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Report: Certainty, Not Severity, Key in Deterring Juvenile Crime
8/10/2015, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Sarah Barr
WASHINGTON — Researchers first reported several years ago that a major longitudinal study of serious adolescent offenders showed the severity of their punishments had little effect on their…
New Article Examines Successful Evidence-Based Practice Implementation in Three Models for Change States
7/8/2015, Elsevier
By Sarah Cusworth Walker Ph.D, Brian Bumbarger M.Ed., and Stephen Phillippi Jr. Ph.D.
Achieving Successful Evidence-Based Practice Implementation in Juvenile Justice: The Importance of Diagnostic and Evaluative Capacity A new article published in Elsevier conducts a policy analysis…
Editorial: Springfield's secret to criminal justice reform — compromise
6/16/2015, Chicago Sun-Times
People who work with troubled kids will tell you that it does no good to put a child as young as 10 in a county detention facility. Talk about setting the kid up for even more trouble.
Illinois law would change process for juvenile offenders
6/12/2015, Associated Press
CHICAGO (AP) — A measure approved by the Illinois Legislature and awaiting Gov. Bruce Rauner's decision would end automatic transfers to adult court for 15-year-olds and limit the transfer of…
Illinois Prison Overcrowding and Costs Prompt New, “Smart” Approaches to Offenders
6/10/2015, Reboot Illinois
By Esther Franco-Payne
Thanks to concerns about the expense of prison overcrowding in Illinois but also due to increased understanding of effective approaches to reduce recidivism and to keep juveniles away from prison,…
OP-ED: Justice Foiled by Ignorance of Trauma
6/10/2015, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Judge George Timberlake, Ret.
Our court systems, both child welfare and juvenile delinquency, must learn what science can teach us and use that knowledge every day in every case, no matter what the circumstances.
Legislature OKs Bill to Keep More Juvenile Offenders Out of Adult Court
6/1/2015, Chicago Tribune
Illinois' latest effort toward criminal justice reform has been heralded as a return to the state's roots as a pioneer in the treatment of juvenile offenders.
JJDP Reauthorization Act Will Help Build a Juvenile Justice System That Works
4/16/2015, SparkAction
By Bill Baccaglini and Dr. Sylvia Rowlands
Criminal justice issues in our country are usually left to the states, but for more than 40 years, since passage of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974 (JJDPA), Congress has…
Judges Should Decide Where Teens Stand Trial
3/31/2015, Chicago Sun-Times
In juvenile courtrooms today, much of a judge’s time is spent trying to find out what’s going wrong and right in a child’s life and finding ways to change behaviors. Juvenile court…
Rauner's juvenile justice team vows retooling to keep kids out of jail
3/20/2015, Chicago Tribune
CHICAGO — Gov. Bruce Rauner's Department of Juvenile Justice says it will retool efforts to keep low-risk juvenile offenders out of state facilities and help those who are incarcerated…
Rauner's juvenile justice team vows retooling to keep kids out of jail
3/20/2015, Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice
CHICAGO — Governor Bruce Rauner joined the Director of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ), Candice Jones, at an event to unveil the Department’s operational plan to reduce…
OP-ED: We Must Advocate for Juvenile Defense Attorneys
3/5/2015, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Judge George Timberlake, Ret.
"We need to advocate for juvenile defense attorneys in those arenas that can supply the support needed — to state legislators, governors, county boards and court systems... We must have…
OP-ED: States Have Choices for Juvenile Justice Reform
3/4/2015, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Bill Baccaglini and Sylvia Rowlands
State and local governments around the country are dealing with issues related to incarceration of juveniles. Several, including New York, are considering proposals that would end sentencing 16- and…
Cook County Juvenile Justice System Leaders Pledge Support for Rehabilitation Over Incarceration
CHICAGO – An unprecedented partnership of community groups and government leaders today announced their commitment to a set of principles to improve the Cook County juvenile justice system with…
OP-ED: Judges’ Involvement in Juvenile Justice Meetings Is Booster Shot
2/5/2015, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
If you ever want to get the attention — and attendance — of all players in a judicial system, ask a judge to invite them to a meeting. It’s American democracy’s equivalent of…
MacArthur Foundation Awards go to 9 Nonprofits
2/5/2015, Associated Press
CHICAGO — An Illinois prison watchdog group that documents the anguished voices of youth in understaffed juvenile facilities is among the nine winners of the 2015 MacArthur Foundation grants to…
Juvenile and Criminal Justice Experts ‘Very Pleased’ with Gov. Rauner Appointments
1/31/2015, The Chicago Bureau
By Evelyn Wang
Juvenile justice reformers loudly applauded three of new Illinois governor Bruce Rauner’s staff and board appointments, which experts say hint at his real commitment to overhauling a criminal…
Interactive Information Sharing Tool Kit Now Available Online
1/20/2015, Juvenile Law Center and Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice
By Staff
The Information Sharing Tool Kit, which was originally developed in 2008 to help facilitate reforms in Models for Change sites, has been updated and placed online. This interactive website will…
Editorial: Juvenile Justice Gets a Boost in Illinois
1/13/2015, Chicago Sun-Times
By Editorial Board
When it comes to issues of juvenile justice in Illinois, Gov. Bruce Rauner is off to a laudable start. The new governor has made a good decision in appointing Candice Jones to another term as…
Peformance-based Standards Perspective: Decreasing Isolation and Positive Family Results
1/13/2015, Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators
By Lisa Martinek
