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Editorial: The Supreme Court Says Again: Juveniles Are Different
1/28/2016, The New York Times
By Editorial Board
The Supreme Court has ruled repeatedly over the last decade that it is morally and constitutionally wrong to equate offenses committed by emotionally undeveloped adolescents with crimes carried out…
How Marsha Levick Changed the Face of Juvenile Justice
1/27/2016, Philadelphia Inquirer
By Samantha Melamed
On Monday, more than 500 Pennsylvania inmates sentenced as juveniles to die in prison - 300 of them from Philadelphia - learned they'll have a chance at release after all. The news is potentially…
A Retroactive Break for Juvenile Offenders
1/26/2016, The Atlantic
By Matt Ford
For the Montgomery majority on Monday, Miller clearly created a substantive rule to be applied retroactively. “Because Miller determined that sentencing a child to life without parole is…
Court Decision Brings Hope, Uncertainty for Juveniles Sentenced to Life
1/25/2016, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Staff
Attorneys who specialize in juvenile justice called today’s Supreme Court decision “potentially sweeping” but warned that resentencing hearings were far from a sure path to…
Justices Expand Parole Rights for Juveniles Sentenced to Life for Murder
1/25/2016, The New York Times
By Adam Liptak
The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that its 2012 decision banning mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juvenile killers must be applied retroactively, granting a new chance at release for…
U.S. Supreme Court: Prior Finding That Mandatory Life without Parole Sentences for Youth Are Unconstitutional Now Found Retroactive
1/25/2016, Juvenile Law Center
By Staff
In a key win for individuals nationwide who are serving life without parole sentences for crimes committed as children, the United States Supreme Court today ruled 6-3 in Montgomery v. Louisiana that…
Barack Obama: Why we must rethink solitary confinement
1/25/2016, Washington Post
By Barack Obama
"How can we subject prisoners to unnecessary solitary confinement, knowing its effects, and then expect them to return to our communities as whole people? It doesn’t make us safer. It’s…
50 State Teams Gather to Develop Plans for Improving Youth Outcomes in Each State Juvenile Justice System
11/10/2015, Council of State Governments Justice Center
By CSG Justice Center
AUSTIN, TX—On the heels of new data showing massive reductions in the number of youth incarcerated, legislators, judges, juvenile justice administrators and other representatives from all 50…
Malloy: Raise the age for juvenile justice system to 20
11/6/2015, The Connecticut Mirror
By Jacqueline Rabe Thomas and Mark Paniokas
A 20-year-old who gets into a fight or is caught stealing faces serious jail time if convicted. In a far-ranging policy speech about bail reform and juvenile justice Friday, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy…
Pennsylvania Won’t Disclose Names of Doctors Prescribing in Youth Corrections
11/1/2015, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Halle Stockton
Pennsylvania defied an Office of Open Records ruling and took the matter to court to conceal the names of doctors prescribing to kids confined in its six correctional facilities. The Pennsylvania…
Where’s the Oversight of Psychiatric Meds for Pennsylvania Youth Offenders?
10/28/2015, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Halle Stockton
Pennsylvania is lagging when it comes to tracking the powerful psychiatric medications kids get in the state’s youth correctional facilities. While other states have reformed the way they…
Pennsylvania Juvenile Offenders Given Psychiatric Drugs at High Rates
10/25/2015, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Halle Stockton
It’s the end of the line for these Pennsylvania kids. They’ve fallen through every safety net, and they keep making the same mistakes or more violent ones. The kids — nearly all…
High-Profile Law Enforcement Officials Pledge Support for Curbing Incarceration
10/22/2015, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Sarah Barr
WASHINGTON — A group of more than 130 law enforcement officials have banded together with a pledge to reduce incarceration rates, in part through improved community relations. And while they…
Decision Points: Prosecutors Have Opportunities to Reduce Incarceration and Disparities Through Risk Assessment
10/14/2015, The Huffington Post
By George Gascon
Defining new models for success in a system that is so steeped in tradition takes courage, and it takes vision. As a prosecutor and chief law enforcement leader with more than 30 years of service, I…
At 40, Juvenile Law Center's Biggest Case Yet: Seeking Second Chance for Juvenile Lifers
10/14/2015, Philadelphia Inquirer
By Samantha Melamed
Founded on a shoestring by four new Temple Law graduates in 1975, JLC has been involved in a string of Supreme Court cases that have rolled back some of the harshest sentences for juveniles across…
Supreme Court Reluctant to Rule on Juvenile Murderers' Life Sentences
10/13/2015, USA Today
By Richard Wolf
WASHINGTON -- About 1,500 prisoners convicted of murder as juveniles and given mandatory sentences of life without parole may have to wait a bit longer to have their hopes for new sentences decided…
House Lawmakers Urged to Fund Juvenile Justice programs
10/8/2015, The Hill
By Lydia Wheeler
Advocates for incarcerated youth urged House lawmakers Thursday to reauthorize federal legislation to fund treatment programs and reform the juvenile justice system. The Juvenile Justice and…
Presidential Proclamation -- National Youth Justice Awareness Month, 2015
10/1/2015, The White House
By Staff
NATIONAL YOUTH JUSTICE AWARENESS MONTH, 2015 - - - - - - - BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION All our Nation's children deserve the chance to fulfill…
Maryland Juvenile Suspects Will No Longer Be Shackled in Court
9/23/2015, Baltimore Sun
By Colin Campbell
Children will no longer be indiscriminately shackled in Maryland juvenile courts, a routine practice in more than half of the state's jurisdictions, according to the state public defender. The…
New NLC Collaboration to Provide Mental Health Training to Police Officers Working in Schools
9/22/2015, National League of Cities
By Laura Furr
Police officers who respond to the developmental and mental health needs of youth in an informed and age-appropriate way help ensure the safety of everyone in schools, from students to teachers and…
OJJDP Releases Four New "Beyond Detention" Bulletins
9/22/2015, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has released four new bulletins in it's "Beyond Detention" series. According to OJJDP: "Studies in this series describe the results of…
Girls Incarcerated Longer for Less Serious Offenses, Texas Study Shows
9/22/2015, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Joe Guszkowsk
Girls serve longer sentences than boys in the Texas juvenile justice system, and for less serious offenses, according to a new study from the University of Texas at Austin. Researchers studied 5,019…
JJDPA Could Clear Way for Other Juvenile Justice Reforms
8/20/2015, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Sarah Barr
WASHINGTON — When Congress returns from summer recess early next month, juvenile justice stakeholders will be watching to see what happens to a bill that would update core federal standards for…
Wraparound Services Surround Foster Youth, Families with Help
8/19/2015, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Sarah Zahedi
The term “wraparound,” coined in the 1980s, refers to helping people who have complex needs via a structured, creative and individualized team planning process. The California Department…
Court as a Last Resort: NLC Provides Cities with Alternatives to Juvenile Incarceration
8/16/2015, National League of Cities
By Laura Furr
A new issue brief from the National League of Cities (NLC), Alternatives to Arrest for Young People, provides early examples of how law enforcement agencies can divert youth accused of minor offenses…
Jerome G. Miller, 83, Dies; Emptied Reformatories to Better Juvenile Justice
8/15/2015, The New York Times
By Sam Roberts
Jerome G. Miller, who inspired a revolution in America’s juvenile justice system by virtually emptying Massachusetts’s reformatories in the early 1970s, died on Aug. 7 at his home in…
Momentum Builds to Stop the Automatic Shackling of Juveniles in Court
8/14/2015, The Christian Science Monitor
By Stacy Teicher Khadaroo
Reformers have been going after a host of juvenile justice practices that stem from a tough-on-crime era in the 1980s and ’90s – when youths were feared to be turning into…
Christie OKs Juvenile Justice Reforms
8/11/2015, New Jersey Law Journal
By Michael Booth
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has signed legislation that will change the way juveniles charged with criminal offenses can be tried, sentenced and confined as adults. The biggest changes will…
Judges Weigh In Against Shackling of Youth in Courtrooms
8/11/2015, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Sarah Barr
A national association of judges wants to stop the indiscriminate shackling of youth in juvenile court. The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges released a resolutionMonday that…
The Crime of Children
8/10/2015, The Atlantic
By Dylan Walsh
Registration as a sex offender and deportation are both collateral consequences—statutory penalties that attach to charges after a sentence is served. There’s an identifiable logic to…
NCJFCJ Resolves to Stop Shackling of Children in Juvenile Court
8/10/2015, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
By NCJFCJ
The NCJFCJ defines shackles to include handcuffs, waist chains, ankle restraints, zip ties or other restraints that are designed to impede movement or control behavior. “Across the country,…
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…
St. Louis County Biased Against Black Juveniles, Justice Department Finds
7/31/2015, The New York Times
By Richard Pérez-Peña
The Justice Department said Friday that the juvenile justice system in St. Louis County, Mo., treats black youths far more harshly than whites, and deprives all low-income youths accused of crimes…
Meant To Keep Youths Out Of Detention, Probation Often Leads Them There
7/29/2015, National Public Radio
By Soraya Shockley
Juvenile justice reformers have tried for years to figure out what works to help rehabilitate youth in trouble, and a recent shift away from locking kids up has been at the forefront of reform…
Black Students In The U.S. Get Criminalized While White Students Get Treatment
7/28/2015, Huffington Post
By Rebecca Klein
Black students are more likely to be punished with suspensions, expulsions or referrals to law enforcement, a phenomenon that helps funnel kids into the criminal justice system. Meanwhile, white kids…
Prop. 47 Also Reduces Some Juvenile Offenses, State Court Rules
7/27/2015, Los Angeles Times
By Tony Perry
Now, after a major court decision last week, Alejandro's case may establish a precedent assuring juveniles throughout California the same reduced sentences and other treatment provided to adults…
Why Texas is Poised to Become a Model for Truancy Reform
7/23/2015, Status Offense Reform Center Blog
By Morgan Craven
The product of this bipartisan movement was House Bill 2398, signed by Governor Greg Abbott in June. Beginning September 1st, truancy will no longer be a criminal offense in Texas. Schools will have…
Senate Judiciary Committee Approves JJDPA Update
7/23/2015, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Sarah Barr
WASHINGTON — A bipartisan bill that aims to strengthen protections for youth who enter the criminal justice system cleared a key congressional committee today. The Senate Judiciary Committee…
President's Call for Criminal Justice Reform Not Broad Enough
7/23/2015, Athens Banner-Herald
By Jody Kent Lavy and James Ross
The president’s call comes amid growing political momentum to end life-without-parole sentences for children. This momentum has carried over into state legislatures. Fourteen states have…
Obama, in Oklahoma, Takes Reform Message to the Prison Cell Block
7/16/2015, The New York Times
By Peter Baker
EL RENO, Okla. — They opened the door to Cell 123, and President Obama stared inside. In the space of 9 feet by 10 feet, he saw three bunks, a toilet with no seat, a night table with books, a…
History of Abuse Seen in Many Girls in Juvenile System
7/9/2015, The New York Times
By Timothy Williams
As many as 80 percent of the girls in some states’ juvenile justice systems have a history of sexual or physical abuse, according to a report released Thursday. The report, a rare examination…
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…
What If Everything You Knew About Disciplining Kids Was Wrong?
7/7/2015, Mother Jones
By Katherine Reynolds Lewis
"Before Greene's program was put in place, conventional discipline at Central was the norm. During the 2009-10 school year, kids were referred to the principal's office for discipline 146 times, and…
Juvenile Records Often Have Lifelong Consequences: Experts Say
6/29/2015, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Jamaal Abdul-Alim
WASHINGTON — Juvenile records can often have serious lifelong consequences — and the remedies of expunging or sealing the records are often too costly and too complicated to pursue. That…
Juvenile Justice: Intervention Beats Incarceration
6/25/2015, The Herald-Dispatch
By Ben Fields
West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin was in Huntington on Thursday for a panel discussion on new legislation that will seek to divert juvenile offenders from going to a facility and hopefully…
Editorial: End Solitary Confinement in Juvenile Halls
6/24/2015, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
By Los Angeles News Group Editorial Board
California legislators should know the name and story of Kalief Browder. Earlier this month the 22-year-old hanged himself with a cord from an air-conditioner at his family’s Bronx apartment.…
In New Haven, Police Chiefs from Around the Nation Talk about Juvenile Justice
6/24/2015, New Haven Register
By Ryann Flynn
More than 30 police chiefs flocked to Yale this week, coming from as far as California, Colorado and as close as the New Haven Police Department, as the city played host to a three day symposium on…
Louisiana to Study Idea of Treating 17-year-Old Offenders as Juveniles Rather than Adults
6/24/2015, The Advocate
By Katy Reckdahl
Louisiana is one of 10 states whose criminal justice system treats all 17-year-olds as adults. But that could soon change. In what’s seen as a first step toward potentially raising the age of…
Police Chiefs Vow To Do Better By Kids
6/24/2015, New Haven Independent
By Sebastian Medina-Tayac
When Gainesville Chief of Police Tony Jones returns to Florida from New Haven, he plans to consider pairing police officers with social workers to help children cope with violence — a tactic…
A Second Chance for CT Youths Who Break the Law?
6/23/2015, The Connecticut Mirror
By Jacqueline Rabe Thomas
After running away from home again, Adam was arrested and jailed for stealing food and magazines from a Hartford bodega. Thirty days later, he was still incarcerated as lawyers and a juvenile court…
Agreement Aims to Stymie School-to-Prison Pipeline
6/22/2015, Jackson Free Press
By Associated Press
The U.S. Justice Department said Friday it has reached a settlement with the city of Meridian over policies that had allowed students to be detained without probable cause or legal…
CJCA Members Collaborate to Reduce Isolation in Confinement Facilities
6/22/2015, Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators
By Edward Loughran
Building on the momentum generated by the release of the CJCA Toolkit: Reducing the Use of Isolation, last month CJCA launched a training and technical assistance program designed to help juvenile…
Senators Host Discussion on Juvenile Justice Reform in Stamford
6/21/2015, Stamford Patch
By Barbara Heins
Three U.S. senators met with Stamford teens on Saturday for a roundtable discussion on problems with the juvenile justice system. Connecticut’s Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal and…
Justice Advocates Fight to Limit Shackles, Seclusion for Juveniles
6/18/2015, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Jamaal Abdul-Alim
WASHINGTON — Shackling young people in court makes court proceedings less fair and also fails to make courtrooms any safer. So argues attorney David Shapiro, who is leading a campaign against…
Solitary Confinement Makes Teenagers Depressed and Suicidal. We Need to Ban the Practice.
