the killing of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, murders of schoolchildren already had become a crisis in…
LSU Institute for Public Health and Justice Director to Speak at Regional Conference About Louisiana’s Success in Implementing Evidence-based Practices on a Statewide Level
1/14/2013
By Louisiana Models for Change and Institute for Public Health and Justice
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 14, 2012 Contact Information Jim Harris 225-344-0381 LSU Institute for Public Health and Justice Director to Speak at Regional Conference About…
Illinois Juvenile Justice Experts Discuss Solutions to Violence in Chicago
1/14/2013
By Illinois Models for Change
CHICAGO -- Even before the world was shocked by the killing of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, murders of schoolchildren already had become a crisis in…
Juvenile Justice Sees Progress
12/27/2012, The Advocate
By Justice Catherine Kimball
Juvenile justice sees progress Some good news about Louisiana’s success on the juvenile justice reform front was announced last week in the results of a nationwide study. While the news did…
Our View: In Louisiana, A Friend for Youth and a Model for Change
12/23/2012, The Town Talk, Alexandria
By Opinion
Louisiana knows only too well about the “school to prison” pipeline and the lifelong deleterious effects it has on young people who get run through it. Louisiana needs to know that…
New report touts Louisiana juvenile reform success, Speaker Pro Temp reacts
12/18/2012, Zachary Today
A watchdog organization on juvenile crime prevention has highlighted Louisiana for its efforts to reduce the rate at which juvenile offenders repeat criminal behavior. Speaker Pro Tempore Walt Leger…
Study recognizes Louisiana as leader in adopting evidence-based practices in dealing with delinquent or violet youth and their families
12/17/2012
By Louisiana, Models for Change
The Institute for Public Health and Justice and the MacArthur Foundation’s Louisiana Models for Change Program was named as key to state’s success by report’s lead author Some good…
Benton-Franklin Counties Creates Additional Reengagement Program to Meet Dropout Needs
12/13/2012
By Washington State, Models for Change
In 2013, Benton County is expected to see its highest graduation rate of reengaged students— those cited for truancy or at risk of dropping out. This success is the result of options like…
Foundation Strives to Create Legacy for Juvenile Justice Reform
12/6/2012, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Kaukab Jhumra Smith
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The nonprofit MacArthur Foundation has spent more than $100 million since 2004 on developing blueprints for reform within the juvenile justice systems of 16 states. Earlier…
To Keep Kids Out of the System, We Need Community Involvement
12/5/2012, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Judge George Timberlake
Most of the teenagers walking into my courtroom were 1st or 2nd time visitors. They didn’t want to return, and we worked with them and their parents to make that first visit their last one. …
MacArthur Foundation Program Honors Juvenile Justice Reform Achievements of Rutgers–Newark Law Professor
12/4/2012, Rutgers Today, Rutgers University News
By Janet Donohue
NEWARK, NJ – Laura Cohen, Clinical Professor of Law at Rutgers School of Law–Newark, has been recognized by the MacArthur Foundation Models for Change program for her zealous and…
Arthur D. Bishop, Director of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice, Honored as Champion for Change
12/3/2012, Models for Change Illinois
By Jim Bray
For Immediate Release: Contact: Jim Bray December 3, 2012 217-793-8416 Arthur D. Bishop, Director of the Illinois Department of…
Champion for Change: Lisa M. Garry
12/3/2012, Models for Change
By DMC Action Network
Lisa Garry Champion for Change award, annual conference 2012 JDAI/DMC, Maryland Department of Juvenile Services Read the complete 2012 Champions for Change program. Lisa Garry isn’t…
Champion for Change: Laura Cohen
12/3/2012, Models for Change
By Juvenile Indigent Defense Action Network
Clinical Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Eric R. Neisser Public Interest Program Rutgers School of Law-Newark Read the complete 2012 Champions for Change program. Laura Cohen Champion for…
Champion for Change: Gene Griffin
12/3/2012, Models for Change
By Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Action Network
Gene Griffin Champion for Change award, annual conference 2012 Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Read the complete…
Champion for Change: Starcia Marie Ague
12/3/2012, Models for Change
By Washington
Starcia Ague Champion for Change award, annual conference 2012 University of Washington/School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Division of Public Behavioral Health…
Champion for Change: Arthur D. Bishop
12/3/2012, Models for Change
By Illinois
Director, Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice Read the complete 2012 Champions for Change program. The Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice was created in 2006 with a vision paralleling…
Champion for Change: Sharon Guy Hornsby
12/3/2012, Models for Change
By Louisiana
Dean, Northshore Technical Community College, Florida Parishes Campus Sharon Hornsby Champion for Change award, annual conference 2012 Read the complete 2012 Champions for Change program. …
Champion for Change: George D. Mosee, Jr.
12/3/2012, Models for Change
By Pennsylvania
Deputy District Attorney, Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, Juvenile Division George Mosee Champion for Change award, annual conference 2012 Read the…
Northshore dean wins national award
11/30/2012, The Hammond Star
By Bridgette Bonner
HAMMOND--Sharon Hornsby, dean of the Northshore Technical Community College Florida Parishes campus, has been announced the recipient of a national award.

Recipients of the John D. and Catherine T.…
Redeploy Illinois Savings Pass $40 Million As State Officials Advocate Expansion
11/8/2012
By Illinois Models for Change
SPRINGFIELD, IL – After seven successive years of experience reducing the number of youth committed to state incarceration, some state officials are convinced resources to support the Redeploy…
For the Newly-Elected Judge, a Different View of Juvenile Court
11/7/2012, Youth Today
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
Dozens of lawyers won their first elections as judges this month, and they will soon experience the sensation of viewing the courtroom from the other side of the bench and hearing the words…
Louisiana Models for Change Project Director Dr. Debra DePrato Receives Award from the State's Office of Juvenile Justice
11/6/2012
By Louisiana Models for Change
The Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice presented its 2012 Champion of Louisiana Juvenile Justice Award to Louisiana Models for Change Project Director Dr. Debra DePrato at the agency’s annual…
International Juvenile Justice Conference Told of Shift Away from Incarceration of Youth in USA
11/6/2012
By Illinois Models for Change
Elizabeth Clarke, the leader of a juvenile justice reform coalition in Illinois, told an international audience Tuesday of a trend away from mass incarceration of youth in the United States. In…
After the Violence, the Rest of Their Lives
11/4/2012, New York Times
By Erica Goode
CHICAGO — Xavier McElrath-Bey drives past the dilapidated houses, liquor stores and vacant lots in his old neighborhood and sees the landmarks of his youth.
Lawsuit Seeks Changes in Youth Parole Revocation Hearings in Illinois
11/1/2012
By Illinois Models for Change
CHICAGO – Comparing parole revocations hearings in for youth in Illinois to “kangaroo courts,” a class action lawsuit filed recently in federal court has charged that the hearings…
Don’t play politics: Close underused youth prisons
10/28/2012, Chicago Sun-Times
By Stephanie Kollmann
Voters are rightly disinclined to blame state workers for Illinois’ fiscal woes. Still, it’s hard to imagine the economic moment when taxpayers would be sympathetic to a union that…
Illinois Advocate Sues to Speed Juvenile Parole Reform
10/25/2012, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Maggie Lee
Juveniles who appeared before the Illinois Prisoner Review Board (IPRB) for parole revocation hearings were denied due process, according to a state-commissioned report that’s almost a year…
Letter: Much done, much to do on juvenile justice
10/23/2012, The Advocate-Baton Rouge, La.
By Louisiana Models for Change
It has been a long road for juvenile justice reform in Louisiana. There has been some improvement, but much more needs to be done. In 2001, the Louisiana Legislature took steps to revitalize the…
MacArthur Foundation's Models for Change Initiative Announces its Knowledge Brief Series
10/18/2012
By Models for Change
The Knowledge Brief Series describes new knowledge emerging from the Models for Change initiative, a multi-state juvenile justice initiative. Models for Change is accelerating movement toward a more…
National Youth Justice Awareness Month and Children's Health Month
10/11/2012
October is National Youth Justice Awareness Month and Children’s Health Month. In recognition of both, we would like to remind you of two recent knowledge briefs that speak to children’s…
Campaign for Youth Justice Recognizes National Youth Justice Awareness Month
10/1/2012
By Campaign for Youth Justice
During the month of October, thousands of people are participating in National Youth Justice Awareness Month (Y-JAM) activities throughout the country. The Campaign for Youth Justice (CFYJ) and…
Thousands to Participate in National Youth Justice Awareness Month Activities throughout the Country
10/1/2012
By Campaign for Youth Justice
Thousands to Participate in National Youth Justice Awareness Month Activities throughout the Country Twenty-eight Events in 20 States are designed to Raise Awareness around the Issue of Youth…
Agreement Could Lead to Additional Improvements for Incarcerated Youth in Illinois
9/12/2012
By Illinois Models for Change
CHICAGO – An agreement between the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ) and the ACLU of Illinois may avert a potential expensive and lengthy court battle and lead to improvements in…
Jim Anderson Receives Presidents Award From Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges
9/5/2012, Juvenile Court Judges' Commission Newsletter
A surprised Jim Anderson, Executive Director of the Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission, received the 2012 Presidents Award from the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges at the Hotel…
Training to Enhance Family Involvement in Pennsylvania’s Juvenile Justice System Now Available
9/5/2012, Juvenile Court Judges' Commission Newsletter
The Center for Juvenile Justice Training and Research is launching a statewide effort to provide training for juvenile probation officers who desire to utilize strategies to expand family involvement…
llinois should close two juvenile prisons to save money
9/3/2012, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
By George W. Timberlake, Chair, Illinois Juvenle Justice Commission
With Gov. Pat Quinn and Illinois AFSCME locked in a protracted lawsuit over the governor's intention to close state prisons, the public debate often focuses on overcrowding in the state's adult…
Illinois Supreme Court: Even juveniles deserve strong legal defense
8/31/2012, Associated Press
By Christopher Will
SPRINGFIELD, IL -- Lawyers are supposed to win cases for their clients. Lawyers in the juvenile justice system want what's best for troubled children. And when the two impulses are in conflict, the…
Experts Say New Federal Rule Brings Hope for LGBTQ Youth in Custody
8/29/2012, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Christie Thompson
Given the high rate of torment suffered by LGBT youth in custody, activists applauded last week’s finalizing of a landmark law that took nine years to get from adoption to implementation.
Washington Models for Change Toolkit Sees 100% Success Rate in Implementation
8/28/2012
By Models for Change Washington
Washington Models for Change site coordinator Jennie Marshall in Spokane County recently released the site’s first toolkit, titled Spokane County Toolkit for Community Truancy Board…
LA Models for Change Grantees Participate in 2012 Louisiana Governor's Conference
8/27/2012, LaNewsLink.com
BATON ROUGE—The 32nd annual Louisiana Governor’s Conference on Juvenile Justice took place in Baton Rouge August 15-17. The conference served as a showcase platform for leading advocates…
Editorial: Justice for juveniles
8/22/2012, Chicago Sun-Times
Cook County’s juvenile justice center has made big strides in recent years. It’s cleaner and safer, its staff is more responsive and its school is more effective. But improvements…
Policy Experts Address the Challenges Facing LGBT Youth in Lockup
8/22/2012, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By James Swift
“Why are we focused on LGBTQI youth all of a sudden?” said Mykel Selph, director of the Office of Girls & Gender at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (JTDC) in…
Juvenile detention center population keeps falling; But reform work not finished, officials say
8/20/2012, Chicago Tribune
By Hal Dardick
CHICAGO -- Cook County has been able to reduce the number of teens locked up in its juvenile detention center, but there's still much to be done before the mission to reform the long-troubled…
Louisiana Models for Change Grantee Receives Award from Louisiana Bar Association
8/20/2012, LaNewsLink.com
BATON ROUGE—A John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Louisiana Models for Change initiative grantee, the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center’s Juvenile…
Short Film Captures the Gravity of Truancy and the Need to Invest in Solutions that Work
8/20/2012
By Models for Change Washington
Truancy is a major issue in Washington state, and has been at the forefront of Washington Models for Change work since the program’s inception. Programs developed by Models for Change partners…
Louisiana Models for Change Grantees Participate in 32nd Annual Governor's Conference
8/20/2012
By LaNewslink.com
BATON ROUGE—The 32nd annual Louisiana Governor’s Conference on Juvenile Justice took place in Baton Rouge August 15-17. The conference served as a showcase platform for leading advocates…
Illinois Increases Efforts to Reduce Youth Recidivism
8/18/2012, NPR
By Illinois Models for Change
NPR's All Things Considered program recently reported on states reexamining how to "make sure kids who've committed a crime once don't end up in a juvenile facility again." Reporter Cheryl Corley's…
Program provides direction, diplomas, employment
8/17/2012, Hammond News Star
Northshore Technical Community College is the recipient of a $150,000 grant to support a pilot program aimed to prepare students for the workforce. The program, Louisiana Models for Change,…
Program Provides Direction, Diplomas and Employment
8/17/2012
By Hammond News Star
Northshore Technical Community College is the recipient of a $150,000 grant to support a pilot program aimed to prepare students for the workforce. The program, Louisiana Models for Change,…
Report: Louisiana Juvenile Detention Population Down
8/14/2012, Associated Press
BATON ROUGE — A report by Louisiana State University on the current status of the juvenile justice system has concluded multiple parishes have seen a decline in the number of youths detained…
Gateway to Adult Court for Young Defendants Slowly Closing
8/13/2012, Juvenile Justice Exchange network
By Maggie Lee
In a Georgia courtroom last month, 11-year-old Dalton Archer plead guilty to murdering his father’s girlfriend near Christmastime last year, when he was 10. Archer automatically went through…
Illinois Summit Examines Ways to Help Youth Leaving Prison Succeed and End the Cycle of Prison Recidivism
7/30/2012
By Illinois Models for Change
CHICAGO -- Nearly 100 youth service providers and justice reform advocates participated in a daylong summit discussing how to help move Illinois from a youth parole system that is punitive in nature…
Illinois Demonstration Project to Help Juvenile Offenders Make Successful Transition Back to Their Home Communities
7/24/2012, Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission on Tuesday announced the start of a demonstration project to reduce the recidivism and improve the outcomes of juvenile offenders. The…
Federal money to help Illinois to change troubling youth prison statistic
7/24/2012, WBEZ (Chicago Public Radio)
By Rob Wildeboer
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's Juvenile Justice Commission says 50 to 60 percent of the kids released from youth prisons end up going back within three years. It’s a troubling statistic, but the…
Louisiana Models for Change Grantee Receives Award from Louisiana Bar Association
7/20/2012
By LaNewslink.com
Attorney Hector Linares presented with the 2012 Children’s Law Award BATON ROUGE—A John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Louisiana Models for Change initiative grantee,…
Experiencing Trauma
6/20/2012, Catalyst Chicago
By Illinois Models for Change