As PbS reflects on the past 20 years, we realize that looking at data is the first, fundamental step to positive change and reform and are eager to share what we have learned. Twice a year juvenile…
OP-ED: Youth Incarceration: Bad ROI
1/4/2015, Baltimore Sun
By Mark Grovic
As a venture investor who has invested in companies with proven approaches to improving student outcomes in Maryland and across the country, my job it is provide strong returns on the dollars I…
The New York Times Editorial: Kids and Jails, a Bad Combination
12/28/2014, The New York Times
By Editorial Board
There are few bright spots in America’s four-decade-long incarceration boom, but one enduring success — amid all the wasted money and ruined lives — has been the Juvenile Justice…
OP-ED: Young People’s Brain Development Gives Us Window for Change
12/18/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Marc Schindler
Marc Schindler, Justice Policy Institute During the Models for Change powerful closing keynote presentation from Dr. Laurence Steinberg, juvenile justice leaders and practitioners were rightly…
Cook County Board President Preckwinkle taking lead in juvenile justice reform
12/13/2014, Chicago Sun-Times
By Mark Brown
Probably the most significant way that Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle continues to distinguish herself from her political brethren is by challenging the get tough law-and-order…
Preckwinkle calls for end to automatic transfers of minors to adult court
12/12/2014, Chicago Tribune
By John Byrne
Calling the automatic transfer of juveniles to adult court to face serious criminal charges "a deeply unfair practice that disproportionately impacts youth of color," Cook County Board President Toni…
OP-ED: Time to Talk to the New Politicians and Save Some Lives
12/3/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
What do state politics have to do with juvenile justice? Just about everything. Few political campaigns mention kids in conflict with the law, and those campaigns that make those kids an issue do…
U.S. in poor company on children’s rights
11/18/2014, Chicago Sun-Times
By Elizabeth Clarke
Over a century ago, the United States led the world in extending rights to children by creating the world’s first juvenile court. More than 100 years later, the U.S. lags behind the world as…
OP-ED: Book Clubs Are Next Logical Step
11/6/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
Let’s start a book club! OK, I’m not Oprah but let me explain what book clubs have to do with juvenile justice reform. In just the last 15 years, the field of juvenile justice has…
Evidence-based Practices Aren’t the Only Tool in the Shed
11/4/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Amanda Petteruti
Over the last 15 years, juvenile justice advocates fought hard to convince policymakers and government officials that the best way to help youth succeed and improve public safety is to keep them out…
OP-ED: Automatic Transfer Negates Justice for All Our Children
10/23/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Elizabeth Clarke, President, Juvenile Justice Initiative
In a sobering decision, the Illinois Supreme Court recently upheld the automatic adult prosecution of a 15-year-old who was living in a state residential home due to long-standing neglect by his…
Young Prisoners Given an Opportunity to Help Improve the Criminal Justice System
By Illinois Models for Change
What do young people with experience in the juvenile justice system think needs to be done to improve the system? A prison watchdog group recently found answers to that question inside the walls…
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…
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…
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…
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: 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.
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…
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…
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…
Illinois Governor Signs Bill Directing Expungement of Some Juvenile Arrests
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 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…
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…
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…
Redeploy Illinois savings surpass $60 million by diverting more than 1,000 youth from prison
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…
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…
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…
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: 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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.… 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.
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.
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…
17-Year-Olds Accused of Felonies to be Treated as Juveniles
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…
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.
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…
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,…
Justice Anne Burke Calls for Changing How Courts Punish Kids With Guns
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.
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Justice department awards $8 million to six communities to reduce youth violence
9/23/2013, OJJDP News Release
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
There's no such thing as a bad kid in these Spokane, WA, trauma-informed elementary schools
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
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…
Illinois Creates Action Plan to Combat Sexual Victimization of Youth in Prison
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…
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. …
Expedited Appeals of Juvenile Cases to Improve Fairness of System in Illinois
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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,…
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.