6/17/2015, Washington Post
By Ian M. Kysel
"What has always disturbed me most about the solitary confinement of children is its connection to self-harm and to death. Indeed, the best researchavailable suggests that solitary confinement is…
National, State Groups Urge NY Legislature to Raise the Age to 18
6/15/2015, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Staff
More than 40 national and state organizations dedicated to juvenile justice reform posted a joint letter today to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature on the need to raise the age of criminal…
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…
The Senate Can Make Sure Kalief Browder's Death Was Not in Vain
6/12/2015, The Hill
By Marcy Mistrett and Sarah Bryer
The untimely and grievous death of Kalief Browder is a direct result of our country’s failed crime policies, such as charging our youth as adults. We need to stop perpetuating this war on our…
State Ruling Affirms Easier Sealing of Juvenile-Court Records
6/11/2015, Seattle Times
By Mike Carter
"A sweeping decision by a majority of justices on the Washington state Supreme Court on Thursday will allow for the automatic sealing of tens of thousands of state juvenile-court records without…
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,…
Kalief Browder, Held at Rikers Island for 3 Years Without Trial, Commits Suicide
6/8/2015, The New York Times
By Michael Schwirtz and Mirchael Winerip
Kalief Browder was sent to Rikers Island when he was 16 years old, accused of stealing a backpack. Though he never stood trial or was found guilty of any crime, he spent three years at the New York…
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.
True Justice for Young Offenders: Gov. Cuomo on Why It's Time to Raise the Age of Criminal Responsibility
5/27/2015, New York Daily News
By Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Since I took office in 2011, I have taken steps to reform our juvenile justice system to make our communities safer while also ensuring that young offenders get the help they need to get on the right…
Texas: Legislature OKs Juvenile Justice Reforms
5/27/2015, San Antonio Current
By Michael Marks
A bill that juvenile justice groups praised as “a fundamental shift in how young people would be served by the justice system” passed through the state House of Representatives on…
Juvenile Jails Adopting ACE- and Trauma-Informed Practices
5/27/2015, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Ed Finkel
"Youths convicted of offenses that land them in facilities to serve out their sentences have a disproportionately high number of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). One Florida study recently put…
Nevada Offenders Under 18 No Longer Eligible for Life Without Parole
5/26/2015, Las Vegas Review-Journal
By Yesenia Amaro
"Nevada became the 13th state on Monday to abolish life-without-parole sentences for those under 18 after Gov. Brian Sandoval signed Assembly Bill 267 into law. The legislation eliminates the option…
New Juvenile Law Center Report: Ten Strategies to Reduce Juvenile Length of Stay
5/18/2015, Juvenile Law Center
By Jessica Feierman, Kacey Mordecai, and Robert G. Schwartz
Excerpt from Report Background Despite a significant national trend away from juvenile incarceration, the United States still places more young people in secure confinement than any other country…
Lynch on Youth Violence: ZIP Code Must Not Decide Children’s Future
5/12/2015, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Gary Gately
ARLINGTON, Va. — U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch served up some sobering statistics today at a national summit on preventing youth violence: More than three of five American children…
They’re Not ‘Thugs’ — They’re Our Children
5/8/2015, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By By Grace Bauer, James Bell, Sarah Bryer, Jody Kent Lavy, Marcy Mistrett, Marc Schindler and Marie Williams
Like most people watching the unrest unfold in Baltimore on the night of April 27, we felt dismay and hoped that no one would be seriously injured or killed. We regretted the violence and looting,…
What’s Actually In the JJDPA Reauthorization Bill
5/7/2015, The Chronicle of Social Change
By John Kelly
Sens. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) have introduced a bill to reauthorize the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. If it eventually passes, it will be the…
NCMHJJ and Collaborative for Change Release New Research and Program Brief
5/7/2015, NCMHJJ/Collaborative for Change
By Fred Meservey, LMSW and Kathleen R. Skowyra
The National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice (NCMHJJ) and the Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change released a new Research and Program Brief. Caring for Youth…
IACP Releases Youth Policing Online Assessment Brief
5/6/2015, IACP
By Staff
The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), in collaboration with OJJDP, has released “Youth Focused Policing Agency Self-Assessment.” This online resource will help law…
Provision Aims to Get ‘Smart on Juvenile Justice’
5/5/2015, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Gary Gately
WASHINGTON — Tear down more state youth prisons, and spend the money saved on community-based alternatives to incarceration. Doing so, juvenile justice advocates say, would reduce overall…
Grassley, Whitehouse Introduce Measure to Reauthorize Juvenile Justice Act
4/30/2015, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Gary Gately
WASHINGTON — A bipartisan juvenile justice bill introduced today would significantly strengthen requirements meant to protect youths while putting teeth into regulations to prevent widespread…
New Report Finds Incarceration for ‘Status Offenses’ Still Widespread
4/10/2015, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Gary Gately
WASHINGTON – More than half of U.S. states allow children to be detained for repeated nonviolent “status offenses” such as skipping school, running away from home or possession of…
New Resources on Trauma and Juvenile Justice from the Collaborative for Change
4/9/2015, Collaborative for Change
By Staff
The Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change (Collaborative for Change) announces the availability of multiple resources on trauma and the juvenile justice system. WEBSITE: A…
West Virginia Eases Strict Truancy Law
4/8/2015, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Gary Gately
Detention for truancy used to mean sitting in a classroom after school while your friends went out to play. In West Virginia, especially for the past five years, detention for unexcused absences has…
Study Finds That Juveniles Should be Kept Out of Prison System
4/6/2015, The Roosevelt Torch
By Rachel Popa
A recent and detailed needs assessment was commissioned by the Cook County Justice for Children and was conducted by Roosevelt University’s Mansfield Institute, which found that many higher-ups…
The Next Page: Dreaming of Freedom
4/5/2015, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
By Gary Gately
Kenneth Carl Crawford III, now 31, returns to that woods behind his childhood home in Oklahoma, but only in his mind — the only way the Greene County inmate can go back now, perhaps the only…
DC to Stop Routinely Shackling Juvenile Defendants in Court
4/3/2015, Washington Post
By Ben Nuckols
WASHINGTON — Juvenile defendants will no longer routinely be shackled during appearances in the District of Columbia’s federally run court system, a judge ordered Friday after…
A Radical Approach to Discipline that Starts with Listening to Students
4/2/2015, PBS Newshour
By Meredith Kolodner
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Having racked up multiple up absences and missed assignments, a high school sophomore showed up in his English class last year, hopeful for another chance. “Where have…
After Lockup, a Question of Care
3/30/2015, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Lynne Anderson
This news story is an introduction to the new Juvenile Justice Resource Hub section on Re-entry. Louie Chagolla was in and out of trouble with the law for most of his teenage years. He was in lockup…
DOJ Weighs in on Georgia Juvenile Indigent Defense Suit
3/27/2015, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Gary Gately
For the first time, the U.S. Department of Justice has intervened in a state lawsuit alleging juvenile defendants have been routinely denied adequate representation. “Due process requires that…
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…
Advocates Laud Florida Supreme Court Decisions
3/20/2015, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Gary Gately
WASHINGTON — Juvenile justice advocates hailed Friday four key Florida Supreme Court decisions on life without parole and other extremely long sentences imposed on children. The decisions…
Florida Supreme Court Orders New Sentences in Juvenile Cases
3/20/2015, Orlando Sentinel
By Brendan Farrington
TALLAHASSEE — A 33-year-old woman serving life without parole for the murder of a Panama City-area cab driver when she was 15 will get a new sentence under a ruling by the Florida Supreme Court…
Coalition for Juvenile Justice Publishes "Status Offenses: A National Survey"
3/19/2015, Coalition for Juvenile Justice
By Staff
The Coalition for Juvenile Justice has just published "Status Offenses: A National Survey," which examines existing status offense laws across the 50 states and the District of Columbia. It details…
Florida Supreme Court Rules on Miller Retroactivity, Virtual Life Sentences
3/19/2015, Juvenile Law Center, Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth
By Staff
Via the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth Florida Applies Miller Retroactively Today, the Supreme Court of Florida applied Miller v. Alabama retroactively. This means that the nearly 200…
Chronicle of Social Change Run Series on Positive Youth Justices
3/17/2015, Chronicle of Social Change
By John Kelly
The Chronicle of Social Change explores what an entire “Positive Youth Development Juvenile Justice System” would look like in a 5 part series that highlights established programs. These…
Apply Now for Youth Justice Leadership Institute
3/13/2015, National Juvenile Justice Network
By Staff
Advocates of color are encouraged to apply to apply to the National Juvenile Justice Network's 2015-2016 Youth Justice Leadership Institute. The Institute is a robust, year-long fellowship…
New Guidelines Set Forth Standard in Representing Children Facing Life Sentences
3/11/2015, Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth
By Staff
Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth developed the guidelines, based on death penalty practices, in collaboration with other experts Contact: James D. Ross Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of…
New OJJDP Bulletin on Pathways to Desistance
3/11/2015, OJJDP
By Staff
Psychosocial Maturity and Desistance From Crime in a Sample of Serious Juvenile Offenders In the March bulletin from OJJDP, the authors of the Pathways to Desistance study present key findings on…
Apply Now for Juvenile Probation Reform Academy
3/10/2015, APPA, CSG, and RFKNRCJJ
By Staff
The American Probation and Parole Association (APPA), the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, and the Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice have partnered,…
NACo Passes Juvenile Justice Reform Resolutions
3/9/2015, National Association of Counties
By Staff
During its recent Legislative Conference, the National Association of Counties' Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee passed two juvenile justice related resolutions related to 1) the…
New IACP Report: The Effects of Adolescent Development on Policing
3/2/2015, IACP
By Staff
The IACP has released a new resource brief for law enforcement titled, The Effects of Adolescent Development on Policing, which was developed with support from the Office of Juvenile Justice and…
Roper v. Simmons Ten Years Later: Recollections and Reflections on the Abolition of the Juvenile Death Penalty
3/1/2015, Juvenile Law Center
By Staff
Ten years ago, on March 1, 2005, the United States Supreme Court, in Roper v. Simmons, finally abolished the juvenile death penalty. The decision ended a barbaric part of our criminal justice history…
NCJJ Report Shows Juvenile Crime Keeps Falling, But Reasons Elusive
2/26/2015, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Matt Smith
Juvenile arrests for violent crime have dropped to a 30-year low, and fewer teens are being locked up than at any time in nearly 20 years, theNational Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ) found in its…
Applicants Sought for FY 2015 JMHCP Funding
2/24/2015, Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP)
By Staff
The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications for funding for its Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP).…
Federal Juvenile Justice Funding Declines Precipitously
2/12/2015, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Gary Gately
WASHINGTON — When congressional lawmakers last reauthorized the landmark Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, in fiscal year 2002, they appropriated about $547 million for juvenile…
Juvenile Justice Changes Outlined
2/11/2015, Scranton Times-Tribune
By Robert Swift
HARRISBURG — As juvenile crime drops, the juvenile justice system in Pennsylvania is making better use of evidence and statistics to design programs to keep offenders out of detention centers…
ABA Resolution Opposes Automatic Shackling of Youth in Courts
2/9/2015, American Bar Association
By Staff
During its Midyear Meeting, the American Bar Association passed a resolution to oppose the automatic shackling of youth in courts. The resolution "urges all federal, state, local, territorial and…
The Texas Way on Juvenile Justice
2/6/2015, The New York Times
By Editorial Board
Texas has made huge strides in reforming its once hellish juvenile justice system. Young offenders in state facilities were once subjected to brutality, neglect and sexual abuse. But after…
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…
Young Criminals, Old Practices: Reforming the Juvenile Justice System
2/3/2015, Times Free Press
By Claire Wiseman
States across the nation have spent the last 15 years slashing the number of juveniles in state-run justice facilities, either by sending them instead to local or county programs or by closing state…
NCSL Juvenile Justice Quarterly, Issue 10
2/2/2015, National Conference of State Legislatures
Now available from NCSL, Issue 10 of the Juvenile Justice Quarterly is an electronic newsletter for state legislators, legislative staff, and others interested in state juvenile justice policy. This…
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…
Black Teens Who Commit a Few Crimes go to Jail as Often as White Teens who Commit Dozens
1/30/2015, Washington Post
By Max Ehrenfreund
Boys are less likely to commit crimes but they are more likely to be placed in a correctional facility than they were three decades ago, according to a new study that shows the justice system for…
States See Marked Drop in Juvenile Prison Populations as Reforms Take Hold
1/29/2015, Washington Post
By Reid Wilson
A falling crime rate and new reforms to the way juveniles are treated by the criminal justice system have dramatically cut the number of young people in state prisons, according to a new report that…
Connecticut Lawmakers Seek to Limit Use of Shackles in Juvenile Court
1/29/2015, New Haven Register
By Karen Schmidt
Concerns about use of shackles on juveniles in court have prompted two lawmakers, Rep. Bruce Morris of Norwalk and Rep. Toni Walker of New Haven, to introduce legislation to limit the use of…
Not a Lock: Youth Who Stay Closer to Home Do Better than Those in Detention, Texas Study Shows
1/29/2015, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Lynne Anderson
A broad study of reforms in the Texas Juvenile Justice Department “puts a nail in the coffin” of the strategy of youth prisons as a public safety option, said the director of the Juvenile…
Why Keeping Young Offenders Out of Jail Could Reduce Crime
1/29/2015, PBS Newshour
Juvenile offenders kept under supervision close to home, rather than in secure, state-run facilities, are significantly less likely to be arrested again or commit more serious crimes, according to a…
Opportunity to Improve Diversion of Youth with Behavioral Health Disorders Announced
1/22/2015, National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice
By Staff
States seeking to develop or improve policies and practices that divert justice-involved youth with behavioral health disorders to appropriate community-based programs and services are encouraged to…
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…
Whistleblowers Say DOJ Grants Failed To Protect Kids Behind Bars
1/19/2015, National Public Radio
By Carrie Johnson
There's new scrutiny this year on a federal program that's supposed to protect juveniles in the criminal justice system. Senate lawmakers want to pass a bill that would ensure young people are not…
Cuomo Seeks to Raise Age of Criminal Responsibility
1/19/2015, Newsday
By Yancey Roy