School district leaders understand that children who have witnessed violence or other traumatic events often have trouble in school. But without extra resources or staff, schools are hard-pressed to…
JJI Urges Congress to Ban Solitary Confinement of Juveniles
6/19/2012, Juvenile Justice Initiative
By Illinois Models for Change
JJI Urges Congress to Ban Solitary Confinement of Juveniles CHICAGO – The Juvenile Justice Initiative (JJI) of Illinois on Tuesday urged Congress to ban solitary confinement of…
STATE MUST CLOSE PRISONS AS NEED DECREASES
6/10/2012, Chicago Sun-Times
By Julie Biehl
Q. What happens when a state responds to non-violent juvenile delinquents with a justice system that holds them accountable for their actions and delivers family counseling, addiction treatment and…
Louisiana Legislature Passes Two Positive Reform Measures
6/1/2012
By Louisiana Models for Change
Background: Families in Need of Services or FINS is the approach designed to bring together various resources for the purpose of helping families (troubled youth and their parents) to remedy…
Nationally Recognized Expert in Juvenile Justice, Delinquency Prevention and Sentencing Touts Louisiana for Implementation of Family-based Interventions
6/1/2012
By Louisiana Models for Change
The Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Institute for Public Health and Justice and the Baton Rouge Area Foundation via funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur…
Louisiana Among Leaders in Helping Juveniles
5/23/2012, The Baton Rouge Advocate
By Mark Ballard
Louisiana, which a short time ago was accused of running gladiator camps for young offenders, now is among the best states in the nation for setting up programs aimed at helping juveniles who find…
Models for Change Success: Redeploy Illinois
5/20/2012
By Lauren Jones
In high poverty and high crime cities like East St. Louis, Illinois, teenagers have many opportunities to make bad decisions, and second chances with positive outcomes can be rare. One of those…
Closing 2 Adult, Juvenile Prisons is the Right Move
5/7/2012, Chicago Sun-Times
By Paula Wolff
Despite a drop in crime and the need to close a multibillion-dollar budget hole, politics again threaten to derail plans to cut spending on prisons. Bowing to pressure by those opposed to closing…
4th District Court a Model for Change
4/30/2012, The Monroe News Star
By Louisiana Models for Change
4th District court a model for change Written by Sarah Eddington The 4th Judicial District Court has become the state's model for change in the juvenile justice system thanks to the efforts of…
Institute for Public Health and Justice Participates in 2012 Louisiana Families in Need of Services Association Conference
4/30/2012
By Louisiana Models for Change
The Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Institute for Public Health and Justice participated in the 2012 Louisiana Families in Need of Services Association Conference on April 26-27,…
Louisiana Models for Change Lead Entity Holds Juvenile Drug Court Conference and Training to Celebrate 4th JDC Juvenile Drug Court Model
4/30/2012
By Louisiana Models for Change
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Louisiana Models for Change lead entity—the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Institute for Public Health and…
Using Social Media to Advance Reform
4/20/2012
By Zerline Hughes, Justice Policy Institute
The traditional ways to communicate about our work– word of mouth, newsletter mailings, and ask letters— still do, in fact, get the job done. But with advancements in social media –…
Sustaining Models for Change Initiatives Through Pennsylvania’s Juvenile Justice System Enhancement Strategy
4/19/2012
By Pennsylvania Models for Change
Pennsylvania has a long history of working to improve its juvenile justice system through sustained leadership, strong partnerships at both the state and local levels, and cooperation with both…
Washington Native Communities Engaged for Juvenile Justice Reform – Cultural Enhancement Model Guides Work
4/19/2012
By Washington Models for Change
A new, collaborative effort out of the University of Washington (UW) is bringing evidence-based juvenile justice reform practices to Native American communities. The University of Washington…
White House Honors Illinois Models for Change Participant
4/17/2012
By Illinois Models for Change
"I have attended too many funerals where mothers bury their children because of gang violence. The painful, piercing cry of each mother is seared into my memory; each cry is similar and signifies the…
Even Youths Who Offend Deserve Chance to Grow Up
4/12/2012, Chicago Sun-Times
By Joshua Sohn and the Rev. David Kelly
America stands alone among industrialized nations in telling children as young as 13 that they are beyond hope or redemption. More countries around the world impose sentences of caning, amputation or…
Locked up Since 14, Adolfo Davis Makes Plea for Clemency
4/11/2012, WBEZ-FM
By Linda Paul
Adolfo Davis of Chicago was sentenced to life in prison with no chance for parole for a crime committed when he was 14. Tomorrow, in a process little known by the public, Adolfo's advocates will step…
Kids-for-cash laws signed at scene of crime
4/10/2012, Scranton Times Tribune
By Dave Janoski
WILKES-BARRE - Gov. Tom Corbett signed two bills Monday bolstering the rights of juvenile court defendants at the Luzerne County Courthouse, where two judges collected millions for sending juveniles…
Justice Department Expands Youth Violence Prevention Program
4/5/2012, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Nancy Lewis
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced this week that the Justice Department will expand to 10 – from six – the number of cities participating in the National Forum on Youth Violence…
Commission Releases Recommendations to Improve Systems that Support Youth
4/2/2012
By Louisiana Models for Change
The Louisiana Legislature in the 2011 Regular Legislative Session passed Senate Concurrent Resolution 44 requesting the chief justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court create a Families in Need of…
Career Development Program Influences Positive Change in Juvenile Justice Involved Youth
3/21/2012, St. Helena Echo
Northshore Technical Community College in Greensburg, La., started a career development program in the fall of 2011 for youth at risk of penetration into the Juvenile Justice System. This program has…
Don't put juveniles in jail for life
3/19/2012, CNN.com
By Laurence Steinberg
Laurence Steinberg is a professor of psychology at Temple University and former director of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice. He is the author…
Teens change, given a chance
3/19/2012, Philadelphia Inquirer
By Edwin Desamour
I pick up a call on the hotline. It's one of several services the organization I cofounded provides for at-risk youths in my Philadelphia neighborhood. The kid on the other end of the of the line…
Supreme Court sizes up teens who murder
3/16/2012, Christian Science Monitor
By Editorial
Two cases involving life sentences for 14-year-olds who murdered will test the Supreme Court's past rulings that teens are not small adults and must be given a chance for redemption. By the…
Giving jailed juveniles a second chance at life
3/15/2012, Washington Post
By Marian Wright Edelman
Edwin Desamour was driving with his 3-year-old son in their Philadelphia neighborhood recently when the little boy looked up and said, “Daddy, look at the moon! I want to go there!” So…
Preckwinkle: ‘Blow up’ Juvenile Jail and Put Kids in Smaller Regional Centers
3/9/2012, Chicago Sun-Times
By Lisa Donovan
CHICAGO -- Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said Friday she’d like to “blow ... up” the juvenile jail on the West Side and house troubled kids in smaller regional…
SAMHSA, MacArthur Collaborate to Improve How Juvenile System Responds to Youth with Behavioral Health Needs
3/8/2012, MacArthur Foundation
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation are collaborating on a $1 million effort targeting the behavioral health…
Youth Advocates Applaud Quinn's Plan to Close 2 Juvenile Detention Centers
2/25/2012, Associated Press
By Karen Hawkins
Illinois houses juvenile offenders in eight detention centers across the state, including one in downstate Murphysboro that is only a third full, has little outdoor recreation space and costs $84,000…
Juvenile Shelter Now More Like Home
2/24/2012, Janesville Gazette
By Ann Marie Ames
It's still a long way from feeling like home. But recent renovations at the Rock County Youth Services Center are making things more comfortable for some kids court-ordered to stay in the center's…
National Juvenile Defender Center Receives Creative and Effective Institutions Award from MacArthur Foundation
2/16/2012
By National Juvenile Defender Center
National Juvenile Defender Center Receives Creative and Effective Institutions Award from MacArthur Foundation NJDC Recognized as the “go-to” Resource for the Juvenile Defender…
Career Development Program Influences Positive Change in Adjudicated Youth
2/6/2012
By Louisiana Models for Change
Northshore Technical Community College in Greensburg, La., started a career development program in the fall of 2011 for adjudicated youth, youth found by a judge to have committed a violation of…
New Report Examines School-to-Prison Pipeline in Chicago and Recommends Alternatives
1/31/2012
By Illinois Models for Change
CHICAGO – Because public schools in Chicago too often rely on police arrests to resolve discipline problems, the schools have become the gateway for thousands of youth to enter the juvenile and…
Profile for Change: Dr. Mick Moore
1/27/2012
By Washington Models for Change
Dr. Mick Moore is a powerful voice for reform. He bridges the education and juvenile justice systems, leading interagency changes from the education side. As Assistant to the Superintendent for…
Landmark Study Offers Glimpse at Previously Ignored Youth Population
1/27/2012
By Washington State Models for Change
Landmark Study Offers Glimpse at Previously Ignored Youth Population Youth with Both Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice History Studied A study out of King County is the first of its kind in…
Department of Justice, MacArthur Foundation Provide $2 Million to Support Juvenile Justice Reform
1/26/2012
By Department of Justice, MacArthur Foundation
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Office of Justice Programs (OJP) January 26, 2012 …
Editorial: Non-Violent Juveniles Should not be Locked Up
1/3/2012, Chicago Sun-Times
Illinois has long been a pioneer in juvenile justice, creating the nation’s first juvenile court as long ago as 1899. But in recent years, Illinois hasn’t looked so much like a pioneer…
Change Makers 2012: James Bell, W. Haywood Burns Institute
1/1/2012, San Francisco Chronicle
By Jessica Lum
Founder and executive director of the W. Haywood Burns Institute, James Bell is dedicated to examining and addressing the ethnic disparity in institutions such as the juvenile justice system. Bell…
New Illinois Law Will Require Judges To Consider Sentencing Juvenile Offenders To Treatment In Their Communities
12/20/2011, Juvenile Justice Initiative
CHICAGO – Beginning January 1, Illinois judges considering committing juvenile offenders to incarceration in a state juvenile prison must first ensure that commitment to the Department of…
Latino Youth “Virtually Invisible” in the Illinois Juvenile Justice System Report Calls for Collecting Accurate Information
12/16/2011
By Illinois Models for Change
CHICAGO -- Latino youth comprise one of the fastest growing segments of Illinois’ population, but accurate statistical information about Latino youth in the state’s juvenile justice…
Illinois Report Recommends Extensive Changes to Reverse Juvenile Recidivism Trend
12/16/2011
By Illinois Models for Change
CHICAGO – While noting progress has been made on several reforms within the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), an Illinois state commission has issued a road map of additional…
Robert Listenbee - People on the Move
12/15/2011, Philadelphia Business Journal
Robert Listenbee Date added: December 15, 2011 Submission Type: Professional Recognition Current employer: Defender Association of Philadelphia Current title/position: Chief of the Juvenile…
'ILLINOIS IS FAILING' Shocking Problems Found In Youth Prison System
12/14/2011, Huffington Post Chicago
By Lizzie Schiffman
"One Commissioner observed a hearing in which there was 'no time for introduction or discussion. [The Prisoner Review Board hearing officer] was reading the wrong form and initially was going to deny…
Editorial: Time for an Intelligent Approach to Juvenile Justice
12/14/2011, The Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Imagine this line from a state report on young offenders and let it sink in for a moment:“The Illinois auditor general estimates that incarceration in (an Illinois Department of Juvenile…
Illinois Probe Finds Rushed, Unmeasured Process for Juvenile Release, Reentry and Parole
12/13/2011, Youth Today
By John Kelly
Illinois has seen significant changes to the front-end of its juvenile justice system, but its system of releasing and assisting incarcerated juveniles is a procedural mess, according to a report…
Preckwinkle's New Approach to Juvenile Detention Center: Clear It Out
12/9/2011, Chicago Tribune
By Erika Slife and Duaa Eldeib
For decades, Cook County's Juvenile Temporary Detention Center has been blasted as a depot for children who were locked up in violent, unsanitary, overcrowded conditions without much consideration…
West Valley Truancy Board a Model Program
12/8/2011
By Jody Lawrence-Turner
Bored with his West Valley High School classes, Harrison Calligan thought skipping school with friends might be more challenging. The teen figured out how to block the school’s numbers from…
Champion for Change Joshua Dohan: A constant and driving force for indigent youth
12/6/2011, Models for Change
By Juvenile Indigent Defense Action Network
Joshua Dohan Director, Youth Advocacy Department– Committee for Public Counsel Services Read the complete 2011 Champions for Change program. Colleagues describe Joshua Dohan as one of…
Champion for Change Catherine Foley Geib: No drama, big results
12/6/2011, Models for Change
By Mental Health/Juvenile Justice Action Network
Catherine Foley, 2011 Champion for Change Manager of Clinical and Educational Services Court Support Services Division, Connecticut Judicial Branch Read the complete 2011 Champions for Change…
Champion for Change Mark Masterson: Team Justice is on the job
12/6/2011, Models for Change
By DMC Action Network
Mark Masterson, 2011 Champion for Change Director, Sedgwick County Department of Corrections Read the complete 2011 Champions for Change program. Mark Masterson knows that disproportionate…
Champion for Change Carl McCurley: A passion for analyzing and improving outcomes
12/6/2011, Models for Change
By Washington
Carl McCurley, 2011 Champion for Change Director, Administrative Office of the Courts/Washington State Center for Court Research Read the complete 2011 Champions for Change program. Outcome…
Champion for Change Dane R. Bolin: Committed to reform and innovation
12/6/2011, Models for Change
By Louisiana
Director, Calcasieu Parish Office of Juvenile Justice Services Read the complete 2011 Champions for Change program. Passionate, committed, humble, progressive, visionary: That’s how his…
Champion for Change Toni Irving: A fierce impatience for change
12/6/2011, Models for Change
By Illinois
Toni Irving, 2011 Champion for Change Deputy Chief of Staff, State of Illinois, Office of the Governor Read the complete 2011 Champions for Change program. Toni Irving combines a strong…
Champion for Change Robert L. Listenbee: Juvenile defenders must become the change
12/6/2011, Models for Change
By Pennsylvania
Robert L. Listenbee, 2011 Champion for Change Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) , Former Chief of the Juvenile Unit, Defender Association of…
2011 Champions for Change
12/6/2011
By Models for Change
Champions for Change are individuals working with Models for Change in their states who have positively affected the lives of justice-involved youth, their families, and communities in ways that…
Robert Listenbee Honored as Champion for Change in Juvenile Justice Reform
12/6/2011
Dedication to Improving Juvenile Defense to be Recognized at National Meeting of MacArthur-Supported Juvenile Justice Reform Initiative Philadelphia – Robert Listenbee, Chief of the Juvenile…
Toni Irving, Governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Honored as Champion for Change in Juvenile Justice Reform
12/5/2011
By Illinois Models for Change
Irving’s “Dogged Determination” Recognized at National Meeting of MacArthur-Supported Juvenile Justice Reform Initiative CHICAGO – Toni Irving, deputy chief of staff to…
Making Major Strides in Juvenile Justice Reform
12/5/2011
By Models for Change
For Immediate Release December 5, 2011 Contact: Zerline Hughes, zhughes@justicepolicy.org / 202-558-7974 ext. 308 Jason Fenster, jfenster@justicepolicy.org / 202-558-7974 ext 306 WASHINGTON,…
Youth Advocacy Department Director Joshua Dohan Named Champion for Change in Juvenile Justice Reform
12/5/2011
By Rey Cheatham Banks