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…
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 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…
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
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…
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…
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
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…
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…
Screen to Save: Youth Assessment Conserves Resources and Improves Outcomes for Youth
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…
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
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…
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…
Redeploy Illinois Savings Pass $40 Million As State Officials Advocate Expansion
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…
International Juvenile Justice Conference Told of Shift Away from Incarceration of Youth in USA
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
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…
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
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…
Thousands to Participate in National Youth Justice Awareness Month Activities throughout the Country
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…
Campaign for Youth Justice Recognizes National Youth Justice Awareness Month
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…
Agreement Could Lead to Additional Improvements for Incarcerated Youth in Illinois
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…
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.
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…
Short Film Captures the Gravity of Truancy and the Need to Invest in Solutions that Work
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…
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…
Illinois Summit Examines Ways to Help Youth Leaving Prison Succeed and End the Cycle of Prison Recidivism
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…
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…
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
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
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
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…
Sustaining Models for Change Initiatives Through Pennsylvania’s Juvenile Justice System Enhancement Strategy
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
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…
Commission Releases Recommendations to Improve Systems that Support Youth
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…
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…
Landmark Study Offers Glimpse at Previously Ignored Youth Population
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
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…
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
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
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…
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 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…
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
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…
2011 Champions for Change
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…
Toni Irving, Governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Honored as Champion for Change in Juvenile Justice Reform
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
By Models for Change
For Immediate Release December 5, 2011 Contact: Zerline Hughes, / 202-558-7974 ext. 308 Jason Fenster, / 202-558-7974 ext 306 WASHINGTON,…
Watchdog Reports Some Progress in Reform of Illinois Juvenile Prison System and Identifies Additional Steps Needed
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…
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…
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…
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
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…
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
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…
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…
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…
Watchdog Monitors Transition of Illinois Juvenile Prisons from Punitive to Rehabilitative
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
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…
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
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
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
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
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 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…
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
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…
Funding, Implementing Evidence-Based Practices
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,…
Illinois Legislature Approves Bill Encouraging Local Treatment for Juveniles When in Best Interest of the Youth and Their Communities
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…
Profile for Change: Arthur D. Bishop
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
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
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…
Illinois State Bar Association Provides New Guide to Help Communities Reduce Juvenile Delinquency
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
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…
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
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…
Pre-adjudication Diversion Efforts Improve Juvenile Justice Outcomes in Pennsylvania
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
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
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
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…
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…
Roy Juncker Honored as Champion for Change in Juvenile Justice Reform
By Louisiana Models for Change
For Immediate Release Contact: Elliot Hutchinson (225) 344-0381 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
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 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…
2010 Champions for Change
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…
Jetson Center for Youth Shows Off Its Reformed Ways
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…
Profile for Change: Damon Baldone
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
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…
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…
What “Sustainability” Means for Juvenile Justice Reform
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…
Text of Julie L. Biehl's Keynote Address at the Jane Addams Hull House Association
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…
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…
Illinois Juvenile Justice Reform Leader to Address International Conference
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…
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
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…
Juvenile Detention Reform Helping to Ease Overcrowding
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…
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…
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…
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…
Fast Forward Call Center Funded
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
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
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…
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
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
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
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…
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…
Jefferson Parish Department of Juvenile Services Director Roy Juncker Jr. Shines Light on a Dark Subject
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…
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
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…
Helping Prisoners Can Cut Recidivism
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
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…
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
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…
New Data on Sanctions and Services Supports the Use of Non-Institutional Alternatives
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
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…
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…
Illinois Governor Taps Models for Change Leaders to Help Shape Juvenile Justice Policy
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
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…
Chicago Public Radio Tells the Story of Life "Inside and Out" of the Juvenile Justice System
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…
Mental Health Court Keeps Children out of Jail
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
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
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
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…
Juvenile Justice Reform Initiatives Taking Place Across Louisiana
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
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
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…
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…
Rapides Parish Judge Nationally Honored
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…
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…
James Rieland Honored for Exceptional Contributions to Juvenile Justice Reform in Pennsylvania
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…
Two Systems Come Together in Illinois with a Common Goal of Helping Juveniles in Trouble
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…
Teen: Jetson changed his life
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
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 (…
Unprecedented Agreement Reached to Assist Juveniles
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…
Council OKs New Therapeutic Facility
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,…
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…
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…
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 The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has awarded a $385,000…
Extraordinary Assessment Research Database supports juvenile justice reform and system improvements in Washington State
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…
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…
An early intervention success story
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…
Reducing the incarceration of youth of color in Berks County
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…
Juncker honored for juvenile justice reform work in Louisiana
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
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…
Third Models for Change working conference gathers forces and champions juvenile justice reform
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.…
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