ALBANY -- After a lengthy campaign by advocates, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Monday that the state should change the age of criminal responsibility to 18, meaning 16- and 17-year-olds would no longer…
‘Dual-Status’ Kids Endure Another Kind of Double Jeopardy
1/18/2015, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Gary Gately
It’s hard to say how many children become entangled in both the juvenile justice and child welfare systems, partly because of the historical bureaucratic divides between the two…
‘It’s About Prevention’: Newton County Seeks Alternatives for Youth in Foster or State Care
1/18/2015, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
By Virginia Lynne Anderson
Newton County is one of four sites in the nation chosen by the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps to serve as a demonstration project to help so-called dual-status youth, those in state…
Cooperation Improves Kids’ Lives in Tribal Nation within County
1/18/2015, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Molly Miron
BEMIDJI, Minn. — Way up in northwestern Minnesota, progress is being made within the Ojibwe tribes. “It’s been a long process,” said Trisha Hansen, Bemidji District…
OP-ED: Indiscriminate Shackling of Children in Juvenile Court Should End
1/16/2015, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Shawn C. Marsh
The practice of indiscriminate shackling of children in juvenile court — the use of wrist, belly or ankle restraints, often with limited consideration of the case’s circumstances —…
Grassley Lists Juvenile Justice As a Top Priority
1/14/2015, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Gary Gately
U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, the new chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, lists juvenile justice among his top legislative priorities, heartening juvenile justice advocates. Beth Levine,…
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…
In a Safer Age, U.S. Rethinks Its ‘Tough on Crime’ System
1/13/2015, The New York Times
By Erik Eckholm
Bullets were flying in the cities. Crack wars trapped people in their homes. The year was 1994, and President Bill Clinton captured the grim national mood, declaring “gangs and drugs have taken…
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…
Collaborative for Change Offers New Resource Package: Co-occurring Disorders Among Youth in Juvenile Justice
1/7/2015, Collaborative for Change
By Staff
Individuals with co-occurring disorders experience substance use and another mental health disorder simultaneously. Unique combinations of symptom patterns and behaviors can prevent youth from…
Sites Selected for Mental Health Training Initiative for Juvenile Justice
1/6/2015, Collaborative for Change
By Staff
The Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change has selected six sites to receive expert train-the-trainer instruction on the Mental Health Training Curriculum for Juvenile Justice…
Dual Status Youth Technical Assistance Initiative – Site Selection Announcement
1/6/2015, Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice
By Staff
The Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice, led by Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps, announces four jurisdictions selected to participate in the Dual Status…
MacArthur Foundation Urges Major Changes in Juvenile Justice System
1/5/2015, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Gary Gately
Solitary confinement of juveniles should be banned, and children should be exempt from sex offender registry requirements, according to the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The…
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…
Lifetime Registration for Juvenile Sex Offenders Ruled Unconstitutional
1/1/2015, The Morning Call
By Peter Hall
Pennsylvania's mandatory lifetime registration requirement for the worst juvenile sex offenders is unconstitutional because it assumes all children convicted of sex crimes are likely to commit…
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…
MacArthur Lauds Juvenile Justice Reformers
12/16/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Gary Gately
WASHINGTON — George W. Timberlake retired from the Illinois bench in 2006 — but certainly not from juvenile justice work. Since 2004, Timberlake has devoted countless hours to five…
Why the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act Matters to Cities
12/16/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Laura Furr
Last week, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, introduced the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act of 2014. The Juvenile Justice and…
9th Models for Change National Working Conference Marks Legacy Phase of John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Involvement in Juvenile Justice Reform
12/16/2014, Coalition for Juvenile Justice
By Marie N. Williams, J.D.
The Coalition for Juvenile Justice was honored to once again co-host the Annual Models for Change National Working Conference with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, especially during…
Judge Timberlake Honored as Champion for Change
12/15/2014, Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission
By Press Release
Judge George W. Timberlake, Chair of the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission, Honored as Champion for Change Timberlake’s Leadership Recognized at National Conference of MacArthur-supported…
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…
It costs states anywhere from $128 to $966 a day to confine a juvenile
12/10/2014, Washington Post
By Niraj Chokshi
Confining a juvenile can cost a state anywhere from $128 a day in Louisiana to $966 a day in New York, according to a new 46-state survey. That range, mapped below, reflects data gleaned from state…
What Youth Incarceration Costs Taxpayers
12/9/2014, US News and World Report
By Tierney Sneed
When youths pay for crime by being incarcerated, taxpayers, too, bear some of the burden. Locking up a juvenile costs states an average of $407.58 per person per day and $148,767 per person per year…
Sticker Shock: Calculating the Full Price Tag for Youth Incarceration
12/9/2014, Justice Policy Institute
Hidden Costs of Youth Incarceration Nationwide Estimated to Run Between $8 Billion and $21 Billion Each Year New report provides first-ever estimates of long-term costs of confinement on taxpayers…
The Kids are Alright: The Need for City-Led Juvenile Justice Reform
12/9/2014, National League of Cities
By Laura Furr
A new resource is available for city leaders committed to increasing public safety and improving youth outcomes through juvenile justice reform. NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education, and…
NLC Municipal Action Guide: Increasing Public Safety and Improving Outcomes for Youth through Juvenile Justice Reform
12/8/2014, National League of Cities
By National League of Cities
The National League of Cities Institute for Youth Education and Families Municipal Action Guide features: the need for juvenile justice reform by cities, strategies and action steps local leaders…
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…
Editorial: Second Chances for Teen Offenders
11/16/2014, The New York Times
By Editorial Board
The first juvenile courts were established more than a century ago on the principle that children deserve special care under the law because they are vulnerable, because their transgressions tend to…
Failed Policies, Forfeited Futures: A Nationwide Scorecard on Juvenile Records
11/13/2014, Juvenile Law Center
By Riya Saha Shah, Esq. and Lauren A. Fine, Esq.
New Study Reveals Majority of U.S. States Fail to Protect Juvenile Records Widespread access to records create barriers to education, employment, success (Philadelphia, PA) – According to a…
Woman’s Youthful Offense Wrecks Dream of Being a Nurse
11/13/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Lynne Anderson
Dina Lexine Sarver, wife and mother of two small children, has longed for years to be a nurse. So it’s easy to imagine her excitement when she was accepted last year into a nursing program at…
States Are Failing to Protect Juvenile Records, Study Shows
11/13/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Lynne Anderson
The records of juvenile offenders are not nearly as confidential as they should be, and the records are also not easily sealed or expunged, a report shows. The first such report, issued Thursday in…
NJJN Tip Sheet: Community-Based Supervision: Increased Public Safety, Decreased Expenditures
11/13/2014, National Juvenile Justice Network
By Staff
A longstanding and growing body of research shows that pre-trial detention and post-adjudication incarceration for youth can have extremely negative ramifications for the youth’s ability to get…
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…
SBIRT for Youth in Contact with Juvenile Justice
11/3/2014, NCMHJJ
By Staff
The National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice (NCMHJJ) is pleased to announce its receipt of a three-year grant from the Conrad Hilton Foundation to advance the use of the Screening,…
Researcher: Juvenile Justice Should Focus on Reform, Not Punishment
10/29/2014, The Journal Star
By Kevin Abourezk
Punishment-based juvenile justice programs aren’t as effective at reforming delinquent youngsters as those that work to identify and mitigate factors that trigger their delinquent behavior, a…
Champion of Louisiana Juvenile Justice Award to Marchman
10/28/2014, Monroe News Star
Fourth Judicial District Judge Sharon Marchman is the 2014 Champion of Louisiana Juvenile Justice, awarded annually by the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice to recognize those who have championed…
New JJGPS.org Section Explores Challenges of Integration for Dual Status Youth and States Solutions
10/20/2014, JJGPS
By Staff
Only 5 States Fully Integrate Juvenile Justice and Child Protection Systems at the State Level The Juvenile Justice GPS (JJGPS - Geography, Policy, Practice & Statistics) site (JJGPS.org) …
New Technical Assistance Opportunity for City Leaders Interested in Juvenile Justice Reform
10/16/2014, National League of Cities
By Laura Furr
This new 14-month technical assistance initiative will support efforts by city leaders to increase public safety and improve outcomes for youth involved in the juvenile justice system. The…
NJDC Has a New Website!
10/16/2014, NJDC
By Staff
The look is new but you can still find the National Juvenile Defender Center at njdc.info. Improvements to the site include: An interactive & dynamic platform including valuable…
In Their Own Words, Inmates Discuss the Riddle of Juvenile Justice
10/14/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Yunjiao Amy Li
The John Howard Association of Illinois, an independent prison watchdog and justice reform advocate, recently published a report introducing ways to reform the criminal justice system for youth…
Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change Has Enhanced Its Website!
10/14/2014, MHJJCFC
By Staff
The Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change has revamped its website! In addition to new features, the home page has been reorganized to enhance the usability of its original…
In Interrogations, Teenagers Are Too Young to Know Better
10/13/2014, New York Times
By Jan Hoffman
"Even when police interrogators left the room, cameras kept recording the teenage suspects. Some paced. Several curled up and slept. One sobbed loudly, hitting his head against the wall, berating…
Barbara Allen-Hagen Awards Ceremony Highlights Best Work from Facilities and Programs
10/10/2014, Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators
By Kim Godfrey
“Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.” The 2014 Performance-based Standards (PbS) Barbara Allen-Hagen Awards ceremony held last week…
Applications Encouraged for Support, Training and Assistance
10/10/2014, Models for Change
By Staff
Partnership between MacArthur Foundation and OJJDP creates opportunity for support, training and assistance at the state, regional and local level. Applications now encouraged. Apply for the…
Cities Further Juvenile Justice Reform through Information Sharing
10/7/2014, National League of Cities
By Laura Furr
Experts in the juvenile justice field and NLC are developing new resources to support effective information sharing among cities and partner agencies. Cities that effectively share information with…
No Country for Young Men
10/6/2014, The Marshall Project
By Dana Goldstein
Since the mid-1990s, as violent crime by juveniles has declined sharply, the United States has reduced the juvenile incarceration rate by nearly half. Those statistics mirror trends in adult crime…
Young Prisoners Given an Opportunity to Help Improve the Criminal Justice System
10/3/2014, Illinois Models for Change
By Jim Bray
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 of…
Report: Provide Treatment, Not More Juvenile Prisons
10/2/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Gary Gately
Maryland should invest in community-based treatment for juvenile delinquents instead of spending $225 million to build three juvenile prisons and replace buildings at a fourth, a state juvenile…
States Launch Web Tools to Help with Youth Expungement
10/2/2014, National Juvenile Justice Network
By Zoe Schein
Having a record—even from youth court—can drastically affect a young person’s life chances, including their prospects of education, employment, and housing. Expunging that record is…
What Life Is Like Inside The Woodland Hills Detention Center
9/30/2014, Nashville Public Radio
By Bobby Allyn
The hallways of Woodland Hills evoke an eerily quiet high school, only there are cages enforcing almost every window. Guards sitting at desks man nearly every corner. When it comes time for lights…
Escapes Spark Changes at Tennessee Juvenile Center
9/29/2014, ABC News
By Erik Schelzig
Tennessee officials plan to beef up security at a juvenile detention center where three major escape attempts in less than a month have worried the facility's neighbors, but they also want to keep…
Office of Justice Programs, MacArthur Foundation Renew Partnership With $2 Million Commitment to Advance Juvenile Justice Reform
9/23/2014, Office of Justice Programs
By Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Office of Justice Programs WASHINGTON– In a renewed private-public partnership, the Office of Justice Programs’ Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency…
Center for Children’s Law and Policy Launches Expands Project to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Juvenile Justice
9/23/2014, CCLP
By Tiana Davis
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Washington, DC – The Center for Children’s Law and Policy (CCLP) begins a nationwide search for two local jurisdictions to engage in a newly expanded effort to…
New Opportunity for Jurisdictions Seeking to Improve Outcomes for Dual Status Youth
9/23/2014, Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice
By Sorrel Dilanian
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice, led by Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps, is pleased to announce a new Dual Status Youth…
Mental Health Training Initiative for State and Local Juvenile Detention and Correctional Systems
9/23/2014, Collaborative for Change/National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice
By Ashley Degnan
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE A new effort to create sustainable mental health training capacity within state and local juvenile justice systems will offer up to six sites an opportunity to be trained in…
Risk Assessment and Behavioral health Screening (RABS) Project
9/23/2014, The National Youth Screening & Assessment Project
By Dr. Gina Vincent
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Two probation offices in each of two states will be selected to receive funding for a coordinator, get free training and technical assistance, and provided financial…
The Case for Delayed Adulthood
9/19/2014, The New York Times
By Laurence Steinberg
ONE of the most notable demographic trends of the last two decades has been the delayed entry of young people into adulthood. According to a large-scale national study conducted since the late 1970s,…
OJJDP Should Strengthen DMC Requirement: Report
9/16/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Gary Gately
States face no real federal pressure to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system, a new report says. The report by the National Research Council of the National Academy of…
New Report on State Trends to Remove Children from the Adult Justice System
9/12/2014, Campaign for Youth Justice
By Staff
A new report from the Campaign for Youth Justice (CFYJ), State Trends: Updates from the 2013-2014 Legislative Session, takes a look at states are removing children from the adult criminal justice…
Calcasieu Resource Center Has Been Huge Asset in Dealing with Juveniles
9/9/2014, American Press
By Jonathan Manning
The Calcasieu Parish Multi-Agency Resource Center, which provides assistance to at-risk children and their families, is an “unbelievable asset” for law enforcement, Lake Charles Chief of…
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…
Will This Be the Year JJDPA Is Reauthorized?