ROXBURY, MA – Joshua Dohan, Director of the Youth Advocacy Department of the Committee for Public Counsel Services was honored at a national conference of juvenile justice leaders in…
Collaboration for Reform
12/1/2011
By Tracy Velázquez, Justice Policy Institute
As the MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change initiative began to get underway in four core states, participants in the Initiative and Foundation leadership recognized a significant need: to…
Watchdog Reports Some Progress in Reform of Illinois Juvenile Prison System and Identifies Additional Steps Needed
11/28/2011
By Illinois Models for Change
In a year-end assessment of Illinois’ juvenile prison system, the state’s top independent prison watchdog reported the state has made some progress in making reforms inside the prisons…
Legislation is overdue to protect children's rights
11/18/2011, Patriot News
By Marsha Levick
Over the past 36 years, Juvenile Law Center has witnessed many horrific incidents involving children. Each time, the same questions arise – how could this happen and what can we do to make sure…
Report: State Should Rethink Youth Prisons
11/17/2011, Bloomington Pantagraph (IL)
By Kurt Erickson
SPRINGFIELD, IL -- A new report says Illinois is locking up too many juveniles in youth prisons that are understaffed and lack effective programs. The Chicago-based John Howard Association, which…
Champion for Change Appointed to Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice
10/31/2011
By Illinois Models for Change
WASHINGTON, DC -- John B. “Ben” Roe, an Illinois prosecutor and juvenile justice reform advocate, has been appointed to the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice (FACJJ), which…
Interesting journey for juvenile justice legislation
10/30/2011, Republican Herald
By Robert Swift
HARRISBURG - The two former judges at the heart of the Luzerne County courthouse scandal involving abuses in the sentencing of juvenile offenders are now in federal prison, but the business of…
Editorial: Teen Alternatives to Jail Good for All
10/28/2011, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
It's not every day that a state legislature working to trim the budget could be making life much better for those on whom we traditionally have spent a lot of money. But that seems to be the case…
Chicago Public Radio Makes the Connection Between Mental Illness and Juvenile Justice
10/28/2011
By Illinois Models for Change
CHICAGO -- "Out of the Shadows" is a fitting title for Chicago Public Radio station WBEZ-FM's series of news stories and discussion programs exploring "the fractures in mental health care for…
Editorial: Illinois Should Close at Least One Juvenile Prison
10/25/2011, The Pantagraph (Bloomington, IL)
Unlike their adult counterparts, Illinois’ juvenile prisons — with one exception — are at or below capacity. The state has been successful in diverting young offenders to other…
Dropout Re-engagement Legislation Supports Statewide Replication of Washington Models for Change Project
10/21/2011
By Washington State Models for Change
A Washington Models for Change partner has created a program for dropout reengagement that has been adopted as a model for statewide implementation. PathNet: A Networked Reengagement System, is a…
Seeking best in kids, officer named best in state
10/15/2011, Reading Eagle
By Holly Hermany
Berks County Chief Juvenile Probation Officer Robert N. Williams is humble about winning the 2011 Probation Officer of the Year Award. It's embarrassing," Williams said in his office on the 10th…
Editorial: Prison isn’t Best Option for Nonviolent Youths
10/14/2011, Chicago Sun-Times
A debate over closing the Illinois Youth Center in Downstate Murphysboro has focused on jobs and money and pitted Gov. Pat Quinn against legislators and organized labor. But here’s something…
Looking for Savings, (Illinois Gov. Pat) Quinn Has a Good Idea
10/2/2011, New York Times
By James Warren
Locking up juvenile offenders isn’t working. What is working, both here and nationally, are community-based rehabilitation alternatives to punishment and isolation, notably with nonviolent…
Profile for Change: Patty Potter
9/27/2011
By Pennsylvania Models for Change
Since 2007, Patty Potter has performed the role of Mental Health Coordinator (MHC) in Erie County, one of the three Pennsylvania model counties selected to participate in the Models for Change Mental…
Through Music, Muti Brings Message of Hope to Incarcerated Youth
9/26/2011, Chicago Tribune
By John von Rhein, Classical music critic
One girl swayed with the rhythm of the music as the unfamiliar sounds of Mozart and Bellini washed over her. Another girl couldn’t wait to voice her verdict on the performance she had just…
Zero-Tolerance School-Discipline Policies are a Problem
9/25/2011, Seattle Times
By Jerry Large
People have a bad habit of overreacting to one problem and creating another in the process. Zero-tolerance school-discipline policies fall into that category. That's become increasingly clear in…
Editorial: State’s Lack of Efficiency is Costly
9/18/2011, Decatur Herald & Review
It makes sense to close at least one juvenile prison in Illinois, as Gov. Pat Quinn has recommended. That's unusual to hear, since there has been a lot of noise about how closing the seven…
Evidence Based Practice and Cultural Competency
9/15/2011
By Zerline Hughes, Justice Policy Institute
As the juvenile justice field nationwide increasingly adopts the use of evidence-based practices, local practitioners are grappling with whether these programs are culturally appropriate for their…
Some Advocates Say State Doesn't Need All of its Juvenile Facilities
9/14/2011, Illinois Issues blog
By Jamey Dunn
Juvenile justice advocates say that if Gov. Pat Quinn plans to close state facilities, he should consider shuttering some of the state’s juvenile prisons, which they say are far below…
Closing Juvenile Prison Makes Sense
9/12/2011, Rockford Register Star (Rockford, Illinois)
By Elizabeth Clarke, President of the Juvenile Justice Initiative
Gov. Pat Quinn’s plan to close some state facilities to address budget shortfalls will put pressure on legislators to find new money to avoid the cuts, but one of the cuts — the closing…
Sex Offender Legislation is Often More About Politics than Justice
9/1/2011, Illinois Issues
By Jamey Dunn
Unless you spend time in the state Capitol, you would likely never imagine that lawmakers spend a good portion of their time debating a single issue: sex offenders. A cursory search of the General…
There are Better Alternatives to Youth Detention
8/28/2011, Patriot News
By Daniel P. Elby, CEO of Alternative Rehabilitation Communities
The Pennsylvania juvenile justice system is based on the philosophy of balanced and restorative justice. Implementing this philosophy ensures that each county dedicates equal attention to the…
Fighting Gangs Together
8/25/2011, Renton Reporter
By Justice Bobbe Bridge
Gang violence seems to be everywhere today, even right here in our own suburban neighborhoods – and it’s mobile, moving across city borders. So, how can South and East King County…
Why Juvenile Offenders Need ‘Aftercare’
8/25/2011, Daily Herald
By George Timberlake
The heart-wrenching Daily Herald series recounting the 2008 attack on Elgin High School teacher Carolyn Gilbert has taken its readers to places few of us can imagine and where none of us want to…
King County’s Academic Awareness Awards Ceremony Recognizes Remarkable Turnarounds in Student Performance
8/23/2011
By Washington State Models for Change
The remarkable transformations of select King County students, from chronic truancy and failing grades to regular attendance and high achievement, were recognized at this year’s Academic…
Watchdog Monitors Transition of Illinois Juvenile Prisons from Punitive to Rehabilitative
8/19/2011
By Illinois Models for Change
SPRINGFIELD, IL -- Unless you work for the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice or you’ve been ordered to serve time as a juvenile, chances are you’ve never set foot inside any of the…
Editorial: Prison Not Only Choice for Justice
8/17/2011, The Alton Telegraph and The Jacksonville Courier-News (Illinois)
The tough-love approach to juvenile justice undertaken in the 1980s and ‘90s was designed to send a message to frighten would-be young criminals. You get caught, you go to jail. To an extent…
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn Signs Legislation Requiring Consideration of Community Treatment Before Incarceration in All Juvenile Cases
8/16/2011
By Illinois Models for Change
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Before sentencing a youth to time in a state prison, juvenile court judges in Illinois will soon be required to review several factors, including the youth’s mental…
Chief Weitzel appointed to international research committee on juveniles
8/1/2011, Brookfield Suburban Life
By Staff
Brookfield, IL — Riverside Police Chief Tom Weitzel has been appointed to the International Association of Chiefs of Police Research Committee for Juvenile Justice Issues. Both Weitzel and…
Taxing and Spending, in Balance
7/24/2011, New York Times
By Robert J. Shiller
Economic View Taxing and Spending, in Balance By ROBERT J. SHILLER Published: July 23, 2011 The very term “fiscal stimulus” has become tainted. John Boehner, the House speaker, refers…
Northwestern Prof Works to Give Convicted Teens Second Chances
7/21/2011, Chicago Tribune
By Melissa Harris
By the time Bernardine Dohrn drove more than 100 miles in her silver Buick with two lawyers to the Pontiac Correctional Center, a quarter-century had passed since Mark Clements began serving four…
Profile for Change: Mark D. Hassakis
7/19/2011
By Illinois Models for Change
Mark D. Hassakis, attorney from Mt. Vernon, Illinois, and past president of the Illinois State Bar Association. CHICAGO -- When elected a year ago as President of the Illinois State Bar…
Quinn's Youth Prisons Proposal Fades Away
7/14/2011, WEBZ-FM
By Sam Hudzik
A major change for Illinois' youth prisons is on hold. Gov. Pat Quinn last year pushed to merge the Department of Juvenile Justice into another agency, the Department of Children and Family Services.…
Calcasieu Children and Youth Planning Board and Louisiana Models for Change launch innovative MARC center
7/7/2011
By Louisiana Models for Change
Representatives from various juvenile justice agencies and statewide organizations were on hand in Lake Charles today as the ribbon was cut on the brand new Calcasieu Parish Multi-Agency Resource…
MacArthur Foundation director helps to unveil LSUHSC Institute for Public Health and Justice
7/7/2011
By Louisiana Models for Change
Juvenile justice reform stakeholders from across the nation gathered at a recent John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation-sponsored meeting to hear the first public announcement regarding the…
Work Beats Prison: Redeploy Illinois Keeps Juveniles Out of Jail
6/30/2011, Illinois Times (Springfield, IL)
By Holly Dillemuth
Three Decatur teens watch as a cloud of sawdust erupts from power tools operated by their wood shop instructor, Jim Taylor, in a warehouse used by Macon County Probation. For two hours on Tuesdays…
Save Truant Youth Before They Get to Court
6/23/2011, Seattle Times
By Bobbe Bridge
EARLIER this month, the Washington Supreme Court reversed an appeals court ruling that truant students must be represented by attorneys at the earliest stage of truancy hearings. Many of us from…
Profile for Change: Judge Arthur Grim
6/17/2011
By Pennsylvania Models for Change
For more than 35 years, Judge Arthur Grim of Berks County Pennsylvania has been working hard to help kids find the path to successful adulthood. In 1975, Grim was a young graduate of Duquesne…
Senate Passes Baker Bills to Bring Reforms to Juvenile Justice System
6/12/2011, Wayne Independent
By Staff
Honesdale, Pa. — The state Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senator Lisa Baker (R-20) to reform the juvenile justice system and protect the fundamental rights of kids entering the…
Senate approves corruption bills
6/11/2011, Standard Speaker
By Robert Swift
HARRISBURG - A slew of bills to address fallout from the courthouse scandal and other corruption probes in Luzerne County won approval Wednesday from state lawmakers. By unanimous votes, the Senate…
Juvenile Offender Service Program Saves State $9M
6/9/2011, Bloomington Pantagraph
By Kiera Manion-Fischer
SPRINGFIELD — The state saved about $9 million last year by sending 184 youth to community-based services as an alternative to incarceration, according to a report from the Illinois Department…
WA Praised for Efforts to Reduce School Dropout Rates
6/8/2011, Public News Services
By Chris Thomas
SEATTLE - While most students and parents are thinking about summer vacation, one nonprofit group already is looking ahead to the next school year - and how to keep more Washington youths from…
Redeploy Illinois Saving Millions and Changing Lives
6/3/2011
By Illinois Models for Change
CHICAGO – By helping counties offer comprehensive services to delinquent youth, the state of Illinois was able to save more than $9 million in 2010 by diverting 184 juveniles away from…
Awards Presented to Chicago News Media For Coverage of Juvenile Justice System
6/3/2011
By Illinois Models for Change
CHICAGO -- A Chicago radio station and magazine have received awards for news media excellence in recognition of their in-depth reporting about the Illinois juvenile justice system. The Chicago…
Funding, Implementing Evidence-Based Practices
6/2/2011
By Zerline Hughes, Justice Policy Institute
Now more than ever, cash-strapped states are looking into ways to shave expenses. Nationally, there are 81,000 youth in juvenile facilities; 70 percent of these youth are held in state-funded,…
Juvenile Justice for Parents
6/2/2011, KPLU 88.5 NPR
By Paula Wissel
It’s late Saturday night and you get a phone call. Your teenage son has been arrested. You show up for court on Monday morning unsure what to do or say. Now there’s help for parents…
Patricia McFall Torbet named Pennsylvania Champion for Change
6/1/2011, Pitt Magazine
Patricia McFall Torbet SOC WK ’76 was named the Pennsylvania Champion for Change in December by Models for Change, a national initiative aimed at rehabilitating delinquent adolescents. She…
Juvie bills merit swift approval
5/25/2011, Times Leader
By Editorial
When adults make errors in juvenile court, the children don’t get a “do-over” of their most formative years. IT LOOKED LIKE a little thing in Tuesday’s Times Leader, literally…
Illinois Legislature Approves Bill Encouraging Local Treatment for Juveniles When in Best Interest of the Youth and Their Communities
5/25/2011
By Illinois Models for Change
SPRINGFIELD, IL -- The Illinois General Assembly has approved legislation directing juvenile court judges to consider whether treatment in a youth's community would be a better option than sentencing…
Speaker in Tri-Cities to Talk About Gangs
5/20/2011, KNDU
KENNEWICK, Wash. -- A nationally recognized speaker stopped in the Tri-Cities Friday to talk about gangs. More than 200 community leaders, including police officers, educators, and mental health…
Profile for Change: Arthur D. Bishop
5/18/2011
By Illinois Models for Change
Arthur D. Bishop Director, Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice For more than 35 years, social service has been a part of Arthur D. Bishop’s daily life. Bishop, the Director of the…
Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Catherine "Kitty" Kimball Addresses Joint Session of the Louisiana Legislature
5/16/2011
By Louisiana Models for Change
Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Catherine “Kitty” Kimball addressed the legislative joint session of the House and Senate on Tuesday, May 3, 2011. During her remarks, Kimball…
All-Sites Meeting Highlights Successes, Ramps Up Energy for Next Phase of Work
5/9/2011
By Washington State Models for Change
Twice yearly, the Center for Children & Youth Justice (CCYJ) hosts a Washington Models for Change (WA-MfC) All-Sites meeting, an all-day event wherein participants can share successes and ideas,…
Statistics Don't Tell Total Child Abuse Story
5/8/2011, The Patriot-News
By Jeanette Krebs
Recently the state released its annual report on child abuse. As Gov. Tom Corbett wrote in one of the first pages, the number of cases of substantiated child abuse reports declined to 14.9 percent…
Wilkes University names commencement speaker
5/5/2011, Citizens Voice
Attorney Robert Listenbee, who was appointed to the Interbranch Commission on Juvenile Justice investigated the Luzerne County Courthouse scandal, is the commencement speaker for Wilkes University's…
Without a Smoking Gun
5/2/2011, The Chicago Reporter
By Angela Caputo
Atreyu Spears fidgeted anxiously as he sat in the bullpen, a corner of the Cook County courthouse where detainees wait for the bailiff to walk them to the judge’s bench. The past 69 days had…
The importance of juvenile court
4/30/2011, The Daily News
By Tierra A. Busby
In a recent Daily News interview, Superior Court appointee Gary Bashor noted that some of a judge's most important work takes place in juvenile court. He advocated more funds for juvenile courts,…
This School Struggled With Detentions, So They Asked For Students' Help. Guess What? It's Working.