9/4/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Gary Gately
Forty years after its birth, the landmark federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act could be reauthorized by Congress this year. Reauthorization can hardly come soon enough for…
Improving Public Safety and Youth Outcomes through Juvenile Assessment and Service Centers
9/2/2014, National League of Cities
By Laura Furr
City leaders can improve public safety and outcomes for youth by promoting practices that hold youth accountable for wrongdoing in a way that is developmentally appropriate and fair. To advance…
Restorative Justice: Stats Pointing to Racial Bias in Expulsions and Suspensions Spur a New Look at School Discipline
9/1/2014, Illinois Issues
By Brian Mackey
If a student happens to have been born black, he’s three times more likely to be suspended or expelled than his white classmates. That statistic comes from the U.S. Department of Education, and…
National Association of Counties Calls for Abolition of Life Without Parole for Children
8/27/2014, NACo
By Staff
During its annual conference in New Orleans, the National Association of Counties (NACo) adopted more than 30 new policy positions to guide advocacy efforts. Included was the position that opposes…
Illinois Creates Independent Ombudsman Office to Protect Youth in Prison and on Aftercare
8/26/2014, Illinois Models for Change
By Staff
Illinois has joined a growing number of states with juvenile ombudsman programs intended to help protect the rights of youth in custody. “It is essential for the safety of our incarcerated…
History of CJCA: The Early Years (1994-1999)
8/26/2014, Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators
By Edward Loughran
CJCA entered the juvenile justice world during one of the most regressive reform periods in the history of juvenile justice. According to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency…
Los Angeles to Reduce Arrest Rate in Schools
8/18/2014, The New York Times
By Jennifer Medina
LOS ANGELES — After years of arresting students for on-campus fights and damaging school property, Los Angeles school officials are adopting new policies to reduce the number of students who…
Dual Status Youth: The Importance of Early Intervention and Successful Coordination
8/15/2014, Status Offense Reform Center Blog
By John Tuell
John Tuell of the Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice discusses the intersections of dual status youth and the issue of status offense reform in an interview for Vera's…
Evidence-Based ‘Gold Standard’: Coveted, Yet Controversial
8/13/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Gary Gately
The [evidence-based practice] designation is both coveted and controversial. Purists maintain only programs subjected to the highest scrutiny should be employed in juvenile justice, viewing them…
Analysis: Holes in the Evidence for Evidence-Based
8/13/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Dick Mendel
I was reminded of “Less Hype, More Help” this month by the rollout of a JJIE’s new online Resource Hub on evidence-based programs and practices, and by Gary Gately’s feature…
The Skinny on Evidence-Based Practices
8/12/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Benjamin Chambers
There’s a lot more to do to advance the spread of evidence-based practices. For this reason, next week, the Juvenile Justice Resource Hub will publish a new section devoted to evidence-based…
New Resource from NJDC: What Juvenile Defenders Should Know about the DSM-5
8/11/2014, National Juvenile Defender Center
By Staff
The National Juvenile Defender Center released a new resource brief entitled, What Juvenile Defenders Should Know about the DSM-5. This brief is intended to support juvenile defense advocacy by…
Baltimore Tightens Curfew Amid Skepticism and Protests
8/8/2014, Time Magazine
By Justin Worland
Most major cities have curfew policies, but experts doubt their effectiveness A Baltimore measure tightening its curfew policy to make it among the most stringent in the United States went into…
New Resource from NJDC: Juvenile Defense Attorneys and Family Engagement: Same Team, Different Roles.
8/7/2014, National Juvenile Defender Center
By Staff
The National Juvenile Defender Center has released a new resource to help support and facilitate juvenile defenders’ family engagement efforts, Juvenile Defense Attorneys and Family Engagement:…
After Discrimination Finding, Jury's Out On Memphis Juvenile Courts
8/6/2014, NPR
By Carrie Johnson
For people connected to the Memphis juvenile courts, April 2012 is unforgettable. That's when federal investigators determined that the Shelby County juvenile court system discriminated against…
Summit to Bring Together Juvenile Justice Pros, Youthful Advocates
8/6/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Gary Gately
“Building the next generation of juvenile justice leaders” will be the focus of a two-day summit in Washington co-hosted by the nonprofit Coalition for Juvenile Justice and the federal…
NLC Announces Municipal Leadership for Juvenile Justice Reform Webinar Series
8/4/2014, National League of Cities
By Laura Furr
City leaders interested in improving outcomes for youth and increasing public safety through juvenile justice reform are encouraged to participate in a series of webinars, during the next phase of…
U.S. Inquiry Finds a ‘Culture of Violence’ Against Teenage Inmates at Rikers Island
8/4/2014, The New York Times
By Benjamin Weiser and Michael Schwirtz
In an extraordinary rebuke of the New York City Department of Correction, the federal government said on Monday that the department had systematically violated the civil rights of male teenagers held…
Capitol Hill Roundtable: Interrupt the ‘Poverty-to-Prison Pipeline’
8/4/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Gary Gately
You’ve heard about the “school-to-prison pipeline.” Now, add to that the “cradle-to-prison pipeline,” the “poverty-to-prison pipeline” and the…
"Rising Starcia" - TV Evening Magazine Story on Starcia Ague
8/3/2014, Evening Magazine
By Staff
Champion for Change Starcia Ague is featured in this Evening Magazine story. "She grew up in a meth house. She says her dad ran the operation right next to her bedroom. And she says her mom was a…
New PBS Documentary: 15 to Life - Kenneth's Story
7/30/2014, PBS
By Point of View
PBS Premiere: August 4, 2014 Check Local Listings for Availability Synopsis Does sentencing a teenager to life without parole serve our society well? The United States is the only country in the…
CJJ Releases News Resources for Status Offense Reform
7/30/2014, Coalition for Juvenile Justice
By staff
The Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ) has released online publications to help juvenile justice stakeholders reform their approach to addressing status offenses, such as truancy, running away,…
Tennessee Chosen As 1 Of 5 States To Work On Juvenile Justice Reforms
7/28/2014, The Chattanoogan
By Staff
The Council for State Governments Justice Center, along with the National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC), will partner with Tennessee’s Department of Children’s Services (DCS) Juvenile…
OJJDP Bulletin Examines Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors Among Detained Youth
7/24/2014, OJJDP
By Staff
OJJDP has released “Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors Among Detained Youth.” The bulletin is part of OJJDP's Beyond Detention series, which examines the findings of the Northwestern…
Iowa: Mandatory Minimums for Juveniles Thrown Out
7/18/2014, The New York Times
By Staff
The Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday that juveniles cannot be given mandatory minimum sentences, making it the first state to interpret federal court directives that broadly. More than 100 prisoners…
Chance for Change: Video from the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth
7/17/2014, Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth
By Staff
The U.S. is the only country in the world that sentences children to life without the possibility of parole. Xavier, Dolphy, and Vance received a different sentence and as a result had a chance at…
Juvenile Justice Grant Funds Functional Family Therapy Program
7/14/2014, The Albany Herald
By Carlton Fletcher
Judge: Costs for juvenile offenders significantly lower with ‘evidence-based’ program ALBANY — The Dougherty County Commission is expected to sign off at its business meeting next…
Texas’ Front End Diversion Initiative Designated a "Promising Program"
7/14/2014, Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change
By Staff
The Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change is pleased to announce that Texas’ Front End Diversion Initiative (FEDI) has been designated a “Promising Program” by…
Video: Clark County’s Status Offense Reform Effort
7/14/2014, Status Offense Reform Center
By Staff
Jodi Martin, Models for Change Coordinator for Clark County (WA), describes how the current approach to truancy was developed to keep kids in schools and out of court. For more information on this…
Sens. Rand Paul and Cory Booker Cross Aisle for Bill on Juvenile Records, Solitary Confinement
7/9/2014, The Chronicle of Social Change
By John Kelly
A bill introduced this week by Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) would automatically seal or expunge the records of certain juveniles and limit the use of solitary confinement in…
Help for Troubled Youths
7/6/2014, The New York Times
By John Tuell
Considerable research on the adolescent brain and the neuroscience of adolescent development affirms that youths with a history of maltreatment are at increased risk for future delinquent and adult…
Book Review: A Call to Junk Juvenile Jails
7/6/2014, The Philadelphia Inquirer
By Marsha Levick
Nell Bernstein's new book, Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison, is a deft strike at the heart of America's century-old practice of locking children away in institutions. A searing…
Hassakis Recognized for Work in Juvenile Justice
7/6/2014, Southern Business Journal
By Staff
Mark D. Hassakis, attorney and senior partner of the law firm Hassakis & Hassakis, P.C. in Mount Vernon, received an award from the Juvenile Justice Initiative, Illinois Association of Juvenile…
Juvenile Justice Reform Should Focus on Our Communities
7/1/2014, The Hill
By Jerry Madden
The cheapest way to reduce crime is to prevent it. Evidence based prevention and intervention programs targeted at youth can stop the cycle of crime and violence before it begins. Providing youth…
Committed Municipal Leaders Gather for Juvenile Justice Reform Leadership Academy
6/30/2014, National League of Cities
By Laura Furr
Thirty local leaders from across the country committed to lead juvenile justice reform in their cities joined together during the Municipal Leadership for Juvenile Justice Reform Leadership Academy…
Tough Love or Abuse? Inside the Anchor Home for Boys
6/30/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Maurice Chammah
Hundreds of residential programs around the country — some religious, some secular — promise to improve the behavior of teenagers through strict discipline or ‘tough love.’…
‘Jane’ Didn’t Get the Help She Needed
6/28/2014, The New York Times
By Nicholas Kristoff
When the Juvenile Justice System Isn’t the Answer IF you want to understand just how miserable a childhood can be, 16-year-old “Jane Doe” is a good place to start. That’s…
Evidence Shows Community-Based Programs Work Better than Incarceration
6/25/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Stell Simonton
Keeping youth out of detention centers works, says a report released June 25 by Youth Advocate Programs (YAP). More than 8 out of 10 youth remained arrest-free after completing community-based…
Tennessee Chosen for Juvenile Justice Aid
6/25/2014, The Tennessean
By http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/crime/2014/06/25/tennessee-chosen-juvenile-justice-aid/11317201/
Tennessee is one of four states chosen for a federal program to better help juveniles with behavioral disorders stay out of custody. State officials are getting support from the Substance Abuse and…
The Quiet Crisis in Native American Juvenile Justice
6/23/2014, Corrections.com
By Robert Winters, JD, Professor, School of Criminal Justice, Kaplan University
There is a crisis facing the criminal justice system serving Native American youth. The general public has no idea of the challenges facing this group, but when President Barack Obama convened the…
5 Exonerated in Central Park Jogger Case Agree to Settle Suit for $40 Million
6/19/2014, The New York Times
By Benjamin Weiser
The five men whose convictions in the brutal 1989 beating and rape of a female jogger in Central Park were later overturned have agreed to a settlement of about $40 million from New York City to…
The Tragic, Maddening Failure of America's Juvenile Justice System
6/11/2014, The Week
By Andrew Cohen
When you start reading Nell Bernstein's haunting book about juvenile justice in America, you'll surely become heartbroken at the ways in which our nation systematically abuses, neglects, tortures,…
Youth Behind Bars: The High Cost of Kids in the Adult Criminal Justice System
6/10/2014, Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency
By Michelle Weemhoff and Kristen Staley
Thousands of children have been funneled into Michigan’s adult prison system due to a series of harsh “tough on crime” laws on perceived youth violence, according to a new report by…
A Model for Juvenile Detention Reform
6/8/2014, The New York Times
By Editorial Board
States are sending fewer and fewer children to juvenile correctional facilities, partly in response to research showing that locking up young people increases the risk that they will eventually drop…
Chicago Ushers in New Era in 1889 with Nation's First Juvenile Court
6/8/2014, The Chicago Tribune
By Ron Grossman
When Henry Campbell was brought before Judge Richard Tuthill on a charge of larceny on July 3, 1899, Chicago demonstrated to the world a new way of thinking about young people and crime. Before…
'Burning Down The House' Makes The Case Against Juvenile Incarceration
6/4/2014, NPR
By Staff
The American rate of juvenile incarceration is seven times that of Great Britain, and 18 times that of France. It costs, on average, $88,000 a year to keep a youth locked up — far more than the…
Colorado Passes Bill to Ensure Early Access to Counsel
6/4/2014, NJJN
By Zoe Schein
Last year, the National Juvenile Defender Center and the Colorado Criminal Defender Coalition exposed a huge gap in access to defense counsel for Colorado youth-finding that as many as 45% of…
Four Tribes to Create Juvenile Diversion Programs
5/30/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Stell Simonton
Four American Indian tribes in South Dakota, Colorado and Minnesota will be setting up programs to aid youth who otherwise might be incarcerated. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation…
End Mass Incarceration Now
5/24/2014, The New York Times
By Editorial Board
For more than a decade, researchers across multiple disciplines have been issuing reports on the widespread societal and economic damage caused by America’s now-40-year experiment in locking up…
Hickenlooper signs bill guaranteeing juvenile counsel
5/23/2014, The Denver Post
By Kate Gibbons
Children and teens arrested for crimes in Colorado are now guaranteed a lawyer whenever they face a judge, after Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill into law Wednesday. With the signing, arrested…
Holder Speaks Out Against Solitary Confinement of Mentally Ill Youths
5/16/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Gary Gately
U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. condemned “excessive” use of solitary confinement of children with mental illness in juvenile facilities. “At a minimum, we must work to…
Why Are Kids Being Tried in Kangaroo Courts?