4/18/2011, UpWorthy
Models for Change video on peer juries in Illinois is featured on UpWorthy. A peer jury at Manual High School in Peoria, Illinois, has helped to dramatically reduce the number of teens entering…
Illinois State Bar Association Provides New Guide to Help Communities Reduce Juvenile Delinquency
4/5/2011
By Illinois Models for Change
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) is encouraging more citizens to get involved in juvenile justice reform in their communities and is offering a free booklet…
Louisiana Moves Full Steam Ahead in Coordinating Aid to At-Risk Youth
3/30/2011
By Louisiana Models for Change
Four state agencies in Louisiana are collaborating to improve aid for children with emotional and mental needs, with the goal of keeping more youth with behavior problems in their homes, as well as…
Counties Trying to Find Juvenile Justice Money
3/22/2011, Tri-City Herald
By Kristi Pihl
Benton and Franklin county commissioners are searching for money to shut the "revolving door" for juvenile criminals at the bicounty juvenile justice center. But even finding $187,000 to increase…
Juvenile Justice Changes in Illinois Praised
3/20/2011, Associated Press
CHICAGO -- A national organization that advocates keeping youth younger than 18 out of the adult court system is applauding Illinois for recent legislative changes. The Campaign for Youth Justice…
Louisiana's High Incarceration and Dropout Rates Concern Youth Advocates
3/18/2011, The News Star
By Karina Vailes
Louisiana has the No. 1 spot in the number of adults incarcerated, 20 percent more young people incarcerated than the national average and a higher dropout rate than the national average. With …
New “Juvenile Justice 101” Program Provides Assistance to Washington Families
3/8/2011
By Washington State Models for Change
It’s a call that is frightening for any parent to receive: a probation screener is on the line, informing a mother or father that a child is in police detention. But now in Washington…
Racing to Keep Children Out of Prison
2/14/2011
By Louisiana Models for Change
Sibil Fox Richardson ran her first marathon in New Orleans on Sunday, February 13. However, Richardson had a far more important message to deliver during her run: As the world leader in…
Transforming Juvenile Justice: Lawyers Making A Difference
2/1/2011, Illinois Bar Journal
By Mark Hassikis, President of the Illinois State Bar Association, and Lisa Jacobs, Illinois Models for Change
A look at three lawyers who are helping to create a more fair, effective, and rational juvenile justice system in Illinois, often by starting in their own communities. Last month's President's Page…
Dually Involved Youth Require a Coordinated Effort
1/25/2011
By Keith Wallington, Justice Policy Institute
Children that come into contact with both the juvenile justice and child welfare systems are classified in one of three ways depending on the jurisdiction, according to author John A. Tuell. These…
Models for Change Makes Progress
1/18/2011, Peoria Journal Star
By Jackson Adams
PEORIA — For the last few months, the Models for Change initiative has been making inroads with restorative justice, one victim and one perpetrator at a time. "We've made a lot of…
West Valley Community Truancy Board is Honored
1/14/2011
By Washington State Models for Change
In December 2010, the West Valley Community Truancy Board received the Community Award from the Washington State Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. The received the honor for…
Pre-adjudication Diversion Efforts Improve Juvenile Justice Outcomes in Pennsylvania
1/5/2011
By Amy Ruff, Lourdes Rosado, George Mosee and Michael Pennington
The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Committee (JJDPC) of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, which advises the Commission on the distribution of federal and state…
Louisiana's Top Juvenile Justice Official Sees Improvement at Youth Center
1/5/2011
By Louisiana Models for Change
Mary Livers, Deputy Secretary of the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice (OJJ), along with the director of Monroe's Swanson Center for Youth say conditions at the center continue to improve, despite…
New Laws in Illinois Reform Juvenile Justice System and Provide Added Protections for Juveniles
1/4/2011
By Illinois Models for Change
Reforms aimed at improving the juvenile parole system and encouraging early delivery of mental health treatment and other services took effect in Illinois with the start of the new year, and the…
JJDPC Addresses Diversion
1/1/2011, The Newsletter of The Pennsylvania Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission
The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Committee (JJDPC) of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, which advises the Commission on the distribution of federal and state…
What if it Were Your Child?
1/1/2011, Illinois Bar Journal
By By Mark Hassikis, President of the Illinois State Bar Association, and Lisa Jacobs, Illinois Models for Change
What would the juvenile justice system look like if we knew our sons, daughters, and grandchildren would go through it? Remember the really stupid things you did as a teenager? If pressed, virtually…
Judge Honored for Juvenile Justice Reform
12/30/2010, West Side Leader
DOWNTOWN AKRON — The MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change initiative honored Summit County Juvenile Court Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio as a Champion for Change in juvenile justice…
Timberlake Honored for Work in Juvenile Justice System
12/20/2010, The Southern Illinoisan
George W. Timberlake of Mount Carmel, retired chief judge of the Second Judicial Circuit, has been honored for his dedication and accomplishments in improving the juvenile justice system in Illinois.…
Supporting Young People Out of the Justice System
12/15/2010, The Guardian (UK)
By Randeep Ramesh
Clay Yeager spent two decades in America's criminal justice system getting more disillusioned every day as children who had been alienated, disturbed and living in households too poor to do anything…
Voice of Leadership Award Presented to Illinois Models for Change Leader
12/15/2010
By Illinois Models for Change
Pictured from left to right: Pamela F. Rodriguez, president of Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC); George W. Timberlake, Chair of the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission; and Colleen…
Jacksonville Journal: Assistant Public Defender Honored as Champion for Change
12/13/2010, Florida Times-Union
Assistant Public Defender Rob Mason, director of the juvenile unit for the 4th Judicial Circuit, was recently honored as a Champion for Change by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur…
Jeff Juvenile Services Director Named Champion of Change
12/10/2010, Times-Picayune
By Andrea Shaw
Jefferson Parish Juvenile Services director Roy Juncker has been named a "Champion for Change'' by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for his work in seeking to reform the juvenile…
Patricia Torbet Honored as Champion for Change in Juvenile Justice Reform
12/8/2010
By Pennsylvania Models for Change
For Immediate Release Contact: Shannon Ensminger 717-699-2206 Patricia Torbet Honored as Champion for Change in Juvenile Justice Reform Pittsburgh, PA (December 8, 2010) – Patricia Torbet,…
Roy Juncker Honored as Champion for Change in Juvenile Justice Reform
12/7/2010
By Louisiana Models for Change
For Immediate Release Contact: Elliot Hutchinson (225) 344-0381 ehutchinson@hdaissues.com December 7, 2010 Roy Juncker Honored as Champion for Change in Juvenile Justice Reform Will Be…
Rick Velasquez, Veteran Chicago Youth Justice Advocate, Honored as Champion for Change in Juvenile Justice Reform
12/6/2010
By Illinois Models for Change
CHICAGO – Rick Velasquez, executive director of Youth Outreach Services (YOS), is being honored by the MacArthur Foundation-supported Models for Change juvenile justice systems reform…
Champion for Change Jason Witt
12/1/2010, Models for Change
By DMC Action Network
Deputy Director Rock County, Wisconsin Human Services Department Read the complete 2010 Champions for Change program. “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.” So…
Champion for Change Honorable Linda Tucci Teodosio
12/1/2010, Models for Change
By Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Action Network
Judge, Summit County, Ohio Juvenile Court Read the complete 2010 Champions for Change program. Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio is a compassionate leader, who understands the need for accountability but…
Champion for Change Robert W. Mason
12/1/2010, Models for Change
By Juvenile Indigent Defense Action Network
Director of Juvenile Court for the Fourth Judicial Circuit Public Defender Office, Florida Read the complete 2010 Champions for Change program. Children in Florida once went before the court in…
Champion for Change Susan N. Dreyfus
12/1/2010, Models for Change
By Washington
Secretary, State of Washington Department of Social and Health Services Read the complete 2010 Champions for Change program. When she was appointed Secretary of Washington State’s…
Champion for Change Roy L. Juncker, Jr.
12/1/2010, Models for Change
By Louisiana
Director, Jefferson Parish. Louisiana Department of Juvenile Services Read the complete 2010 Champions for Change program. Roy Juncker, once the Chief of Police in the small Jefferson Parish city…
Champion for Change Rick Velasquez
12/1/2010, Models for Change
By Illinois
Director, Youth Outreach Services Read the complete 2010 Champions for Change program. Rick Velasquez has lived in the Chicago area his entire life. Velasquez became involved with Youth Outreach…
Champion for Change Patricia Torbet
12/1/2010, Models for Change
By Pennsylvania
Senior Research Associate National Center for Juvenile Justice Read the complete 2010 Champions for Change program. When a small group of juvenile justice leaders met to dream up Models for…
2010 Champions for Change
12/1/2010
The Champions for Change recognizes one Models for Change leader or partner from each of the four core Models for Change states (Illinois, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Washington) and each of the Models…
Justice for Juveniles
11/30/2010, Carmi Times
Mt. Vernon, Ill. — The Illinois Association of Juvenile Justice Councils has been formed to help convene new juvenile justice councils and link them with others in the state in an effort to…
Jetson Center for Youth Shows Off Its Reformed Ways
11/10/2010
By Louisiana Models for Change
Several years ago, a common sight at Jetson Center for Youth was shackled and handcuffed teenagers clad in orange jumpsuits shuffling across the prison campus under the watchful eyes of uniformed…
Expansion of Balanced and Restorative Justice Welcomed by Peoria, Illinois
11/8/2010
By Illinois Models for Change
PEORIA, IL -- After establishing a successful track record of resolving behavior problems in Peoria schools through the use of Balanced and Restorative Justice principles, a similar approach is being…
Building Awareness, Preparing for Change
11/5/2010
By Daveda Russell
Washington’s Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration (JRA) is committed to addressing disproportionate minority contact across Washington state. The Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) team,…
Berks County Evening Reporting Center Awarded Top State Honors
11/4/2010
By Marie Yeager
Harrisburg, PA (November 4, 2010) – The Pennsylvania Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission named the Children’s Home of Reading Evening Reporting Center as the Community-Based Program…
Faces in the News: Robert N. Williams, Berks County Chief Juvenile Probation Officer
11/3/2010, Reading Eagle
By Holly Herman
Why he's in the news: Williams said the slaying of 15-year-old Willy Tineo-Ferreira in September is a horrible tragedy, but not an indication that juvenile crime in Berks is on the rise. (The…
Profile for Change: Damon Baldone
11/3/2010
By Louisiana Models for Change
Louisiana District 53 State Representative Damon Baldone from Houma, Louisiana As a Louisiana state representative, Baldone has garnered a reputation for handling tough issues related to crime…
Illinois Makes Progress But Has Not Achieved the Juvenile Justice System Envisioned by Jane Addams
10/7/2010
By Illinois Models for Change
By the time the keynote speaker at the annual Jane Addams Symposium had finished explaining what is right and wrong about the juvenile justice system in America and in Illinois in particular, the…
Profile for Change: Patricia Torbet
10/7/2010
The juvenile justice community honors the life and work of Pat Torbet, Dec. 7, 1951-Sept. 23, 2011 In her role as a Senior Researcher at the National Center for Juvenile Justice, Pat…
Understanding the Long-Term Consequences of Juvenile Adjudication
10/1/2010, PA Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals Newsletter
Educators know better than anyone that many children and teens arrive at school each morning carrying some heavy baggage from home. For adolescents and teens, problems at home often lead to troubles…
Summit Addresses Juvenile Justice
9/30/2010, The News-Star
By Staci Parks
The goal to create a model juvenile drug court in the 4th District was a main topic of discussion Wednesday at the Joint Juvenile Justice Summit. District attorneys, judges, attorneys and probation…
Program for city targets families to stop youth violence
9/23/2010, Reading Eagle
By Holly Herman
It was only a decade ago that Reading's reputation as a crime-ridden city began to alarm the community and local, state and federal law enforcement. There were 38 murders in Berks County, including…
What “Sustainability” Means for Juvenile Justice Reform
9/23/2010
By Jason Szanyi, Skadden Fellow, Center for Children's Law and Policy
What “Sustainability” Means for Juvenile Justice Reform Innovative Strategies to Make Reforms Last in the DMC Action Network When the MacArthur Foundation launched the Disproportionate…
Resolutions by Consensus
9/21/2010, Peoria Journal
By Pam Adams
PEORIA, IL — Community peace conferences have already had an effect on Peoria police Sgt. Shawn Wetzel, and the program hasn't officially started yet. "Being in law enforcement 17 years, we've…
Jobs and Future Stalled by Records Thought Secret
9/16/2010, WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio
By Linda Paul
(Illinois Models for Change note: Legislation enacted this year in Illinois improved the process for those 18 and older to clear their records of a first offense misdemeanor as a juvenile, and it…
Text of Julie L. Biehl's Keynote Address at the Jane Addams Hull House Association
9/16/2010
By Julie L. Biehl
Jane Addams Hull House Association Jane Addams Symposium Chicago, Illinois September 16, 2010 Keynote Address by Julie L. Biehl Director, Children & Family Justice Center Northwestern…
Illinois Juvenile Justice Reform Leader to Address International Conference
9/15/2010
By Illinois Models for Change
Elizabeth Clarke, founder and president of the Juvenile Justice Initiative (JJI) in Illinois, has accepted an invitation to address an international audience of juvenile justice reform advocates. In…
Norwegians Learn Discipline Strategies at Kiefer School
9/15/2010, Peoria Journal Star (Peoria, IL)
By Pam Adams
Bodo, a town in Norway just north of the Arctic Circle, lies in a region of about 75,000 people where gun violence is so rare police officers keep their guns in their cars until needed. The region…
Juvenile Arrests Can Cast A Long Shadow
9/15/2010, WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio
By Linda Paul
(Illinois Models for Change note: Illinois enacted legislation, effective Jan. 1, 2010, prohibiting the transfer of confidential juvenile arrest records from the Department of State Police to the…
Stolen Futures - Seventeen
8/31/2010, The Chicago Reporter
By Angela Caputo
As police pinned Derrick Reed to the hood of a squad car, one thought raced through his mind: “Oh, man. I’m going to go away. I’m 17 now.” The East Garfield Park teen’s…
Calcasieu Sets Standards for Juvenile Justice
8/29/2010
By Louisiana Models for Change
Calcasieu Parish has been asked to help develop standards for juvenile justice detention centers around the state. House Bill 1477, enacted this summer, outlines the development of “best…
Opinion: Young Offenders are Different
8/27/2010, The News-Star (Monroe, Louisiana)
By Dana Kaplan
Currently in Louisiana there are 897 individuals behind bars for crimes committed as juveniles. Of these 897, almost half, 394, were prosecuted as adults, bypassing the juvenile justice system…
NCLR Highlights Juvenile Justice at its 2010 Annual Conference
8/11/2010
By The National Council of La Raza
The National Council of La Raza (NCLR)—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—presented two juvenile justice workshops and held a…
Juvenile Detention Reform Helping to Ease Overcrowding
8/6/2010
By Louisiana Models for Change
In Shreveport, Louisiana, Caddo Juvenile Detention Center's small cell blocks are reserved mostly for teens charged with armed robbery, sex crimes and other violent felony offenses. Despite a…
Reforming Juvenile Justice in Pennsylvania
8/3/2010
By John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