5/16/2014, Rolling Stone
By Molly Knefel
Of all the constitutional rights afforded to Americans, the right to counsel is one of the most well known. In movies and TV shows, cops recite Miranda rights immediately upon arresting anyone,…
NCCD Policy Brief: Supervision Strategies for Justice-Involved Youth
5/16/2014, National Council on Crime and Delinquency
A new policy brief from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, one of the nations’ oldest criminal justice think tanks, reports on efforts to improve probation and parole supervision…
New RFK White Paper: From Conversation to Collaboration - How Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Agencies Can Work Together to Improve Outcomes for Dual Status Youth
5/9/2014, RFK National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice
By Staff
Dual status youth cross the agency lines of the juvenile justice and child welfare systems, yet the agencies do not always communicate or collaborate on plans to serve the youth. Research and…
Juvenile injustice: truants face courts, jailing without legal counsel to aid them
5/9/2014, Center for Public Integrity
By Susan Ferriss
Tennessee court procedures highlight national debate over minor offenders' rights "Since late last year, the Center for Public Integrity has been reviewing previously sealed documents that suggest a…
MHJJCC Resource Center Announces Updated Judges' Guide
5/9/2014, Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change
By Staff
The Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change announces the availability of the second edition of the Judges' Guide to Juvenile Mental Health Jargon: A Quick Reference for Juvenile…
Juvenile Justice Diversion for Tribal Youth
5/7/2014, NCMHJJ
By Staff
Through the support of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, four federally recognized tribes will have an opportunity…
Youth Radio investigates the true costs of court involvement
5/3/2014, Marketplace
By Youth Radio
Youth Radio investigates the true costs of court involvement, with infographic that walks through the cost of court involvement, highlighting fees for everything from a public defender to the per…
CJJ Announces New Resources on Status Offense Reforms
5/2/2014, Coalition for Juvenile Justice
By Staff
Over the last few months, CJJ has released several publications related to status offenses (conduct that would not be a crime if committed by an adult, e.g. truancy, running away, violating curfew…
Producer Scott Budnick On Changing Lanes And Juvenile Justice
4/30/2014, NBC News
By Maria Shriver
As a Hollywood movie producer, Scott Budnick has had the kind of career film students sit in class and dream about. He worked his way up through the Hollywood ranks from lowly casting assistant to…
Officials aim to tweak juvenile justice, help troubled teens
4/29/2014, Lincoln Journal Star
By Jonathan Edwards
Teens tumbling through the welfare system often don’t get as fair a shake in court as those who have support at home and school, and that can throw them deeper into trouble, criminal justice…
LTE: Stop the school-to-prison pipeline
4/28/2014, The Post and Courier
By Letter to the Editor
David Slade's article on juvenile detention ("Juvenile Justice System Fails to Educate," April 16) exposes the shortcomings of our juvenile detention centers in our state. Instead of faulting the…
Redeploy Illinois savings surpass $60 million by diverting more than 1,000 youth from prison
4/28/2014
By Illinois Models for Change
Counties reduce juvenile prison commitments by 54 percent CHICAGO – A successful juvenile prison diversion program in Illinois has helped more than 1,232 youth receive rehabilitative services…
In Latest Reform, Kentucky Softens Approach to Juvenile Offenders
4/25/2014, Frontline/PBS
By Sarah Childress
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D) today plans to sign into law a package of reforms to the state’s juvenile justice program on Friday, the latest step in Kentucky’s effort to overhaul its…
Study: Minority Kids Hit Hardest By Illinois Law
4/22/2014, Associated Press
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – A 32-year-old Illinois law that requires juveniles accused of the most serious crimes to be charged as adults may be discriminatory, prevents judges from exercising…
Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change Announces Suicide Prevention Resources, Month-Long Suicide Prevention Campaign
4/21/2014, Collaborative for Change
The Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change (Collaborative for Change) announces the addition of "Preventing Suicide Among Justice-Involved Youth" to its on-line resources.…
Op-ed: Connecticut’s leadership on juvenile justice in jeopardy
4/21/2014, The Connecticut Mirror
By Sarah Bryer
What in the world is going on in Connecticut? For a number of years now, the state has been a national leader in juvenile justice policy, but all of a sudden, it’s in danger of losing its…
The Next Juvenile Justice Reform
4/20/2014, The New York Times
By Editorial Board
Research has long shown that locking up young people puts them at greater risk of dropping out of school, joining the unemployment line and becoming permanently entangled in the criminal justice…
"No Child is Born Bad," CFSY youth justice advocate Xavier McElrath-Bey says in Northwestern TEDx talk
4/19/2014, Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth
A powerful and moving TEDx Northwestern U talk by Xavier McElrath-Bey, who went to prison at 13 after he was involved in a gang-related murder. He joins the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth…
Teens Who Expect to Die Young are More Likely to Commit Crime
4/17/2014, The Washington Post
By Emily Badger
The Pathways to Desistance longitudinal study followed more than 1,000 juvenile offenders in Phoenix and Philadelphia, tracking them as they left their teen years, as they grew either out of the…
Why can't we do more for victims of crime?
4/17/2014, The Los Angeles Times
By Editorial Board
Thirty years ago, Congress passed the Victims of Crime Act, which directed money from fines and fees paid by criminal offenders to programs designed to help their victims. Since then several billion…
Trafficked and Exploited Girls Need Help, Not Incarceration
4/17/2014, Status Offense Reform Center
By Malika Saada Saar, Guest Blogger
A few years ago, I met a young girl, “Denise,” who told me that her uncle had repeatedly raped her since she was 8. To stop the endless abuse, Denise said, she deliberately got pregnant…
New Whitepaper on Juvenile Defense Attorneys: A Critical Protection Against Injustice
4/15/2014, National Juvenile Defender Center
By Staff
Stakes are high when youth come into contact with the juvenile justice system. When a child’s liberty and freedom are at risk, meaningful access to legal advice and the counsel of a juvenile…
Burns Institute Announces Interactive Maps Showing Disparities in Juvenile Justice
4/15/2014, W. Haywood Burns Institute
A new interactive map, Unbalanced Juvenile Justice, provides powerful graphics and data about racial and ethnic disparities in states and counties. With the ability to customize searches, compare…
For Juvenile Justice, Let the Past Inform the Future
4/14/2014, The Chronicle of Social Change
By Robin Jenkins
It has become more apparent to me that the future of juvenile justice reform may rest in some of the lessons learned in the past, combined with substantial evolving research that has positively…
NJJN Report: A House Divided No More: Common Cause for Juvenile Justice Advocates, Victim Advocates, and Communities
4/8/2014, National Juvenile Justice Network
By Staff
A new report from the National Juvenile Justice Network dispels some of the misconceptions about youthful “offenders” and “victims,” and argues for more holistic approaches…
OP-ED: Children Deserve Our Honesty and Compassion
4/8/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Staff
We shouldn’t ignore their [young people’s] cries for attention, or vilify adolescence. We should encourage strengths, stimulate minds, and attempt to understand adolescent behavior so…
LGBTQ Youths Detained for Status Offenses Twice as Often as Others
4/7/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Gary Gately
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth are twice as likely as other youngsters to be detained in a juvenile detention facility for status offenses, experts said. The…
NCCD New Reports: Youth Incarceration Is Down, But Not for Youth of Color
4/7/2014
By National Council on Crime and Delinquency
The National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) released the first two reports in a new series on the dramatic reduction of youth incarceration rates in most US states. The latest data from the…
When Youth Violence Spurred ‘Superpredator’ Fear
4/6/2014, The New York Times
By Clyde Haberman
After a surge of teen violence in the early 1990s, some social scientists predicted the future was going to be a whole lot worse. Reality proved otherwise. That fear, verging on panic, is the…
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…
JJIE.org Releases New Juvenile Justice Digital Magazine
3/26/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Staff
In 10 articles, the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange’s (JJIE.org) new digital magazine explores many of the key issues that come to play in youth justice, including mental health,…
Illinois Commission recommends removing juvenile offenders from sex registries, bolstering treatment
3/25/2014, Associated Press
By John O'Connor
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — Requiring juveniles to register as sex offenders impairs rehabilitation efforts for a crime that very few of them ever commit again, a study released Tuesday says.
Study: Illinois Far Behind, Too Harsh With Juvenile Sex Offenders on Registry, Discipline
3/25/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Lily Oberman, The Chicago Bureau
CHICAGO - The Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission released their report on juvenile sex offenders and registration practices Tuesday, with a leading author calling the current rules and regulations…
Five Offenses Can Land Kids (But Not Adults) In Jail
3/24/2014, Rolling Stone
By Molly Knefel
Truancy, running away from home, and 'incorrigibility' can lead to kids getting locked up "Supporters of the U.S. criminal justice system often justify locking people up in jails and prisons by…
While still allowing status offenders to be detained, juvenile justice reforms clear full Senate 31-7
3/20/2014, Pure Politics/Time Warner Cable
By Nick Storm
It doesn’t go as far as some of its architects initially wanted, but a series of reforms to Kentucky’s juvenile justice system cleared the Senate Thursday by a 31-7 vote. A task force…
Kids Doing Time for What's Not a Crime: The Over-Incarceration of Status Offenders
3/18/2014, Texas Public Policy Foundation
By Report by Marc Levin and Derek Cohen
Check out this timeline outlining the history of the confinement status offenders. A new report from the Texas Public Policy Foundation offers an overview of the nation’s use of confinement…
Laurence Steinberg responds to Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper:" More systemic reforms needed
3/12/2014
By MfC Staff
If the President's initiative is to be successful, transformations are needed in social institutions such as the justice system. Laurence Steinberg supports interventions to improve life chances…
Lessons from "Kids for Cash," Part 5: Disruptions in Education Disrupt Lives
3/12/2014, Juvenile Law Center
By Blog
Kids for Cash, the movie The notorious juvenile court judge Mark Ciavarella regularly spoke at Luzerne County schools, telling students that he would lock them up for school-based misbehavior.…
More Harm Than Good: In Support of Eliminating the Use of Secure Confinement for Non-Delinquent Youth
3/11/2014, National Council on Crime and Delinquency Blog
By Marie N. Williams, JD, Coalition for Juvenile Justice Executive Director
Coalition for Juvenile Justice executive director Marie Williams makes the case for the elimination of the use of secure confinement for status offenders: "Research tells us that locked confinement…
After Decades of Spending, Youth of Color Still Overrepresented in System
3/7/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By MfC Staff
National Youth Screening & Assessment Project, with help from the National Juvenile Defender Center After 20 years and millions of dollars from OJJDP, youth of color are still overrepresented…
Op Ed: Fund Alternatives Instead Of Locking Up More Kids
3/3/2014, The Hartford Courant
By Abby Anderson
Connecticut's juvenile justice reforms have reduced crime and saved money. I regularly field inquiries from other states where people want to emulate our progress. One state seems bent on…
N.Y., N.C. consider changes to juvenile justice laws
3/1/2014, USA Today
By Yamiche Alcindor
[Advocates] efforts are part of a national movement to make New York and North Carolina treat 16- and 17-year-olds as juveniles rather than adults in the criminal justice system. The two states are…
Chicago Public Schools: Expulsion rate higher at charter schools
2/26/2014, Chicago Tribune
As it continues to modify strict disciplinary policies in an effort to keep students in the classroom, Chicago Public Schools on Tuesday released data showing privately run charter schools expel…
Advocates contend that MI bills leave too much room for extreme and even unconstitutional sentencing
2/5/2014, National Juvenile Justice Network
By Staff
In the wake of Miller v. Alabama, the U.S. Supreme Court case that found mandatory sentences of life without the possibility of parole to be unconstitutional for youth under age 18, many states have…
Illinois Riddled With Issues of Juvenile Access to Counsel, Fair Representation
2/5/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Suyeon Son
In 2007, Northwestern University Law School’s Children and Family Justice Center and the National Juvenile Defender Center collaborated to identify key issues in Illinois with juvenile access…
Parole hearings for juvenile lifers in Michigan will have to wait
2/4/2014, Detroit Free Press
By Kathleen Gray
LANSING — The 350 or so Michigan inmates who were convicted of crimes carrying a mandatory life sentence without parole when they were juveniles will have to wait for clarification from the…
Many say moving juveniles to adult court a mistake
1/30/2014, ABC News
By Isaac Wolf
Nine thousand times a year, U.S. judges move juvenile suspects into criminal court, opening the door to a stay in adult jail. While judges say these transfers are meant for youths suspected of the…
Professor: No justice for juvenile suspects, and the system needs changes
1/29/2014, Contra Costa Times
By Lou Fancher
MORAGA -- Photographer and activist Richard Ross has a blunt assessment of America's juvenile justice system. He emphatically proclaims that if there is one network in this country that demands…
Jetson youth center closure shrouded in secrecy
1/27/2014, The Advocate
By Ryan Broussard
In a surprise move Sunday, the state Office of Juvenile Justice closed Jetson, a 65-year-old state juvenile prison in Baker, and secretly spirited its 76 inmates to other facilities between midnight…
Tribal juvenile justice outdated
1/25/2014, The Durango Herald
By Jim Trotter
A 1938 law sweeps Native American and Alaska Native youths into the federal criminal justice system when they commit anything beyond misdemeanor crimes. Although Native Americans make up little more…
Quinn appoints new director of DCFS
1/24/2014, The Chicago Tribune
By Christy Gutowski and Monique Garcia
A veteran of Illinois' child welfare agency who left three years ago to lead the state's juvenile justice efforts is coming back home. Gov. Pat Quinn said Friday that he has named Arthur Bishop as…
Casey’s Lubow Retiring after 22 Years Leading Juvenile Justice Reform
1/24/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Gary Gately
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Bart Lubow, the architect of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s widely acclaimed Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI), will retire June 30 after 22 years leading…
Focus on Behavioral Health is Key to Successful Local Juvenile Justice Diversion Programs
1/21/2014, National League of Cities
By Laura Furr
Due to the increased spotlight on recidivism and a growing consensus that children involved in juvenile court are at risk of worse life outcomes, many states and cities are investigating ways to…
When Children Become Criminals
1/19/2014, The New York Times
By Editorial board
New York is one of two states, the other being North Carolina, in which 16-year-olds are automatically tried as adults. This is the case despite overwhelming evidence that sending children into adult…
Juveniles Facing Lifelong Terms Despite Rulings
1/19/2014, The New York Times
By Erik Eckholm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — In decisions widely hailed as milestones, the United States Supreme Court in 2010 and 2012 acted to curtail the use of mandatory life sentences for juveniles, accepting the…
Voices from the 2013 Models for Change Conference
1/17/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Staff
Exclusive interviews with some of the biggest names in juvenile justice reform, taken at the 2013 MacArthur Models for Change Conference.
Federal Grant Funding for State Juvenile Programs Cut
1/17/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Gary Gately
Juvenile offenders and their parents in California signed contracts agreeing to school attendance, curfews, drug testing and counseling – and the agreements prevented the youths from being…
Collaboration Seeks to Divert Kids from Juvenile Justice System
1/17/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Gary Gately
A pilot program in Wayne County, Mich., provides police training on how to recognize and respond to mental health and substance abuse problems with youth and to refer them to community-based programs…
A Q&A With Mariame Kaba: Can the U.S. Snap School-to-Prison Pipeline with New Rules?
1/16/2014, The Chicago Bureau
Mariame Kaba is the founding director of Project NIA, a Chicago-based nonprofit that supports youth involved in the criminal justice system with a mission to eradicate the incarceration of minors.…
Expunge.io Website Helps Teens Move Past Their Juvenile Arrests
1/15/2014, DNAinfo Chicago
By Darryl Holliday
CHICAGO — Thousands of teens are arrested each year, but relatively few take advantage of a little-known legal process that can help them transition into adulthood after juvenile court.
Georgia Reform Council Recommends Further Changes After Juvenile Code Rewrite
1/14/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By James Swift
Georgia’s juvenile justice system has undergone numerous sweeping changes to begin the new year. With a new law (HB 242) taking effect earlier this month, a just released Georgia Council on…
'Two Spirits' helps gay youths in juvenile detention
1/13/2014, Statesman Journal
By Hannah Hoffman
The Two Spirits group helps incarcerated lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youths. The program is the only one of its kind in Oregon and possibly in the United States. It has developed into a…
Balanced approach long overdue
1/10/2014, Brattleboro Reformer
By Editorial
Zero tolerance has been a common mantra in our nation's schools ever since the Columbine shooting nearly 15 years ago. School administrators adhere to this strict discipline approach to keep…
Juvenile justice reform drive includes Missouri
1/9/2014, The Kansas City Star
By Mark Morris
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Recent Supreme Court rulings finding that juveniles are less culpable for crimes than their adult counterparts are resonating in state capitals across the country, Jefferson…
Prosecutor supports recent change in juvenile law
1/9/2014, State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
By Chris Dettro
The new state law that classifies 17-year-olds charged with some felonies as juveniles rather than adults won’t have much effect on the Sangamon County justice system.
Illinois Takes Huge Step in Juvenile Justice Reform
1/9/2014, The Huffington Post
By Angela Caputo
Chicago police began turning 17-year-olds over to the juvenile courts last week, under a new Illinois law that sets the bar for felony prosecution at 18. A little more than a year ago, The Chicago…
Administration Urges Restraint in Using Arrest or Expulsion to Discipline Students
1/8/2014, The New York Times
By Motoko Rich
The Obama administration issued guidelines on Wednesday that recommended public school officials use law enforcement only as a last resort for disciplining students, a response to a rise in…
Federal guidelines address discipline in nation’s schools
1/7/2014, The Washington Post
By Donna St. George
Federal officials Wednesday released guidelines intended to help the nation’s schools create discipline policies that would keep more students in class, avoid unnecessary out-of-school…
Zero Tolerance, Reconsidered
1/5/2014, The New York Times
By Editorial Board
Schools across the country are rethinking “zero tolerance” discipline policies under which children have been suspended, even arrested, for minor offenses like cursing, getting into…
Zero-Tolerance Policies May Make Schools More Unsafe, Report Finds
1/3/2014, The Huffington Post
By Rebecca Klein
Zero-tolerance policies in schools may have zero point. That's the conclusion of a recent report from the Vera Institute of Justice, a nonprofit center that studies justice policy. The report,…
Zero-tolerance school discipline policies not increasing safety, new report argues
1/2/2014, Michigan Live
By Brian Smith
LANSING -- A quarter-century after the rise of zero-tolerance school discipline policies, new research indicates the crackdown on misbehavior in schools has not increased school safety. The Vera…
17-Year-Olds Accused of Felonies to be Treated as Juveniles
12/31/2013, DNAinfo.com
By Erin Meyer
COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — The New Year will bring new chances for young people charged with felonies in Illinois.
LookBack: Local Juvenile Justice Reformer Awarded as “Gutsy Youth Advocate of the Year”
12/27/2013, The Chicago Bureau
By La Risa Lynch
Reviewing the year, The Chicago Bureau, based at Northwestern University’s Medill School, didn’t have to look far for someone who stood out in the eyes of national groups for their work…
In Georgia, Getting Smart on Juvenile Crime
12/27/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By John Lash
ATHENS-- There are a dozen or so people around the large table. Men and women from the police department, Department of Juvenile Justice, Department of Family and Children Services, the school…
Some juveniles will get new start
12/24/2013, Southern Illinoisan
By Nick Mariano
The new year might represent a fresh start for many, but for some juveniles in six Southern Illinois counties, Jan. 1 could prove to be life altering.
Reforming juvenile justice
12/22/2013, The Frederick News-Post
By Staff
It’s hard to imagine what life inside an adult jail must be like for a teenager. Bleak, dark, terrifying are some of the things that come to mind. Even for adults, jail can be a dehumanizing…
Penn State Student Overcomes ‘Juvenile Delinquent’ Label to Earn Degree
12/20/2013, Centre County Gazette
By Staff
When Scott Earnest, of Lewistown, picks up his diploma Dec. 21 during Penn State’s fall commencement ceremonies, he will be defying expectations after a troubled history in the juvenile…
Spilka given award for work in juvenile justice reform
12/13/2013, The Metro West Daily News
By Staff
Sen. Karen Spilka has been named a Champion for Change by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s “Models for Change” program for her work in juvenile justice…
Center Aims to Keep Status Offenders Out of Courts
12/13/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Gary Gately
In Florida, a statewide network of nonprofits working seven days a week, 24 hours a day provides community-based help for families of teens in crisis. In Clark County in Washington state, students…
Seeing the toll, schools revise zero tolerance
12/2/2013, New York Times
By Lizette Alvarez
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Faced with mounting evidence that get-tough policies in schools are leading to arrest records, low academic achievement and high dropout rates that especially affect…
Justice Anne Burke Calls for Changing How Courts Punish Kids With Guns
11/26/2013, DNAinfo.com
By Mark Konkol
CHICAGO -- The story of Rodnell Dennis — an all-too-real tale of how a Chicago kid became a teenage killer — got an influential Illinois judge thinking about how juvenile courts can fail…
Michelle Obama honors Chicago Storycatchers Theatre actors
11/22/2013, WLS-TV Chicago
By Leah Hope
CHICAGO -- Some young actors in Chicago received a well-deserved pat on the back from the nation's First Lady on Friday.
What Happens when teen's punishment doesn't fit crime?
11/21/2013, Fox News, Philadelphia
By Jeff Cole
PHILADELPHIA - Earlier this week, we showed you video of a brutal girl fight at a local high school. While we don't yet know what will become of the teens involved, we do know with every incident…
Officials investigating juvenile court system
11/19/2013, Columbia Daily Tribune
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating St. Louis County Family Court's compliance with federal civil rights laws and whether its juvenile court system engages in a…
To understand juvenile detention, listen to the kids inside
11/15/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By John Lash
Research shows a direct link between the quality of a youth’s experience in detention and their continued involvement in the system and likelihood to commit new offenses. “Youths…
Sparing children from life in prison without parole
11/15/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Gary Gately
WASHINGTON – Jason Baldwin hopes to spare others from growing up, growing old – and dying – in prison. Baldwin, who was sentenced to life without parole at 16 for a crime he did not…
Should 17-year-old criminal offenders go back to juvenile court?
11/14/2013, Greenbay Press Gazette
By Andy Thompson
In Wisconsin, 17-year-olds are prohibited from voting, drinking alcohol or buying cigarettes. But if they break the law, they’re treated as adults. It’s been that way since 1996, but a…
Racial disparities in juvenile justice system addressed
11/14/2013, The Middletown Press
By Alex Gecan
MIDDLETOWN To illustrate the stark racial disparities in the state’s juvenile justice system, think about this: While non-white kids make up 57 percent of the patients at Riverview Hospital, a…
Va. justice system headed for crisis
11/14/2013, Richmond Times-Dispatch
By Frank Green
Virginia’s justice system is too expensive, ineffective, unfair and headed for a crisis, according to a policy brief released Wednesday by the Justice Policy Institute. The institute's study…
Schools that separate the child from the trauma
11/13/2013, The New York Times
By David Bornstein
Recently, I reported on the damaging effects that prolonged stress can have on young children who lack adequate protection from adults. Over the past 15 years, researchers have learned that highly…
Proposed reforms to juvenile representation stir concerns in Colorado
11/11/2013, The Denver Post
By Jordan Steffen and Kurtis Lee
Juveniles who do not meet with defense attorneys are often not advised of the long-term ramifications they may face if they plead guilty in an effort to quickly resolve their case, said Kim Dvorchak,…
Inside heads and cells of juvenile offenders: New Philly art exhibit showcases and helps youth
11/7/2013, Philly.com
By Alex Wigglesworth
What was originally conceived as a locally-staged art exhibition highlighting the need for reforms to the nation's juvenile justice system has snowballed into something much more. At nonprofit arts…
Juvenile justice making advances, still has problems
11/3/2013, The News Star
By Mike Hasten
BATON ROUGE — Louisiana is making significant strides in reducing the number of young offenders being locked up in juvenile jails but it doesn’t make the facilities safer. And, according…
Experts offer solutions for juvenile justice system
11/2/2013, The Des Moines Register
Models for Change expertise on reforming Iowa's juvenile justice system. Read quotes from Laurence Steinberg, psychology professor at Temple University, and Melissa Sickmund, director of the National…
New coalition to focus on juvenile justice in Jacksonville
10/29/2013, The Florida Times-Union
By Topher Sanders
More than two dozen Northeast Florida elected officials, churches, advocacy groups and policy organizations are joining forces to put a stop to the criminalization of first-time juvenile offenders…
Achieving Better Outcomes for Youth of Color Through JJDPA
10/29/2013, Spark Action
By Anna Wong
Addressing disproportionate minority contact (DMC) is one of the four core requirements of the Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention Act (JJDPA), which says: “States are required to…
Union County receives $200,000 juvenile justice grant
10/28/2013, The Southern Illinoisan
Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds recently announced that Union County received a $200,000 juvenile justice grant from the Illinois Department of Human Services to establish a…
A Bid to Keep Youths Out of Adult Prisons
10/28/2013, The New York Times
By John Schwartz
DENVER — James Stewart died alone. The 17-year-old from Denver had committed a terrible act: while driving drunk, he slammed into another vehicle head on and killed its driver. Initially placed…
Survey of Police Chiefs Yields Distressing Responses Regarding Juvenile Justice
10/24/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By James Swift
A new report released by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) takes a look at law enforcement perspectives on young offenders and juvenile justice system collaboration. Nearly…
‘Raise the Age’ advocates tout new report on juvenile justice
10/16/2013, News Observer
By Mary Cornatzer
The NC Insider is reporting that advocates for raising the age at which North Carolinians are tried in adult courts are touting a new national study that notes that 48 other states have enacted…
Florida struggles to craft juvenile sentencing policy
10/16/2013, CBS Miami
TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) — As state legislators have tried and failed to craft a juvenile-sentencing law that conforms to landmark U.S. Supreme Court rulings, a national advocacy group is…
Children, even teenagers, don’t belong in adult jails
10/15/2013, The Washington Post
By Editorial page
WHAT DO you do with children suspected or convicted of committing very adult crimes? The answer isn’t easy, particularly when violence is involved. One thing that’s clear, though:…
Advocates urge juvenile justice improvements
10/14/2013, Daily Local News
By Bill Rettew
COATESVILLE — In recognition of National Youth Awareness Month, community leaders, former youth offenders and the public discussed ways to reduce the number of juveniles sentenced to adult…
Improving the court’s response to status offenders
10/14/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Judge Michael Nash
We are now approaching the last quarter of 2013 and the subject of status offenders and what we should do with them or for them is still an active subject of discussion within the framework of our…
Few communities able to assist with youths in crisis
10/13/2013, Great Falls Tribune
By Briana Wipf
In May 2011, Ron Kemp had an already auspicious career in law enforcement behind him when he took a job he hoped would allow him to help in a new way — that of chief juvenile probation officer…
Louisiana lags in youth justice reforms
10/13/2013, The Advertiser
By Mike Hasten
Many young offenders serve time in adult prisons BATON ROUGE — As a state that has more of its citizens in prison than anywhere else in the world, Louisiana has not taken steps to stop…
Health, education resources key in juvenile justice
10/11/2013, The Times of Chester County
By Kyle Carrozza
Experts discuss ways to promote rehabilitation, avoid recidivism COATESVILLE – Especially in Pennsylvania, where more adults are serving life sentences for crimes committed as juveniles than…
Florida lawmakers consider juvenile justice
10/11/2013, Herald-Tribune
By Lloyd Dunkelberger
TALLAHASSEE One of Rep. Ray Pilon’s major tasks in the 2014 session will be reshaping Florida’s juvenile justice system. This week Pilon guided members of the House Criminal Justice…
A new national report shows almost half of the states are taking tangible steps to reform their youth criminal justice systems
10/10/2013, The Washington Times
By Jeffrey Anderson
A new national report shows almost half of the states are taking tangible steps to reform their youth criminal justice systems. The District is not among them. In the past eight years, some 40…