An innovative new approach to juvenile justice reform in Berks County, Pennsylvania, is helping to improve community safety while reducing the number of young people in secure detention and…
Editorial: Recommit to Serving Troubled Teens
8/3/2010, The Daily Herald
It's been nearly a year since a 16-year-old boy took his own life inside a state youth prison in St. Charles. Nearly a year to look at what went wrong. Nearly a year for change to happen. We've…
Experts Recommend Improvements In Identifying and Treating Youth with Behavioral Health Needs in Illinois Youth Centers
7/29/2010
By Illinois Models for Change
A team of independent experts reviewing programming at the request of the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) director Kurt Friedenauer reported Thursday that Illinois has made some progress in…
Journalists Briefed on Assessment of Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice Policies
7/29/2010
By Illinois Models for Change
Journalists were briefed Thursday (July 29) on an independent assessment of Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) policies, practices and programs for youth with mental health and substance…
ISBA President Will Work on Juvenile Justice Reform
7/22/2010, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
By Mark D. Hassakis
To the editor: The appointment last week of a new state juvenile justice chief — a veteran of the state's child welfare system — signals a new era in juvenile justice reform. Mr. Arthur…
Illinois Governor Quinn Signs “Sexting” Law
7/19/2010, Illinois Government News Network
By Kevin Lee
(Illinois Models for Change note: The Juvenile Justice Initiative and other Illinois Models for Change partners helped educate lawmakers about the need to revise sex offender laws and provide…
Illinois Governor Quinn Names Acting Juvenile Justice Director
7/16/2010, Office of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 16, 2010 Governor Quinn Names Acting Juvenile Justice Director Veteran Administrator, Child Welfare Expert Arthur Bishop to Lead Agency Merger with the Department of…
What Happens in Juvenile Court, Doesn't Always Stay in Juvenile Court - The Myths and Realities about Juvenile Records and Expungements
7/15/2010, The Jurisdiction - Allegheny County Probation
By Judge Kim Clark
Contrary to popular belief, what happens in juvenile court, doesn't always stay in juvenile court. A juvenile record can follow a person for the rest of their lives. This can include the record of…
Your Mail: Uniform Standards Coming
7/14/2010, The Alexandria Town Talk
By Louisiana State Representative Damon Baldone
During the recent session, the Legislature took a long-awaited -- and very necessary -- step toward juvenile justice reform. In collaboration with the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana and the…
Reform Helps Ease Overcrowding
7/9/2010, The Shreveport Times
By Loresha Wilson
SHREVEPORT, La. — Caddo Juvenile Detention Center's small cell blocks are reserved mostly for teens charged with armed robbery, sex crimes and other violent felony offenses. Despite a reported…
Latino Leaders Engaged
6/29/2010
By Washington State Models for Change
Latino leaders in Benton and Franklin counties are aligning and strategizing for change. As a follow up to their initial meeting in late May, local Latino leaders have agreed to continue meeting to…
Fast Forward Call Center Funded
6/29/2010
By Washington State Models for Change
Benton and Franklin counties received fantastic news in support of their truancy efforts. The Eastern Washington Models for Change site recently learned that United Way has awarded over 65% of the…
Law Enforcement-Based Diversion: Helping Youth at a Critical Stage
6/28/2010
By Kathy Skowyra, Associate Director, Mental Health/Juvenile Justice Action Network
Young people in the juvenile justice system are experiencing mental health disorders at a rate that is three times that of youth who are not in the system. Studies have shown that the majority of…
Juvenile Detention Standards Bill Hits Governor's Desk
6/18/2010
By Louisiana Models for Change
A major, long-awaited step in reform of Louisiana's juvenile justice system is now an imminent reality. The Senate voted unanimously in late June to pass Rep. Damon Baldone's House Bill 1477, which…
Legislation Would Set Standard for Juvenile Detention
6/17/2010, The News Star
By Matthew Hamilton
The Louisiana Legislature has passed a bill that would set standards for juvenile detention facilities, one of the long-deferred promises from the state's landmark juvenile justice reform…
Months After Killing, Chicago School Looks Ahead
6/1/2010, NPR
By Cheryl Corley
More than eight months after the horrific beating death of Chicago teenager Derrion Albert, students and officials at Fenger Academy say the climate at the high school has changed for the better.
Commission reveals truth, recommendations should be adopted
5/30/2010, Times Tribune
Former Judges Michael T. Conahan and Mark A. Ciavarella naturally have been the focus of public attention for the perversion of justice in the Luzerne County court system. Mr. Conahan has agreed to…
Commission casts a wide net of blame and suggests array of safeguards to protect youths
5/28/2010, Times Leader
By Terrie Morgan-Besecker and Mark Guydish
HARRISBURG – The commission investigating the Luzerne County juvenile justice scandal issued a final report Thursday that casts a wide net of blame and offers suggestions to ensure that such a…
Luzerne kids-for-cash scandal inspires recommendations for juvenile justice reform
5/27/2010, Juvenile Law Center
Question Remains: When Will Recommendations Become Law and Policy? Philadelphia, PA (May 27, 2010)—Juvenile Law Center applauds the Interbranch Commission on Juvenile Justice for its thorough…
Panel issues report on ways to overhaul juvenile justice system in Pa
5/27/2010, Philadelphia Inquirer
By AMY WORDEN AND TRISH WILSON
In a harsh and devastating report, a commission set up to investigate the "kids for cash" scandal in Pennsylvania's Luzerne County issued far-reaching recommendations Thursday aimed at overhauling…
Investigations into Suicides in Juvenile System Leave Families Wanting More
5/27/2010, Chicago Tribune
By Steve Mills and Louise Kiernan, Tribune reporters
On a cold, gray February morning, Cheryl Miller sat on a bus cradling the gym bag that held the box with her son's ashes. For five months, the ashes had sat in the embalming room of a Chicago…
Semi-Annual Juvenile Probation Manager Conference
5/27/2010
By Washington State Models for Change
In order to create a body of support for probation managers from across the state, court officials in Washington State hold a semi-annual Juvenile Probation Manager Conference. The goal of the…
Suicides by Troubled Teens Expose Safety Breakdowns Behind Bars
5/25/2010, Chicago Tribune
By Steve Mills and Louise Kiernan, Tribune reporters
Sometime before 3:09 a.m. on Sept. 1, 2009, Jamal Miller began to tear the bedsheet in his room at the Illinois Youth Center in St. Charles. The stocky 16-year-old tied the sheet to a sock and tied…
National Juvenile Justice Network to present Jefferson Parish's Children and Youth Planning Board with Award for Leadership in Juvenile Justice Reform
5/20/2010
By Louisiana Models for Change
The National Juvenile Justice Network will present the Jefferson Parish Children and Youth Planning Board with its Award for Leadership in Juvenile Justice Reform. This is the inaugural year for the…
Bryan Stevenson on Juveniles Sentenced to Life Without Parole
5/17/2010
By John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on May 17, 2010, that juveniles may not be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for a non-homicide. Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of…
Ogle County Juvenile Diversion Programs See Success
5/15/2010, Freeport Journal-Standard
By Travis Morse
Oregon, Ill. — To Sherri Egan, Ogle County’s new emphasis on diversion programs for non-violent juvenile offenders, as opposed to incarceration, has had a positive impact on the community…
Juvenile Justice Program Working in Ogle County
5/11/2010, WREX-TV, Rockford, Illinois
By Bill Miston
Ogle County's States Attorney says an effort to keep kids out of court is working. In 2007, the county moved away from traditional punishment for youth offenders focusing more on community…
Kids in Prison: Fixing Illinois' Juvenile Justice System
4/29/2010, Illinois Times
By Patrick Yeagle
What do you do when you catch a criminal? Conventional wisdom says you lock them up and hope prison scares them straight. But what if that doesn’t work, and what if that criminal is only 13…
Our Kids: Our Business. A Unique Call to Action in Spokane County
4/27/2010
By Washington State Models for Change
The symbol of Our Kids: Our Business is the pinwheel. To recognize this event, every April thousands of pinwheels are planted around the community and signs are posted as a reminder of the importance…
Spokane County Juvenile Court and West Valley School District Truancy Collaboration
4/27/2010
By Washington State Models for Change
When students are not in school they cannot learn. Their futures are extremely limited. This is illustrated by the fact that 60% of the inmates in our jail system are dropouts. Juvenile Court placed…
The Hard Labor of Reform: Despite Progress, Juvenile Justice Overhaul Still Lags Original Vision
4/26/2010, The News Star
By Matthew Hamilton
Louisiana's juvenile justice reformers put the fate of children above all else in their founding document. "The Legislature hereby finds and declares that the children and families of Louisiana are…
Berks Program Gives Young Offenders a Shot at Redemption
4/19/2010, Reading Eagle
By Holly Herman
Wes Morris and his mother, Renee, dicuss Berks County's Community Youth Aid Panel program, which was so successful in putting Wes on a good path that Renee decided to get involved. When Wes Morris…
Jefferson Parish Department of Juvenile Services Director Roy Juncker Jr. Shines Light on a Dark Subject
4/19/2010
By Louisiana Models for Change
Jefferson Parish Department of Juvenile Services (DJS) Director Roy L. Juncker Jr. received the Light of Hope Award for Outstanding Community Professional by the Court Appointed Special Advocates…
Taking Responsibility for Youth Justice
4/12/2010, Chicago Tribune
By Elizabeth Clarke, President, Juvenile Justice Initiative
Tribune readers should have been shocked to learn that more than 10 percent of the youths in state prisons have served their sentences but remain locked up because the state agency responsible for…
Effective Strategy on Juvenile Crime Has Southern Illinois Roots
4/8/2010, The Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale, Illinois
By The Southern Illinoisan
Our View: New approach to juvenile justice in Illinois is neither "soft" nor "tough" on crime. It looks at the whole juvenile and is "smart" on crime. When Chief Circuit Judge George Timberlake…
Retired Judge Leads State's Juvenile Justice System
4/5/2010, The Southern Illinoisan
By Adam Testa
CARBONDALE - Retired Chief Circuit Court Judge George Timberlake believes Illinois has taken great strides in improving judicial treatment of youth in recent years and hopes to see further…
ULM Hosts Fourth Meeting of Juvenile Justice Summit
4/1/2010, The News-Star
By Stephen Largen
Louisiana juvenile justice stakeholders gathered at the University of Louisiana at Monroe on Wednesday for the fourth in a series of six meetings discussing alternative methods for handling troubled…
The 30th Annual Louisiana Governor’s Conference on Juvenile Justice Showcases the Best and Brightest of the Juvenile Justice Reform Movement
3/29/2010
By Louisiana Models for Change
The 30th Annual Louisiana Governor’s Conference on Juvenile Justice, held earlier this month in New Orleans, Louisiana, proved to be a defining moment in the state’s juvenile justice…
The Children of Transfer
3/26/2010
By Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana
In Louisiana there are currently 897 people incarcerated for crimes committed before their 17th birthday. Of these 897, 394 are currently incarcerated in adult prisons. "The Children of Transfer"…
Helping Prisoners Can Cut Recidivism
3/19/2010
By Louisiana Models for Change (Courtesy of Dane Bolin, Director of Calcasieu Parish Office of Juvenile Justice Services)
Letter to the Editor For the Lake Charles American Press March 18, 2010 RE: Editorial – Helping prisoners can cut recidivism In a recent editorial, some statistics were presented…
Acadia Youth Council Hears Advice
3/19/2010
By Louisiana Models for Change (Howell Dennis)
Acadia Youth Council hears advice By Howell Dennis NEWS EDITOR, The Crowley Post Signal Members of the Acadia Youth Council gathered at the Sheriff’s Department Thursday afternoon…
New NCLR Fact Sheet Shows Young Latinos Overrepresented in Juvenile Justice System and Adult Prison Facilities
3/18/2010
By NCLR (National Council of La Raza)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 18, 2010 Contact: Sherria Cotton (202) 785-1670 NEW NCLR FACT SHEET SHOWS YOUNG LATINOS OVERREPRESENTED IN JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM AND ADULT PRISON…
Kids Killing kids
3/15/2010, Chicago Tribune
The lost boys look crisp in T-shirts and desert-tan dungarees. The black letters that spill down one leg of each trousers, "IDOC," mark Bill Bigeck and Eddie Morfin as wards of the Illinois…
Behavior Strategists Help Students in Tough Times
3/15/2010
By Louisiana Models for Change (courtesy of Karina Donica)
From Alexandria, Louisiana newspaper The Town Talk: Diahn Fleury still remembers her days teaching a group of emotionally disturbed children 12 years ago at North Bayou Elementary School and…
Illinois Increases Juvenile Court Age Cutoff to 17
3/12/2010, Chicago Tribune
By Jeff Long
When a 17-year-old girl was caught stealing $300 worth of clothing at a mall a few weeks ago, she was charged with a misdemeanor in juvenile court. Before Jan. 1, she could have been in even bigger…
National Symposium Highlights Juvenile Indigent Defense
3/9/2010
By Rey Banks, National Juvenile Defender Center
The juvenile defense agenda was squarely and resolutely placed on the indigent defense landscape at the 2010 National Symposium on Indigent Defense hosted by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and the…
New Data on Sanctions and Services Supports the Use of Non-Institutional Alternatives
3/9/2010
By LaWanda Johnson
Does placing youth who commit offenses in expensive, out-of-home placements improve their chances of not reoffending? New preliminary data from the Pathways to Desistance study reported by the…
Scandals Highlight the Need for Juvenile Justice Reform
3/4/2010, Illinois Issues
By Jamey Dunn
Just a few months ago, it looked as if the scandal surrounding the “Meritorious Good Time Push” prisoner-release program could cost Gov. Pat Quinn a win in the primary election. Under the…
Illinois Models for Change Leader Honored as Faculty Member of the Year at Loyola University Chicago
3/1/2010
By Illinois Models for Change
Diane Geraghty, a leader of the Illinois Models for Change, has been recognized as the 2009 Faculty Member of the Year at Loyola University Chicago. Geraghty is founder and director of the Loyola…
Illinois Governor Taps Models for Change Leaders to Help Shape Juvenile Justice Policy
2/24/2010
By Illinois Models for Change
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn recently reinvigorated the state’s Juvenile Justice Commission (IJJC) by naming 16 new members to the 25-member advisory group. Several of the new commission members…
New Chair of Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission Talks About Future of Reform in Illinois
2/24/2010
By Illinois Models for Change
Retired Judge George W. Timberlake, who is a member of the Illinois Models for Change Coordinating Council, recently was named Chair of the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission (IJJC). Timberlake…
Outreach Group Matches Homeless Teens With Adults
2/24/2010, WBBM-TV, Chicago
By Kristyn Hartman
CHICAGO -- It's tough enough growing up, but imagine having to find your way to adulthood homeless, and without a mom or dad. It happens to thousands of kids in Chicago each year. Would you be…
The 2010 CMHS National GAINS Center Conference
2/22/2010
Every two years, the National GAINS Center organizes a conference for mental health and criminal justice professionals, policymakers, consumers, family members, administrators, and researchers. The…
Kids Should Never Be Tried As Adults
2/18/2010, CNN
By Bob Schwartz
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (CNN) -- About 20 years ago, 9-year-old Cameron Kocher fired a rifle out of a window of his home in upstate Pennsylvania and hit his 7-year-old neighbor, who was riding on…
Chicago Public Radio Tells the Story of Life "Inside and Out" of the Juvenile Justice System
2/3/2010
By Illinois Models for Change
Chicago Public Radio station WBEZ-FM has begun a series of reports examining how young people get caught up in the juvenile justice system, their life inside juvenile prisons and what happens to them…
Champions for Change Award Winners: Video Clips from the 4th Annual Models for Change Working Conference
2/2/2010
By David Kindler
Here are video clips of the 2009 Champions for Change Award winners: Patricia Koch, Keith Snyder, Annie Lee, Ben Roe.
Mental Health Court Keeps Children out of Jail
2/2/2010
By Louisiana Models for Change (courtesy of Loresha Wilson)
Taken from a report in the Shreveport Louisiana newspaper, The Shreveport Times: Wearing shorts and a T-shirt, the teenager sat on the sofa in his home in Shreveport's Caddo Heights neighborhood…
Reforming Juvenile Justice
2/1/2010, The New York Times
By Tracy Velázquez
To the Editor: Re “Seeking to Send Fewer Youths to Jail, City Shifts Strategy on Delinquency” (news article, Jan. 21): It’s past time for acknowledging that America’s…
Models for Change Forum Focuses on Aftercare for Juveniles
1/28/2010
By Pennsylvania Models for Change
The fifth annual Aftercare Forum training was held December 3rd and 4th at the Days Inn at State College, PA. The forum, which was focused on highlighting the ongoing work of the Models for Change…
Jefferson Parish Juvenile Court Leads Way With Children and Youth Planning Board
1/22/2010
By Louisiana Models for Change
In October 2006, after being selected as one of the first MacArthur Foundation Louisiana grant sites, the Jefferson Parish Children and Youth Planning Board formed working committees designed to meet…
Rapides Parish - Structured Decision Making Tools for Better Alternatives
1/22/2010
By Louisiana Models for Change
Judge Patricia Koch and other judges of the 9th Judicial District Court are active partners in communitywide reform made possible with the financial support of the MacArthur Foundation's Models for…
Protecting Children from Detention Abuses
1/22/2010, Philadelphia Inquirer
By Sandra Simkins
We have learned from the Luzerne County scandal that children need lawyers when they appear before a judge. A recently released Department of Justice report shows why they also need access to lawyers…
Interbranch Commission on Juvenile Justice - Testimony of Robert Schwartz, Executive Director, Juvenile Law Center
1/21/2010
By Pennsylvania Models for Change
Judge Cleland and Members of the Commission: Thank you for inviting me to share Juvenile Law Center’s views on the Luzerne County juvenile court scandal and its implications for Pennsylvania…
Juvenile Justice Reform Initiatives Taking Place Across Louisiana
1/15/2010
By Louisiana Models for Change (courtesy of Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Catherine D. Kimball)
I applaud the member judges of the Louisiana Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges for their active support and ongoing efforts to improve and reform Louisiana’s juvenile justice…
Conference Highlights Successes in Models for Change States
1/8/2010
By LaWanda Johnson
Hundreds of Models for Change representatives from sixteen states were on hand to highlight reform progress in their states and share experiences with peers during the 4th annual Models for Change…
Beyond the Classroom: Patricia Evans Koch, 9th District Court Judge
1/4/2010
By Louisiana Models for Change
Taken from Alexandria, Louisiana newspaper The Town Talk: Beyond the Classroom: Patricia Evans Koch, 9th District Court judge Patricia Evans Koch Age: 49 Native of: Desoto…
SAMHSA Seeks Applicants for Juvenile Treatment Drug Courts Program
1/4/2010
By National Juvenile Defender Center
SAMHSA Seeks Applicants for Juvenile Treatment Drug Courts Program The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting…
Citizens of the Year aided juveniles in Luzerne County
1/3/2010, Philadelphia Inquirer
By Editorial: Seeking justice
It began with a distraught mother's phone call to the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia. Laurene Transue reported that her 15-year-old daughter, Hillary, had been sentenced to a juvenile-detention…
Juvenile Law Center Strives for Justice Reform
12/28/2009, The Legal Intelligencer
By Robert Schwartz
The Juvenile Law Center's highly publicized work on behalf of thousands of Luzerne County teens is of obvious import. It also has its ironies. Since 2004, the Juvenile Law Center has been the "lead…
Best of 2009: Juvenile Law Center's persistence pays off
12/27/2009, Harrisburg Patriot News
By Patriot-News Editorial Board
In Pennsylvania, the end of 2009 can’t come soon enough. Good riddance. It’s been a year marked by scandals and stalled budgets that brings to mind nothing short of Charlie…
Illinois Laws Offer Youth New Opportunities in 2010
12/23/2009
By Juvenile Justice Initiative
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Three new juvenile justice reform laws taking effect on January 1 will divert more low-level offenders from expensive incarceration, will reach more youths with counseling and…
Keith Snyder Honored for Mental Health Reform Efforts
12/20/2009, Juvenile Court Judges' Commission Newsletter
By Marie Yeager
Keith Snyder, Deputy Director of the Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission, was honored by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation as a Champion for Change in juvenile justice reform for…
Task Force on Transforming Juvenile Justice in New York State Releases Recommendations
12/14/2009, Vera Institute of Justice
Governor David A. Paterson’s Task Force on Transforming Juvenile Justice has released its plan—developed with support from Vera’s Center on Youth Justice—for reforming…
Rapides Parish Judge Nationally Honored
12/13/2009
By Louisiana Models for Change (courtesy of Elliot A. Hutchinson))
Ninth Judicial District Judge Patricia Evans Koch will be honored as a 2009 Champion for Change in juvenile justice reform for her work locally and across the state. Koch will be recognized by…
Ogle County State’s Attorney John B. “Ben” Roe Honored as Champion for Change in Juvenile Justice Reform
12/7/2009
By Models for Change Illinois
Will Be Recognized at National Meeting of MacArthur-Supported Models for Change Juvenile Justice Reform Initiative CHICAGO – Ogle County State’s Attorney John B. “Ben” Roe is…
The New Faces Of Leadership (The Forward 50: Marsha Levick)
12/4/2009, The Jewish Daily Forward
By Jane Eisner
It has since been called the most serious incident of judicial corruption in the nation’s history. But when Marsha Levick, 58, and her colleagues from the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia…
Better Parenting: Home Visits Show Young Mom How to Break Her Family's Cycle of Violence; Mom Can Imprint Alternatives to Aggressive Behavior on Her 1-Year-Old Son -- But it Must Be Done Now, Research Shows
12/3/2009, Chicago Tribune
By Stephanie Banchero
Shantell Thomas stood in front of her son's strawberry-flavored birthday cake, jaw clenched, knuckles white from the ferocious grip she had on the 10-inch carving knife.
OJJDP Invites Comments on Proposed FY 2010 Program Plan
12/2/2009, The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has published a Notice of its Proposed Plan for Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 in the December 1, 2009, Federal Register. The Proposed Plan…
Developmental Psychologist Says Teenagers Are Different
12/1/2009, The New York Times
By Claudia Dreifus
Laurence Steinberg, a developmental psychologist at Temple University in Philadelphia, is one of the leading experts in the United States on adolescent behavior and adolescent brain biology. Dr.…
Innovative Network Enacting Juvenile Indigent Defense Systemic Change, One State at a Time
12/1/2009
By LaWanda Johnson
In 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court held in In re Gault, that all children have due process rights, most notably a constitutional right to be represented by counsel in delinquency court proceedings. …
Champion for Change: Hon. Patricia E. Koch
12/1/2009, Models for Change
By Louisiana
Judge Division “E” Ninth Judicial District Court, Rapides Parish, Louisiana Read the complete 2009 Champions for Change program. From the bench, or across the conference table,…
Champion for Change: Keith Snyder
12/1/2009, Models for Change
By Pennsylvania
Deputy Director Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission, Pennsylvania Read the complete 2009 Champions for Change program. Simply calling Keith Snyder a “team leader” is a vast…
Champion for Change: John B. Roe IV
12/1/2009, Models for Change
By Illinois
Ogle County State’s Attorney, Oregon, Illinois Read the complete 2009 Champions for Change program. People in Illinois are standing up and taking notice of Ben Roe for his strong…
Champion for Change: Anne Lee
12/1/2009, Models for Change
By Washington
Executive Director, TeamChild Seattle, Washington Read the complete 2009 Champions for Change program. It is next to impossible to name a committee or task force addressing juvenile justice…
James Rieland Honored for Exceptional Contributions to Juvenile Justice Reform in Pennsylvania
11/23/2009
By Models for Change Pennsylvania
James J. Rieland, Director of Allegheny County Probation and critical fixture in Pennsylvania’s Models for Change initiative, has been awarded the Dennis M. Maloney Award for his exceptional…
SAMHSA Will Provide $39.6 Million To Support Juvenile and Adult Reentry and Recovery Services
11/23/2009
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is currently accepting applications for the Offender Reentry Program. The purpose of the program is to expand or enhance…
Re-Arrest Rate Lower for Illinois Juveniles Receiving Mental Health Treatment
11/18/2009
By Juvenile Justice Initiative
According to a project funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, 66 percent of youth involved in the juvenile justice system had a diagnosable psychiatric condition. The Mental Health…
Temple Prof Wins $1 Million Research Prize
11/11/2009, The Philadelphia Inquirer
By Susan Snyder
Temple University professor Laurence Steinberg won a $1 million international award for his research on developmental adolescent psychology - which also has made him a leading scholar on national…
Models for Change Stakeholder and Latino Juvenile Justice Network Coordinator Edwin Desamour Featured on CNN
11/9/2009, CNN
By Bill Mears
Two cases may change the way teens are punished November 9, 2009 10:50 a.m. EST Allentown, Pennsylvania (CNN) -- Sixty miles and the twin tragedies of young lives lost to violence link this…
New Approach Helps Ogle Youth Break Crime Cycle
11/9/2009, Rockford Register Star (Rockford, Illinois)
The problem with incarceration is that it ends, Ogle County Associate Judge Kathleen Kauffmann rightly points out. Putting a person in jail starts a terrible cycle. The person gets out, can’t…
Juvenile Justice Reform Progress in Spokane County
11/5/2009
By Washington State Models for Change
Models for Change staff in Washington is excited about the progress Spokane County is making with alternative options in juvenile justice. Through collaborated efforts, Spokane County has expanded…
Models for Change Mental Health Coordinator Named PA Juvenile Probation Supervisor of the Year
11/4/2009, Juvenile Court Judges' Commission
Mary Gaspari began her career with the Chester County Juvenile Probation Department in 1998 as a juvenile probation officer. From 2000 to 2003 she was the Balanced and Restorative Justice…
National Council of La Raza Hosts Latino Children and Youth Symposium
11/3/2009
By National Council of La Raza
On October 22, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) brought together nearly 200 community leaders, academics, advocates, practitioners, and policymakers to discuss the well-being of Latino children…
Two Systems Come Together in Illinois with a Common Goal of Helping Juveniles in Trouble
10/22/2009
By Illinois Models for Change
DuPage County, Illinois’ second largest county, is well known as an economic and political powerhouse. More recently, the county also is earning a reputation as a leader in the field of…
Saving young offenders is project's goal
10/21/2009, Sauk Valley Newspapers, Dixon and Sterling, Illinois
The criminal justice system in Ogle County is trying a new cooperative approach to discourage juvenile offenders from committing more crimes. The initiative is an effort by the Ogle County…
Report Highlights Hazards, Crumbling Infrastructure at Youth Center
10/19/2009
By John Howard Association
The Illinois Youth Center at St. Charles, where 275 boys are confined, is replete with dangerous beds, toilets, air vent covers and other hazards that provide opportunities for self-harm, according…
Lt. Gov. Tours High-Security Juvenile Detention Center
10/15/2009
By Louisiana Models for Change
Two of the six members of Louisiana's juvenile justice oversight panel took a tour Monday of a youth prison that has been hit with recent criticism that it's understaffed and overcrowded with…
Teen: Jetson changed his life
10/15/2009
By Louisiana Models for Change (courtesy of SANDY DAVIS)
A 16-year-old, Brodrick E., said Wednesday he would never have pictured himself singing in a choir. “I used to be thugging it out on the street,” he said. But his street life ended…
What is Working around Illinois
10/14/2009
By Lisa Jacobs
Models for Change is a national initiative funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to accelerate reform of juvenile justice systems across the country (www.modelsforchange.net).…
Using Balanced & Restorative Justice Effectively
10/14/2009
By Sally Wolf
Balanced and Restorative Justice (BARJ) is being used as a tool to resolve conflicts and hold youths accountable for their actions in a growing number of communities in Illinois. Word of their…
Unprecedented Agreement Reached to Assist Juveniles
10/13/2009
By Ogle County Juvenile Justice Council
OREGON, IL – Juveniles running into trouble with the law in Ogle County are finding law enforcement and probation officers coming to their assistance. Members of the Ogle County Juvenile…
Berks County Attorney Recognized for Innovative Leadership in Juvenile Justice
10/9/2009
By Marie Roda
Joseph A. Guillama, Esq. recently received the Violence Prevention Roundtable of Berks County Distinguished Leadership Award for his work with minority youth in the criminal justice system. Mr.…
Council OKs New Therapeutic Facility
10/2/2009
By Louisiana Models for Change
The St. Landry Parish Council voted 12-1 Thursday, October 1, to allow the parish to become home to a new therapeutic juvenile center. The $20 million facility will be constructed near Opelousas,…
Gang Forum Task Force Meeting Yields High Turn Out
10/1/2009
By Washington Models for Change
The Models for Change staff in Benton/Franklin County in Washington State hosted a forum to address the local gang problem and the impact that this activity has on the community. The forum served as…
Ogle County State's Attorney Ben Roe Named to State Task Force
9/29/2009
By Ogle County Juvenile Justice Council
Oregon, IL - Ogle County State’s Attorney John B. “Ben” Roe has been appointed to a new state task force to study whether 17-year-olds charged with felony offenses should be tried…
MH/JJ Action Network State of Texas Awarded One Million Dollar Grant
9/17/2009
By The Texas Juvenile Justice TBI Partnership Project
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently awarded the state of Texas with a 4-year, $1 million dollar multi-agency grant to help identify youth in the juvenile justice system who may…
Promising Models for Reforming Juvenile Justice Systems
9/8/2009, The Huffington Post
By Marian Wright Edelman
Nationally, one in three Black boys and one in six Latino boys born in 2001 are at risk of going to prison during their lifetimes. Although boys are more than five times as likely to be incarcerated…
New Jersey JIDAN Team Member Wins Award
9/4/2009
By JIDAN
Yvonne Smith Segars, New Jersey’s Public Defender since 2002, is the recipient of the 2009 Mary Philbrook Public Interest Award. A member of the New Jersey JIDAN team, Segars oversees an…
ACLU Says Guidelines Needed for Police in Schools
9/2/2009
By ACLU
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: (212) 549-2666; media@aclu.org NEW YORK - Allowing police officers to patrol school campuses without specific guidelines outlining their roles and responsibilities…
States Strategize to Keep Systemic Reform Efforts on Track
9/1/2009
By LaWanda Johnson
Community-based programs reduce the number of youth in secure placement, increase public safety and save taxpayers money. States can promote these alternative programs by changing their fiscal…
California to close its largest juvenile prison
8/28/2009, Los Angeles Times
By Michael Rothfeld
The Heman G. Stark Youth Correctional Facility in Chino will be converted into an adult prison. The move is part of a plan to 'right-size' staff at the Division of Juvenile Justice. Reporting from…
Illinois Improves Process to Help Juveniles Become Successful Adults with a Clean Slate
8/27/2009
By Juvenile Justice Initiative
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Governor Pat Quinn has signed legislation improving the process for juveniles with arrests for misdemeanor offenses to clear their records and maintaining safeguards to ensure…
Models for Change Leaders Honored for Contributions to Justice for Children
8/20/2009
Diane Geraghty and Bernardine Dohrn Honored for Juvenile Justice Reform Contributions. Awards presented by Judge Patricia Macias of El Paso, TX, the 2008-2009 President of NCJFCJ. Two leaders in…
Reform Efforts Improving Mental Health Services and Coordination for Youth
8/18/2009
By Joe Cocozza
Solomon Moore’s article New York Times article illustrates the problems with using juvenile justice systems to meet the mental health needs of youth. Fortunately, there are growing efforts to…
Young, Mentally Ill and Behind Bars
8/17/2009, New York Times
By Letters to the Editor
Re “Mentally Ill Offenders Stretch the Limits of Juvenile Justice” (front page, Aug. 10): Solitary confinement is among the harshest legal punishments that American society inflicts on…
Locking Up Fewer Children
8/14/2009, New York Times
By Editorial
In the 1990s, states and localities began sending more and more children to juvenile lockups, often for months, while they awaited trial for nonviolent offenses or even noncriminal behavior like…
Should Lawyers Be There When Cops Question Kids?