State seeking major overhaul of juvenile justice system
10/10/2013, Orlando Sentinel
By Margie Menzel
TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice is proposing a major overhaul of its mission, emphasizing prevention while keeping the most dangerous offenders from committing more…
New documentary on Champion for Change Starcia Ague who overcame troubled youth to become inspirational advocate
10/10/2013
A new hour-long documentary “Starcia” features an in-depth look at the life of Starcia Ague, a remarkable woman who overcame a youth troubled by drugs, crime and involement in the…
Nearly half of U.S. states enact juvenile justice reforms
10/9/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Gary Gately
WASHINGTON – Nearly half of U.S. states have made great strides in the past eight years toward reducing the prosecution of juveniles in the adult criminal justice system or preventing youths…
New Massachusetts law places 17-year-olds in juvenile courts
10/7/2013, The Berkshire Eagle
By Andrew Amelinckx, Berkshire Eagle Staff and Lisa Redmond, The Lowell Sun
Nearly every day, 17-year-olds from around Massachusetts end up in District Court after being arrested for disorderly conduct, trespassing, theft, illegal possession of alcohol or other minor crimes.…
Bies urges returning 17-year-olds to juvenile justice system
10/5/2013, Door County Advocate
A bipartisan group of legislators has introduced a bill that would return 17-year-olds to the juvenile justice system if they are first-time offenders charged with non-violent crimes. Wisconsin is…
In D.C., life after prison poses extra challenges for youths convicted as adults
9/28/2013, Washington Post
By Theresa Vargas
Released in February, Gary Durant is among hundreds of ex-offenders who return to the District each year with felonies on their records, looking to navigate a city that doesn’t resemble the one…
Effort aims to give teens a 'Second Chance'
9/28/2013, Leader-Telegram
By Andrew Dowd
Wisconsin attorneys are pushing to undo a law - enacted in the mid-1990s in reaction to a wave of juvenile crime - that puts 17-year-olds in the adult criminal justice system. The State Bar of…
Watchdog to judges: Stop putting kids with mental health needs in prison
9/27/2013, Chicago Public Radio
By Patrick Smith
A new report from the prison watchdog John Howard Association says mental health treatment in Illinois youth prisons is so bad that judges need to stop sending kids with mental health needs to…
Justice department pushes new thinking on kids and crime
9/26/2013, National Public Radio
By Carrie Johnson
The Justice Department, along with the Education Department, is working hard to stop what experts describe as a "school-to-prison pipeline." For a man who spent the bulk of his career as a public…
Nebraska Bar Association sees hope in reform of juvenile justice system
9/26/2013, McCook Daily Gazette
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Nebraska State Bar Association officials said they support changest to the state's juvenile justice system created by LB 561, passed in May. "The legislation changes the focus of…
Kentucky commonwealth looking at juvenile justice reform
9/25/2013, WTVQ-DT/Lexington, KY ABC
By Ian Preston
Kentucky state lawmakers say they want to lower the number of juveniles that the State locks up every year. State Senator Whitney Westerfield says many of the state's juvenile inmates are in for…
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
By OJJDP
On September 23, 2013, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) announced more than $8 million in Community-Based Violence Prevention program awards to six sites nationwide.…
New Mass. law puts 17-year-olds in juvenile court
9/18/2013, WBUR News, Boston NPR
BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick on Wednesday signed into law a bill placing 17-year-olds accused of crimes under the jurisdiction of the state’s juvenile courts. Currently in Massachusetts,…
A court just for juveniles in New York
9/16/2013, The New York Times
By The Editorial Board
Teenagers prosecuted in adult courts or who do time in adult jails fare worse in life and can go on to commit more violent crimes than those who are handled by the juvenile justice system.…
Juvenile incarceration in Louisiana drops 68 percent, study shows
9/15/2013, Monroe News Star
By Zack Southwell
A Pew Research study showed Louisiana joined 18 states that have seen at least a 50 percent decline in juvenile confinement. According to the study, juvenile incarceration declined 68 percent…
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…
Real juvenile justice reform needs more than just good ideas
8/23/2013, Youth Today
By John Lash
Real change takes more than just ideas, it requires sustained and supported implementation of those ideas, and a willingness to make course corrections based on new data. It also requires that the…
New Federal Act Seen as ‘First Step’ in Reducing Prison Rape, Especially Among Young
8/23/2013, The Chicago Bureau
By Susan Du
Earlier this week, prisons nationwide were expected to launch new staffing models, education programs, psychological screening exams and incident reporting mechanisms to address high incidences of…
Judge Linda Teodosio testifies to Congress
8/21/2013, Akron Legal News
By Richard Weiner
Summit County Juvenile Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio recently appeared in Washington D.C. to participate as a member of a panel of experts discussing new state-level efforts in working with juvenile…
With $15M in grants, MacArthur establishes 4 juvenile justice reform centers
8/21/2013, ABA Journal
By Molly McDonough
A longtime supporter of juvenile justice reform, the MacArthur Foundation has committed an additional $15 million to the effort, including the development of four juvenile justice reform centers as…
There's no such thing as a bad kid in these Spokane, WA, trauma-informed elementary schools
8/20/2013, ACEsTooHigh.com
By Jane Stevens
In 2008, the Spokane, WA, educational community decided to embark on changing its schools to become safe and nurturing, so that kids can learn no matter what’s going on at home…or in…
Ouachita Parish officials looking to curb truancy
8/11/2013, Monroe News Star
By Sarah Eddington
The truancy division of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office received 1,747 referrals last year from parish schools about students with too many unexcused absences. With the new school year…
OP-ED: Troubled Young People Deserve Compassion, Not Punishment
7/24/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Lizzie Buchen
At the turn of the 20th Century, Lucy Flower, my grandmother’s great grandmother, established the world’s first juvenile court inside the Cook County courthouse in central Chicago. …
Editorial: The hidden cost of prison
7/23/2013, Monroe News Star
No one wants to think about the cost of “locking them up and throwing away the key,” when it comes to Louisiana’s prison population. We expect our justice system to do just…
Editorial: New standards improve Louisana's juvenile detention centers
7/19/2013, Lake Charles American Press
A new set of standards for the state’s juvenile detention centers that took effect July 1 is setting Louisiana up as a model for other states to follow. Before now, the state’s 15…
Locking up juveniles may plant seeds of more crime
7/17/2013, Chicago Tribune
By Mary Schmich
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La. juvenile system sets trend with revamp
7/8/2013, Baton Rouge Advocate
By Bret McCormick
Louisiana all too often serves as an example on matters that other states should never want to emulate. No matter the subject — be it homicides, poverty, education, health or other…
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.
Louisiana Enacts Juvenile Justice Licensing Standards
7/1/2013
By Department of Children and Family Services, Illinois
Effective today, July 1, 2013, all juvenile detention facilities in the state of Louisiana are now licensed and inspected by the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Today…
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,…
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.
Violence in the streets can start in the home
5/17/2013, WBEZ-FM (Chicago Public Radio)
By Adriana Cardona-Maguigad
CHICAGO -- Ubaldina is a mother of six, who works the night shift at a packing company so she can be there when her kids come home from school. She’s raising her kids alone now. She said her…
Juvenile Justice shows progress
5/16/2013, Illinois Times
By Patrick Yeagle
When the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice was created in 2006, the state’s youth prisons held 1,500 juvenile offenders. Today, there are fewer than 900 kids behind bars in Illinois…
Two Major Juvenile Justice Bills Passed in Illinois Senate
5/15/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By James Swift
On Tuesday, Illinois state senators passed two bills with potentially profound implications on the state’s juvenile justice system.
‘Math tutoring on steroids’ aims to help troubled Chicago teens, muscle out crime
5/12/2013, Chicago Sun-Times
By Frank Main
Math kills crime. That’s the result researchers expect from a program that combines “math tutoring on steroids” with sports-based mentoring for troubled teens in Chicago.
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…
Louisiana Juvenile Justice Champion Rep. Walt Leger Passes Resolution Commending the Foundation
4/29/2013
By Louisiana Models for Change
Louisiana Speaker Pro Tem and Chairman of the Juvenile Justice Implementation Commission Rep. Walt Leger introduced House Concurrent Resolution 27 of the 2013 Louisiana Regular Legislative Session.…
Illinois State House Signs off on Redirecting Most Youth Under 17 From Adult Court
4/18/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By James Swift and Safiya Merchant
The Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission this week released a report urging state policymakers to reclassify 17-year-olds as juveniles in the legal system, lest Illinois become “a national…
Guest Editorial: Justice for all, including juveniles
4/7/2013, New Orleans Times Picayune
By Catherine 'Kitty' Kimball
I have spent the past two decades serving on the Louisiana Supreme Court. During that time, I have made juvenile justice reform a priority. For our youth to be properly served, we need to refocus…
A New Bill Can Keep Offending Youth with Mental Health Needs on the Right Path in Washington State
4/4/2013
By Washington Models for Change
Research shows that almost 70 percent of youth in the juvenile justice system have at least one diagnosable mental health disorder. The Washington State Legislature is considering how to put those…
The Crucial Role of Prosecutors in Juvenile Justice
3/13/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Susan Broderick
Having spent my entire professional career involved in the criminal and juvenile justice systems, I have had the opportunity to see tremendous changes in the fields. I began working as an assistant…
Options for the future exist; but little money is available
3/13/2013, Tri-Parish Times
By John DeSantis
On a chilly morning just a few weeks ago local court officials, educators and others saddled with the task of keeping kids in trouble out of more trouble traveled in vans and cars to view first-hand…
Why is it so hard to expunge juvenile records in Cook County?
2/4/2013, Chicago Public Radio
By Linda Paul
Thousands of kids get arrested each year at school in Chicago, and that might not be news to you. But what might be surprising are what can be long-term consequences of juvenile arrests, even for…
How many Chicago juvenile arrests happen at school?
2/4/2013, Chicago Public Radio
By Linda Paul
Tens of thousands of young people get arrested each year in Chicago, and a lot of those arrests happen on the grounds of Chicago Public Schools. Of course, arrests at school happen all across the…
Advocates Cheer Listenbee as New Federal Head of Juvenile Justice
2/2/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Kaukab Jhumra Smith
Juvenile justice advocates hailed the Obama administration’s announcement Friday that Philadelphia defense attorney Robert Listenbee Jr., a long-time champion of limiting the detention and…
Juvenile offenders studied: Report links mental health issues, jail in Louisiana
2/1/2013, The Advocate
By Mark Ballard
Louisiana jails a higher percentage of youthful inmates with mental health needs than most other states, according to a study released Thursday. “We don’t do a very good job of keeping…
Report calls for increased funding for juvenile justice efforts
2/1/2013, The Times-Picayune
By Laura Maggi
To sustain and ramp up changes to Louisiana's juvenile justice system there needs to be adequate funding at both the state and local levels, experts recommended in a report released Thursday. At a…
New report touts Louisiana juvenile reform success, Speaker Pro Temp reacts
12/18/2012, Zachary Today
A watchdog organization on juvenile crime prevention has highlighted Louisiana for its efforts to reduce the rate at which juvenile offenders repeat criminal behavior. Speaker Pro Tempore Walt Leger…
Foundation Strives to Create Legacy for Juvenile Justice Reform
12/6/2012, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Kaukab Jhumra Smith
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The nonprofit MacArthur Foundation has spent more than $100 million since 2004 on developing blueprints for reform within the juvenile justice systems of 16 states. Earlier…
To Keep Kids Out of the System, We Need Community Involvement
12/5/2012, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Judge George Timberlake
Most of the teenagers walking into my courtroom were 1st or 2nd time visitors. They didn’t want to return, and we worked with them and their parents to make that first visit their last one. …
Northshore dean wins national award
11/30/2012, The Hammond Star
By Bridgette Bonner
HAMMOND--Sharon Hornsby, dean of the Northshore Technical Community College Florida Parishes campus, has been announced the recipient of a national award.

Recipients of the John D. and Catherine T.…
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.
Illinois Advocate Sues to Speed Juvenile Parole Reform
10/25/2012, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Maggie Lee
Juveniles who appeared before the Illinois Prisoner Review Board (IPRB) for parole revocation hearings were denied due process, according to a state-commissioned report that’s almost a year…
Letter: Much done, much to do on juvenile justice
10/23/2012, The Advocate-Baton Rouge, La.
By Louisiana Models for Change
It has been a long road for juvenile justice reform in Louisiana. There has been some improvement, but much more needs to be done. In 2001, the Louisiana Legislature took steps to revitalize the…
Jim Anderson Receives Presidents Award From Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges
9/5/2012, Juvenile Court Judges' Commission Newsletter
A surprised Jim Anderson, Executive Director of the Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission, received the 2012 Presidents Award from the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges at the Hotel…
Training to Enhance Family Involvement in Pennsylvania’s Juvenile Justice System Now Available
9/5/2012, Juvenile Court Judges' Commission Newsletter
The Center for Juvenile Justice Training and Research is launching a statewide effort to provide training for juvenile probation officers who desire to utilize strategies to expand family involvement…
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.