8/13/2009, WBEZ-FM, Chicago Public Radio
By WBEZ-FM, Chicago Public Radio
If you’ve lived around Chicago for more than ten years, and you hear someone talking about police interrogation of children, you probably think of the Ryan Harris case. Ryan Harris was 11 when…
Governor and General Assembly Recognize Need to Improve the Effectiveness of Reintegration of Youth Offenders
8/12/2009
By Juvenile Justice Initiative
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Gov. Pat Quinn has approved with changes legislation aimed at reducing recidivism by young offenders and improving the safety of their home communities. Senate Bill 1725…
The New Jersey Supreme Court Agrees -Right to Counsel for a Juvenile Attaches Early
8/10/2009
By Rey Cheatham Banks
The New Jersey Juvenile Indigent Defense Action Network (NJ JIDAN) team scored a major victory with the decision in In re P.M.P., in which the New Jersey Supreme Court held that the right to counsel…
Mentally Ill Offenders Strain Juvenile Justice Systems
8/9/2009, New York Times
By Solomon Moore
FRANKLIN FURNACE, Ohio — The teenager in the padded smock sat in his solitary confinement cell here in this state’s most secure juvenile prison and screamed obscenities. The youth,…
National Initiative Keeping Youths Out of Jail, Report Says
8/6/2009, Washington Post
By Henri E. Cauvin
A national juvenile justice initiative is helping reduce the number of young offenders being jailed after arrest, according to a new report by the foundation that has backed the effort. But in the…
After getting degrees in prison, former Latino inmate turns advocate
8/6/2009, News21
By Kristen Minogue
After getting degrees in prison, former Latino inmate turns advocate Elias Elizondo relives his frustration after learning at 16 that he would probably die in prison. Graduating from high…
What does 100 years in prison mean to a teenager?
8/5/2009, WBEZ-FM, Chicago Public Radio
By WBEZ-FM, Chicago Public Radio
CHICAGO -- Paula Wolff, a member of the Illinois Models for Change coordinating council, discusses appropriate sentences for juveniles, the value of rehabilitation and research about behaviors of…
New Report Documents Dramatic Reductions in Youth Detention
8/5/2009, Salem-News
Reformers Gather in DC to Review Progress. (BALTIMORE, Md.) - A new report released by the Annie C. Casey Foundation shows that two decades of juvenile justice reform have reduced youth detention,…
N.J. juveniles need lawyers
8/3/2009, The Star-Ledger
By Star-Ledger Editorial Board
There aren't a lot of decisions that kids under the age of 18 are allowed to make on their own. We have laws that restrict when and where they can work and for how long, and when they can start…
12 and in Prison
7/27/2009, New York Times
By Editorial
The Supreme Court sent an important message when it ruled in Roper v. Simmons in 2005 that children under the age of 18 when their crimes were committed were not eligible for the death penalty.…
Berks County pioneers an alternative to detention for juvenile offenders
7/25/2009, Reading Eagle
By Holly Herman
A 16-year-old Reading boy misses a three-point shot but runs off the basketball court glowing nevertheless. "I turned my life around," the youth said proudly during a break in a basketball game…
Board of Supervisors Votes to Partially Restore Public Defender's Budget
7/23/2009
By San Francisco Public Defender's Office
“I am very pleased that the Board voted to partially restore our budget,” Public Defender Jeff Adachi said. “In the end, we were able to make our case that equal justice for all San…
ULM awarded $385K grant
7/20/2009, The News-Star
By By Stephen Largen
ULM awarded $385K grant

 Funds to help address teen substance abuse

 By Stephen Largen
 slargen@monroe.gannett.com The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has awarded a $385,000…
TeamChild’s Indigent Defense Project: Improving Legal Representation for Youth
7/17/2009
By Washington Models for Change
The defense attorney plays a key role impacting the outcome of a youth’s court experience. The better trained an attorney is in juvenile proceedings, the stronger an advocate he or she will be…
Building Kids' Lives
7/16/2009, Berks Community Television
Berks Community Television presents "Building Kids' Lives" - a program presented by the Children's Home of Reading, featuring the efforts of the Berks County, PA Disproportionate Minority workgroup…
Survey shows issues with race, juvenile justice
7/10/2009, The West Virginia Record
By Steve Korris -Statehouse Bureau
CHARLESTON - Workers in West Virginia courts and sheriff's offices might need to reform their attitudes about blacks to preserve full federal funding for juvenile justice, according to a survey. Now…
Budget Cuts Eroding Progress in Juvenile Justice
7/10/2009, New York Times
By Peter S. Goodman
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Her first night inside the razor wire at the state juvenile prison came as a 14-year-old in the mid-1970s, when she was locked up for running away from home. Her next…
Winston Peters Receives American Bar Association Juvenile Justice Award
7/6/2009
Winston Peters Winston A. Peters, a member of the Juvenile Indigent Defense Action Network in California, is being honored by the American Bar Association (ABA) for his advocacy and commitment to…
Project Seeks Early Identification of Mental Health Needs of Youth in Contact with the Juvenile Justice System
7/2/2009
Our country’s juvenile justice system was designed to hold young people accountable for their behavior and provide individualized treatment, supervision, and rehabilitation to prevent future…
Extraordinary Assessment Research Database supports juvenile justice reform and system improvements in Washington State
7/2/2009
By Washington Models for Change
To further reform and improve the system of juvenile offender assessment, tracking, and treatment in Washington state; Washington Models for Change state partner, the Administrative Office of the…
50/50: The Odds of Graduating
7/1/2009, IL WBEZ
In Chicago Public Schools, only around half the freshmen who enter high school will earn their diploma. This Chicago Public Radio, which incorporates consultation from Models for Change grantees,…
Juvenile Justice Improvements Approved by Illinois General Assembly
6/23/2009
By Illinois Models for Change
The Illinois General Assembly has approved two pieces of legislation aimed at improving the state’s juvenile justice system. Both bills are in line with the Models for Change core principles…
Focus on juvenile-justice reform
6/19/2009, Houman Today
By Catherine Kimball
The Louisiana Legislature is currently considering a number of measures that would change the way our juvenile justice system works. Some would change the way parole is addressed for juvenile…
Making a difference: New board to help tackle juvenile-offender problem
6/10/2009, Town Talk
By Karina Donica
They come from various walks of life, but a group of local residents is taking a step together in the hopes of making a difference in the lives of at-risk youths in Rapides Parish. The group of 10…
Delivering evenhanded justice to teens
6/4/2009, Peoria Journal Star
By Pam Adams
(Peoria County is one of five Models for Change demonstration sites in Illinois, and the juvenile justice council has helped local schools implement peacekeeping circles and peer juries, which…
Health reform will help young people avoid brushes with the law
6/2/2009, The Seattle Times
By Police Chiefs Kevin Milosevich, Scott Kimerer and James Kelly
Youth crime and access to health care and mental-health treatment are intertwined, argue the police chiefs of Renton, Auburn and Burien. They make a case for reform that will help young people stay…
Visits to new Models for Change website increase threefold
5/28/2009
Since its launch in March, the new modelsforchange.net website has exposed greater numbers of viewers to the work of the initiative. More people are visiting the site, spending more time on it,…
Federal commitment offers welcomed support to local initiatives to promote racial and ethnic fairness
5/28/2009
By LaWanda Johnson
Acting Administrator of the OJJDP, Jeff Slowikowski, addresses DMC Action Network As local Models for Change demonstration sites show how juvenile justice systems can be more just for all youth,…
An early intervention success story
5/26/2009
By 16th Judicial District
Ms. Jennifer Smith* is a case manager for the school-based Prosecutor's Early Intervention Program (PEIP) in Louisiana's 16th Judicial District. The 16th JD has been working with the Models for…
Director of Juvenile Justice for Calcasieu Parish Receives State Award
5/26/2009, Southwest Daily News
Baton Rouge, La. - Dane Bolin, Director of the Calcasieu Parish Office of Juvenile Justice Services in Lake Charles, has been named the 11th recipient of the prestigious Don E. Wydra Memorial Award…
Reducing the incarceration of youth of color in Berks County
5/13/2009
Reducing the incarceration of youth of color in Berks County through structured decision-making and community-based alternatives Models for Change support has assisted Berks County’s juvenile…
New Models for Change Web Site Features Washington Juvenile Justice Reform Programs
5/11/2009
By Vicki Hanna
New site serves as national online resource, offers current information on the issue of juvenile justice reform For Immediate Release: May 11, 2009 Vicki Hanna, 206-343-0250,…
Pennsylvania Juvenile Justice Reform Progress Featured on New Models for Change Web Site
5/6/2009
By Marie Roda
New site provides historical background, current progress, new initiatives For Immediate Release: May 6, 2009 Contact: Marie Roda 717-699-2206 or marie@rodacreative.com Philadelphia, PA –…
Models for Change Website Provides Access to Latest Advances in Juvenile Justice Reform
5/6/2009
By Jim Bray
New site shines spotlight on juvenile justice reforms in Illinois For Immediate Release: May 6, 2009 Contact: Jim Bray, 217-793-8416 CHICAGO – Recent accomplishments in juvenile justice…
Models for Change Launches New Online Resource Featuring Louisiana Juvenile Justice Reforms
5/6/2009
By Beth Touchet-Morgan
For Immediate Release: May 6, 2009 Contact: Beth Touchet-Morgan (225) 342-4253 Beth.Touchet-Morgan@la.gov Baton Rouge, LA – The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s…
Jacqueline van Wormer–Advocacy for juveniles
5/4/2009, Washington State Magazine
By Hannelore Sudermann
One morning this winter, the Benton County Juvenile Justice Center is quiet since most of the residents are in classrooms and only one teen waits in lock-up. A couple of the guards are having an…
Illinois Gov. Quinn makes pilot Redeploy Illinois juvenile justice reform permanent program
5/4/2009
By Jim Bray
Redeploy Illinois, a pilot program to divert youths from incarceration in state facilities, will become a permanent state program and will have the ability to expand to counties throughout the…
Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Kitty Kimball Address to the Louisiana Legislature
4/28/2009
To watch a video of the remarks below follow this link, then scroll down to April 28, 2009 and click on "Chief Justice Address to the Legislature" "I’d like to now turn to a subject…
Money saved, safer streets
4/25/2009, Chicago Tribune
By Editorial
Illinois taxpayers shelled out $70,827 on average to house each kid in a state-run juvenile correction facility in 2004-2005. We didn't get much for our money -- about half of the kids who were…
Plug The Budget Gap With Juvenile Justice Reform
4/16/2009, The Huffington Post
By Paula Wolff
Newly minted Gov. Pat Quinn and all the rest of us in Illinois have a big budget hole to fill. Various "experts" estimate the budget gap at $9 billion, $11 billion and $12.5 billion. Take your pick. …
Letter: For Youth, Second Chances
4/15/2009, New York Times
By Jonathan Fanton
To the Editor: “Missouri System Treats Juvenile Offenders With Lighter Hand” (news article, March 27) highlights the Missouri Model, which is just one of many promising reforms under way…
Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency Pilots Two DMC Curricula in March
4/1/2009, Juvenile Court Judges' Commission Newsletter
Contributing Authors: Nicole Scott, Supervisor; Dauphin County Juvenile Probation; Rhonda McKitten, Esq.; Defender Association of Philadelphia The Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC)…
Juvenile Law Center Prepares Statement for Senator Lisa Baker's (PA) Press Conference on Juvenile Justice Reforms and Remedies
4/1/2009, State Senator Lisa Baker's Website
By Lourdes M. Rosado, Esq. Associate Director, Juvenile Law Center
Statement of Lourdes M. Rosado, Esq., Associate Director, Juvenile Law Center Prepared for Senator Lisa Baker's (PA) April 1, 2009 Press Conference On behalf of Juvenile Law Center, I want to…
Essay: "Second Century" by Jonathan Fanton
4/1/2009, Illinois Issues
By Jonathan Fanton, President, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Illinois is in the vanguard of a national move to reform juvenile justice. This summer, the new Department of Juvenile Justice took charge of juvenile corrections in Illinois. This reform rested on…
Goodwill gets grant to help troubled teens
3/25/2009, The Altoona Mirror
By Phil Ray
HOLLIDAYSBURG, PA - Blair County juvenile authorities are teaming with Goodwill Industries in Cambria County to begin a Learn to Work program that will teach good work habits to teenagers in trouble…
Getting the Juvenile-Justice System to Grow Up
3/24/2009, Time
By Ken Stier
Article features quotes on juvenile justice reform from Models for Change grantees including Campaign for Youth Justice, Center for Children's Law and Policy and Georgetown University's Center for…
Break in 'school-to-prison pipeline' urged
3/10/2009, Alexandria Town Talk
By Karina Donica
Rapides Parish has a long way to go to reduce its rate of blacks and other minorities in the criminal justice system and to improve those groups' performance at school, officials said Monday. The…
New Pennsylvania project strives to break cycle of youth crime
3/10/2009
By Models for Change Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania has long been recognized as a progressive leader in juvenile justice reform, a reputation that led the John D. and Catharine T. MacArthur Foundation to select Pennsylvania as a flagship…
Functional Family Therapy services showing promising results in Pierce County, WA
3/10/2009
By Models for Change Washington
Research has shown that Functional Family Therapy (FFT) reduces felony crime. The Pierce County Juvenile Court, in partnership with the Pierce County Models for Change DMC Committee, has implemented…
New Illinois law: 17-year olds charged with misdemeanors stay in juvenile court
3/6/2009
For decades in Illinois, 17-year-olds have not been considered old enough to vote, sign contracts or buy cigarettes, but they have been considered old enough to be sent to adult court. That is going…
Neighborhood board diverts minors from court system
2/24/2009, Alexandria Town Talk
By David Dinsmore
Area residents on Monday got an early look at a plan to renovate juvenile justice in Rapides Parish. Rapides Parish Assistant District Attorney Daphne Robinson and Deputy Juvenile Officer Tamara…
Meetings to focus on new concept in fighting crime
2/21/2009, Alexandria Town Talk
By Town Talk Staff
Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office will host two meetings Monday on a new concept to battle crime. The Neighborhood Accountability Board concept meetings will be held at 10 a.m. and at 1 p.m.…
New Illinois Law Offers 17 Year-Olds Charged With Misdemeanor Chance in Juvenile Court
2/10/2009, Juvenile Justice Initiative/Models for Change Illinois
The following press release is available for download from the Juvenile Justice Initiative website, it has been provided in full below for reference. The Juvenile Justice Initiative has also prepared…
Catherine Kimball named Chief Justice of Louisiana Supreme Court
2/2/2009
By Louisiana Models for Change
Justice Catherine “Kitty” Kimball recently became the chief justice of the high court in Louisiana. Kimball became the first female justice of the state Supreme Court in 1992. Justice…
Juncker honored for juvenile justice reform work in Louisiana
1/29/2009
By Models for Change Louisiana
Increasing use of evidence-based treatment in Jefferson Parish Roy Juncker, Director of the Jefferson Parish Department of Juvenile Services, was recognized Wednesday, January 28, 2009 by the…
Illinois expands community-based program for juvenile offenders
1/27/2009
By Juvenile Justice Initiative/Models for Change Illinois
Based on efforts of a broad coalition including Models for Change grantees and partners, the Illinois General Assembly passed legislation to expand a state program that supports community-based…
Providing Immediate Services to Families in Crisis: The New Paradigm for Status Offender Systems
1/22/2009, Progressive States Network (NY)
By Christian Smith
The Vera Institute of Justice recently released a report, Making Court the Last Resort: A New Focus for Supporting Families in Crisis, that outlines the significant improvements some states are…
Changing model for juvenile justice
1/11/2009, Tri-City Herald
By Kristin M. Kraemer, Herald staff writer
Summary: Jacque van Wormer selected in December by her Washington colleagues to receive one of the inaugural Champions for Change awards. Article text: Jacque van Wormer has seen too many kids cycle…
Juvenile justice program gets nearly $350,000 grant
1/7/2009, The Southern (Southern Illinois Homepage)
By Becky Malkovich
MOUNT VERNON, IL - A newly awarded foundation grant will help southeastern Illinois serve as a model for change of the juvenile justice system. The $349,500 grant from the John D. and Catherine T.…
Untreated Mental Health Needs Fuels School to Jail Pipeline
1/5/2009, New York Times
By Joseph J. Cocozza, Ph.D.
Letter to the Editor NY Times RE: The Principal's Office First To The Editor: Thank you for drawing attention to the issue of increasing school arrests. Frequently, arrested youth have untreated…
Third Models for Change working conference gathers forces and champions juvenile justice reform
1/1/2009
The Third Annual Models for Change Working Conference, in December 2008, provided a unique opportunity for representatives from all areas of the initiative to come together and share knowledge, tools…
Bouquets & Brickbats: Paul J. Frick named a Champion for Change
12/22/2008, Best of New Orleans.com
By Written by Publisher
Paul J. Frick, a psychology professor at UNO, has been named a Champion for Change in juvenile justice reform by the Louisiana Models for Change initiative. He received the honor for collecting data…
She was a teenager heading the wrong way
12/14/2008, Williamsport Sun Gazette
By Mark Maroney
She was a teenager heading in the wrong direction. Not a career criminal. Just a rebellious kid. At 14, she committed a retail theft, taking an item valued at less than $25, then lied to police…
New Jersey Chosen for National Effort to Improve Legal Defense for Indigent Youth: State Joins National Juvenile Justice Reform Initiative, Models for Change
12/9/2008, Rutgers
By Cathy K. Donovan
Issue(s): Juvenile Indigent Defense State(s): NJ Action Network(s): Juvenile Indigent Defense Action Network
Foundation Selects Four States for Action Network to Improve Legal Representation for Indigent Youth
12/9/2008, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
(Washington, DC) — Four states have been selected in a competitive process by the MacArthur Foundation to participate in the new Models for Change Juvenile Indigent Defense Action Network…
New Jersey Chosen for National Effort to Improve Legal Defense for Indigent Youth
12/9/2008, Rutgers University
State Joins National Juvenile Justice Reform Initiative, Models for Change Contacts: Laura Cohen Rutgers School of Law, Newark 123 Washington Street Newark, NJ 07102 973-353-3187…
Jacqueline van Wormer honored as Champion for Change
12/8/2008, WSU Today Online: Washington State University
KENNEWICK - Jacqueline van Wormer, a former WSU graduate is being honored as a Champion for Change in juvenile justice reform for her work in Benton and Franklin Counties to improve the lives of…
MacArthur Foundation taps Barry Law to lead state's juvenile justice initiative; awards $100K grant for its juvenile justice efforts
12/8/2008
By Jeremy Jones
The Juvenile Justice Center (JJC) at the Barry University Dwayne O. Andres School of Law in Orlando has been awarded a $100,000 grant by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to…
2008 Update: Gathering Force
12/8/2008
By National Center for Juvenile Justice
Models for Change states and action networks are contributing to the gathering forces of significant juvenile justice reforms based in shared values, growing knowledge of what works, and a deep well…
Racial, ethnic disparities addressed in Berks County, PA
12/8/2008
By National Center for Juvenile Justice
Significant and imaginative work addressing racial and ethnic disparities at the local level Models for Change funding, coordination and expert assistance have enabled a coalition of juvenile…
Champions for Change
12/8/2008
By Models for Change
James Anderson, PA Elizabeth Clarke, IL Paul Frick, LA Jacqueline van Wormer, WA Four inaugural award recipients honored at Models for Change annual meeting Models for…
Law schools collaborating with state on juvenile justice improvements
12/4/2008, Rutgers University
By Carla Capizzi
Rutgers School of Law in Camden and Rutgers School of Law in Newark are now part of a team helping New Jersey work to strengthen juvenile indigent legal defense systems. New Jersey was selected to…
New detention screening method in Rapides Parish, LA
12/1/2008
By DMC Action Network eNews
In early 2008, representatives from Rapides Parish (Alexandria, LA) Juvenile Court, the Assistant District Attorney, Indigent Defense Counsel, all law enforcement agencies, and juvenile probation…
Champion for Change: James E. Anderson
12/1/2008, Models for Change
By Pennsylvania
Executive Director Pennsylvania Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission Read the complete 2008 Champions for Change program. Jim Anderson is not a lawyer, and yet others depend on his knowledge…
Champion for Change: Elizabeth Clarke
12/1/2008, Models for Change
By Illinois
Founder and President Juvenile Justice Initiative Read the complete 2008 Champions for Change program. Converting research and good intentions into law takes more than making a few phone calls.…
Champion for Change: Paul Joseph Frick, PhD
12/1/2008, Models for Change
By Louisiana
Research Professor of Psychology. Chair of Department of Psychology University of New Orleans Read the complete 2008 Champions for Change program. Fair, rational, and effective are words that…
Champion for Change: Jacqueline van Wormer
12/1/2008, Models for Change
By Washington
Benton and Franklin Counties Superior Court Adjunct Faculty Member, Washington State University Read the complete 2008 Champions for Change program. Jacqueline van Wormer is a problem solver…
Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius announced a new state initiative to address disproportionality in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems
11/25/2008, Kansas Office of the Governor
By Nicole Corcoran, Press Secretary
State looks at new ways to ensure equal treatment for Kansas children Governor Kathleen Sebelius today announced a new effort, under the direction of her Health and Human Services Subcabinet team,…
Ogle County Gets Juvenile Justice Grant
10/28/2008, WREX Roxford News
By Marissa Sherer
OGLE COUNTY - The MacArthur Foundation is giving Ogle County $300,000 over the next two years to help expand its juvenile justice program. Back in 2006 the foundation chose Ogle County as one of…
Keeping Youth Out of Adult Courts Better for Children, Safer for Communities, According to New Study
6/26/2008, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
By Juvenile Justice Initiative
(Chicago, IL) — The 2005 repeal of a state law that once forced children accused of drug offenses into adult criminal courts has not compromised public safety and, instead, has provided…
Op-Ed: Illinois a national leader in juvenile justice reforms
5/14/2008, Peoria Star Journal
By Jonathan Fanton, President, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
In 1899, Illinois established the nation's first juvenile court. The court was created with the enlightened goal of providing individual attention to young people in trouble with the law. The…
New MacArthur Action Network to Address Legal Representation for Indigent Juveniles
4/4/2008, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Chicago, April 4, 2008 – The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, which is investing $100 million in Models for Change, an initiative to support and accelerate promising models of…
Meetings to focus on new concept in fighting crime
2/21/2008, Alexandria Town Talk
Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office will host two meetings Monday on a new concept to battle crime. The Neighborhood Accountability Board concept meetings will be held at 10 a.m. and at 1 p.m.…
Public Willing to Pay More for Rehabilitation of Juvenile Offenders
12/11/2007, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Washington, DC –Two new surveys supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation show strong public backing for the rehabilitation of youthful offenders and a greater willingness…
Op-Ed: Better Models for Juvenile Justice
8/22/2007, The Christian Science Monitor
By Rod R. Blagojevich, Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, Edward G. Rendell and Chris Gregoire
Springfield, Ill.; Baton Rouge, La.; Harrisburg, Pa.; and Olympia, Wash. Amid news stories that raise the specter of increasing juvenile crime, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that crime rates…
MacArthur Action Networks to Address Racial and Ethnic Disparities and Mental Health in Juvenile Justice
6/19/2007, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Chicago, IL (June 19, 2007) – The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, which is investing $100 million to support and accelerate promising models of juvenile justice reform, is…
Six Counties Selected for Juvenile Justice Reform Funding Under $10 Million MacArthur Foundation Initiative
6/1/2007, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Olympia, WA – Governor Chris Gregoire today announced that six counties will receive funding and technical support to improve juvenile justice systems, part of a five-year, $10 million…
MacArthur Awards $4.2 Million to Accelerate Juvenile Justice Reform in Illinois, 3 Other States
6/15/2006, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
CHICAGO, IL—The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation today announced six grants totaling nearly $4.2 million to help accelerate promising models for juvenile justice reform as part of…
MacArthur Foundation Selects Illinois as "Model" State for National Juvenile Justice Reform Initiative
2/2/2006, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Chicago, IL--The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced today that it has selected Illinois as one of four states to participate in its national initiative to accelerate promising…
MacArthur Foundation Selects Washington as "Model" State for National Juvenile Justice Initiative
11/16/2005, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Download a PDF of the Release CHRISTINE O. GREGOIRE Governor STATE OF WASHINGTON OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR P.O. Box 40002 Olympia, Washington 98504-0002 For Release: Immediate Date: Friday, June…
MacArthur Foundation Selects Pennsylvania as "Model" State for National Juvenile Justice Reform Initiative
11/3/2005, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
HARRISBURG, PA – The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has selected Pennsylvania as one of four states to participate in Models for Change, a national initiative to accelerate…
MacArthur Foundation Awards More Than $1.5 Million For Juvenile Justice Reform
7/18/2003, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 18, 2003 Media Contact Jennifer Humke Communications Officer Phone (312) 726-8000 Email: jhumke at macfound dot org Chicago, IL - The John D. and Catherine T.…
$3.2 Million In Grants Made To Help Improve Juvenile Justice System
2/6/2003, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 6, 2003 Media Contact Jennifer Humke Communications Officer Phone (312) 726-8000 Email: jhumke at macfound dot org Chicago, IL-The John D. and Catherine T.…
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