LA Models for Change Grantees Participate in 2012 Louisiana Governor's Conference
8/27/2012, LaNewsLink.com
BATON ROUGE—The 32nd annual Louisiana Governor’s Conference on Juvenile Justice took place in Baton Rouge August 15-17. The conference served as a showcase platform for leading advocates…
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…
Louisiana Models for Change Grantee Receives Award from Louisiana Bar Association
8/20/2012, LaNewsLink.com
BATON ROUGE—A John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Louisiana Models for Change initiative grantee, the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center’s Juvenile…
Illinois Increases Efforts to Reduce Youth Recidivism
8/18/2012, NPR
By Illinois Models for Change
NPR's All Things Considered program recently reported on states reexamining how to "make sure kids who've committed a crime once don't end up in a juvenile facility again." Reporter Cheryl Corley's…
Program provides direction, diplomas, employment
8/17/2012, Hammond News Star
Northshore Technical Community College is the recipient of a $150,000 grant to support a pilot program aimed to prepare students for the workforce. The program, Louisiana Models for Change,…
Program Provides Direction, Diplomas and Employment
8/17/2012
By Hammond News Star
Northshore Technical Community College is the recipient of a $150,000 grant to support a pilot program aimed to prepare students for the workforce. The program, Louisiana Models for Change,…
Report: Louisiana Juvenile Detention Population Down
8/14/2012, Associated Press
BATON ROUGE — A report by Louisiana State University on the current status of the juvenile justice system has concluded multiple parishes have seen a decline in the number of youths detained…
Gateway to Adult Court for Young Defendants Slowly Closing
8/13/2012, Juvenile Justice Exchange network
By Maggie Lee
In a Georgia courtroom last month, 11-year-old Dalton Archer plead guilty to murdering his father’s girlfriend near Christmastime last year, when he was 10. Archer automatically went through…
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…
Experiencing Trauma
6/20/2012, Catalyst Chicago
By Illinois Models for Change
School district leaders understand that children who have witnessed violence or other traumatic events often have trouble in school. But without extra resources or staff, schools are hard-pressed to…
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…
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…
Locked up Since 14, Adolfo Davis Makes Plea for Clemency
4/11/2012, WBEZ-FM
By Linda Paul
Adolfo Davis of Chicago was sentenced to life in prison with no chance for parole for a crime committed when he was 14. Tomorrow, in a process little known by the public, Adolfo's advocates will step…
Kids-for-cash laws signed at scene of crime
4/10/2012, Scranton Times Tribune
By Dave Janoski
WILKES-BARRE - Gov. Tom Corbett signed two bills Monday bolstering the rights of juvenile court defendants at the Luzerne County Courthouse, where two judges collected millions for sending juveniles…
Justice Department Expands Youth Violence Prevention Program
4/5/2012, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Nancy Lewis
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced this week that the Justice Department will expand to 10 – from six – the number of cities participating in the National Forum on Youth Violence…
Career Development Program Influences Positive Change in Juvenile Justice Involved Youth
3/21/2012, St. Helena Echo
Northshore Technical Community College in Greensburg, La., started a career development program in the fall of 2011 for youth at risk of penetration into the Juvenile Justice System. This program has…
Supreme Court sizes up teens who murder
3/16/2012, Christian Science Monitor
By Editorial
Two cases involving life sentences for 14-year-olds who murdered will test the Supreme Court's past rulings that teens are not small adults and must be given a chance for redemption. By the…
Giving jailed juveniles a second chance at life
3/15/2012, Washington Post
By Marian Wright Edelman
Edwin Desamour was driving with his 3-year-old son in their Philadelphia neighborhood recently when the little boy looked up and said, “Daddy, look at the moon! I want to go there!” So…
Preckwinkle: ‘Blow up’ Juvenile Jail and Put Kids in Smaller Regional Centers
3/9/2012, Chicago Sun-Times
By Lisa Donovan
CHICAGO -- Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said Friday she’d like to “blow ... up” the juvenile jail on the West Side and house troubled kids in smaller regional…
Youth Advocates Applaud Quinn's Plan to Close 2 Juvenile Detention Centers
2/25/2012, Associated Press
By Karen Hawkins
Illinois houses juvenile offenders in eight detention centers across the state, including one in downstate Murphysboro that is only a third full, has little outdoor recreation space and costs $84,000…
Juvenile Shelter Now More Like Home
2/24/2012, Janesville Gazette
By Ann Marie Ames
It's still a long way from feeling like home. But recent renovations at the Rock County Youth Services Center are making things more comfortable for some kids court-ordered to stay in the center's…
Change Makers 2012: James Bell, W. Haywood Burns Institute
1/1/2012, San Francisco Chronicle
By Jessica Lum
Founder and executive director of the W. Haywood Burns Institute, James Bell is dedicated to examining and addressing the ethnic disparity in institutions such as the juvenile justice system. Bell…
Robert Listenbee - People on the Move
12/15/2011, Philadelphia Business Journal
Robert Listenbee Date added: December 15, 2011 Submission Type: Professional Recognition Current employer: Defender Association of Philadelphia Current title/position: Chief of the Juvenile…
'ILLINOIS IS FAILING' Shocking Problems Found In Youth Prison System
12/14/2011, Huffington Post Chicago
By Lizzie Schiffman
"One Commissioner observed a hearing in which there was 'no time for introduction or discussion. [The Prisoner Review Board hearing officer] was reading the wrong form and initially was going to deny…
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…
2011 Champions for Change
12/6/2011
By Models for Change
Champions for Change are individuals working with Models for Change in their states who have positively affected the lives of justice-involved youth, their families, and communities in ways that…
Report: State Should Rethink Youth Prisons
11/17/2011, Bloomington Pantagraph (IL)
By Kurt Erickson
SPRINGFIELD, IL -- A new report says Illinois is locking up too many juveniles in youth prisons that are understaffed and lack effective programs. The Chicago-based John Howard Association, which…
Interesting journey for juvenile justice legislation
10/30/2011, Republican Herald
By Robert Swift
HARRISBURG - The two former judges at the heart of the Luzerne County courthouse scandal involving abuses in the sentencing of juvenile offenders are now in federal prison, but the business of…
Seeking best in kids, officer named best in state
10/15/2011, Reading Eagle
By Holly Hermany
Berks County Chief Juvenile Probation Officer Robert N. Williams is humble about winning the 2011 Probation Officer of the Year Award. It's embarrassing," Williams said in his office on the 10th…
Through Music, Muti Brings Message of Hope to Incarcerated Youth
9/26/2011, Chicago Tribune
By John von Rhein, Classical music critic
One girl swayed with the rhythm of the music as the unfamiliar sounds of Mozart and Bellini washed over her. Another girl couldn’t wait to voice her verdict on the performance she had just…
Some Advocates Say State Doesn't Need All of its Juvenile Facilities
9/14/2011, Illinois Issues blog
By Jamey Dunn
Juvenile justice advocates say that if Gov. Pat Quinn plans to close state facilities, he should consider shuttering some of the state’s juvenile prisons, which they say are far below…
Chief Weitzel appointed to international research committee on juveniles
8/1/2011, Brookfield Suburban Life
By Staff
Brookfield, IL — Riverside Police Chief Tom Weitzel has been appointed to the International Association of Chiefs of Police Research Committee for Juvenile Justice Issues. Both Weitzel and…
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…
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.…
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…
Senate Passes Baker Bills to Bring Reforms to Juvenile Justice System
6/12/2011, Wayne Independent
By Staff
Honesdale, Pa. — The state Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senator Lisa Baker (R-20) to reform the juvenile justice system and protect the fundamental rights of kids entering the…
Senate approves corruption bills
6/11/2011, Standard Speaker
By Robert Swift
HARRISBURG - A slew of bills to address fallout from the courthouse scandal and other corruption probes in Luzerne County won approval Wednesday from state lawmakers. By unanimous votes, the Senate…
Juvenile Offender Service Program Saves State $9M
6/9/2011, Bloomington Pantagraph
By Kiera Manion-Fischer
SPRINGFIELD — The state saved about $9 million last year by sending 184 youth to community-based services as an alternative to incarceration, according to a report from the Illinois Department…
WA Praised for Efforts to Reduce School Dropout Rates
6/8/2011, Public News Services
By Chris Thomas
SEATTLE - While most students and parents are thinking about summer vacation, one nonprofit group already is looking ahead to the next school year - and how to keep more Washington youths from…
Juvenile Justice for Parents
6/2/2011, KPLU 88.5 NPR
By Paula Wissel
It’s late Saturday night and you get a phone call. Your teenage son has been arrested. You show up for court on Monday morning unsure what to do or say. Now there’s help for parents…
Patricia McFall Torbet named Pennsylvania Champion for Change
6/1/2011, Pitt Magazine
Patricia McFall Torbet SOC WK ’76 was named the Pennsylvania Champion for Change in December by Models for Change, a national initiative aimed at rehabilitating delinquent adolescents. She…
Juvie bills merit swift approval
5/25/2011, Times Leader
By Editorial
When adults make errors in juvenile court, the children don’t get a “do-over” of their most formative years. IT LOOKED LIKE a little thing in Tuesday’s Times Leader, literally…
Speaker in Tri-Cities to Talk About Gangs
5/20/2011, KNDU
KENNEWICK, Wash. -- A nationally recognized speaker stopped in the Tri-Cities Friday to talk about gangs. More than 200 community leaders, including police officers, educators, and mental health…
Wilkes University names commencement speaker
5/5/2011, Citizens Voice
Attorney Robert Listenbee, who was appointed to the Interbranch Commission on Juvenile Justice investigated the Luzerne County Courthouse scandal, is the commencement speaker for Wilkes University's…
Without a Smoking Gun
5/2/2011, The Chicago Reporter
By Angela Caputo
Atreyu Spears fidgeted anxiously as he sat in the bullpen, a corner of the Cook County courthouse where detainees wait for the bailiff to walk them to the judge’s bench. The past 69 days had…
The importance of juvenile court
4/30/2011, The Daily News
By Tierra A. Busby
In a recent Daily News interview, Superior Court appointee Gary Bashor noted that some of a judge's most important work takes place in juvenile court. He advocated more funds for juvenile courts,…
Counties Trying to Find Juvenile Justice Money
3/22/2011, Tri-City Herald
By Kristi Pihl
Benton and Franklin county commissioners are searching for money to shut the "revolving door" for juvenile criminals at the bicounty juvenile justice center. But even finding $187,000 to increase…
Juvenile Justice Changes in Illinois Praised
3/20/2011, Associated Press
CHICAGO -- A national organization that advocates keeping youth younger than 18 out of the adult court system is applauding Illinois for recent legislative changes. The Campaign for Youth Justice…
Louisiana's High Incarceration and Dropout Rates Concern Youth Advocates
3/18/2011, The News Star
By Karina Vailes
Louisiana has the No. 1 spot in the number of adults incarcerated, 20 percent more young people incarcerated than the national average and a higher dropout rate than the national average. With …
Models for Change Makes Progress
1/18/2011, Peoria Journal Star
By Jackson Adams
PEORIA — For the last few months, the Models for Change initiative has been making inroads with restorative justice, one victim and one perpetrator at a time. "We've made a lot of…
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…
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…
Jacksonville Journal: Assistant Public Defender Honored as Champion for Change
12/13/2010, Florida Times-Union
Assistant Public Defender Rob Mason, director of the juvenile unit for the 4th Judicial Circuit, was recently honored as a Champion for Change by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur…
Jeff Juvenile Services Director Named Champion of Change
12/10/2010, Times-Picayune
By Andrea Shaw
Jefferson Parish Juvenile Services director Roy Juncker has been named a "Champion for Change'' by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for his work in seeking to reform the juvenile…
Justice for Juveniles
11/30/2010, Carmi Times
Mt. Vernon, Ill. — The Illinois Association of Juvenile Justice Councils has been formed to help convene new juvenile justice councils and link them with others in the state in an effort to…
Faces in the News: Robert N. Williams, Berks County Chief Juvenile Probation Officer
11/3/2010, Reading Eagle
By Holly Herman
Why he's in the news: Williams said the slaying of 15-year-old Willy Tineo-Ferreira in September is a horrible tragedy, but not an indication that juvenile crime in Berks is on the rise. (The…
Understanding the Long-Term Consequences of Juvenile Adjudication
10/1/2010, PA Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals Newsletter
Educators know better than anyone that many children and teens arrive at school each morning carrying some heavy baggage from home. For adolescents and teens, problems at home often lead to troubles…
Summit Addresses Juvenile Justice
9/30/2010, The News-Star
By Staci Parks
The goal to create a model juvenile drug court in the 4th District was a main topic of discussion Wednesday at the Joint Juvenile Justice Summit. District attorneys, judges, attorneys and probation…
Program for city targets families to stop youth violence
9/23/2010, Reading Eagle
By Holly Herman
It was only a decade ago that Reading's reputation as a crime-ridden city began to alarm the community and local, state and federal law enforcement. There were 38 murders in Berks County, including…
Resolutions by Consensus
9/21/2010, Peoria Journal
By Pam Adams
PEORIA, IL — Community peace conferences have already had an effect on Peoria police Sgt. Shawn Wetzel, and the program hasn't officially started yet. "Being in law enforcement 17 years, we've…
Jobs and Future Stalled by Records Thought Secret
9/16/2010, WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio
By Linda Paul
(Illinois Models for Change note: Legislation enacted this year in Illinois improved the process for those 18 and older to clear their records of a first offense misdemeanor as a juvenile, and it…
Norwegians Learn Discipline Strategies at Kiefer School
9/15/2010, Peoria Journal Star (Peoria, IL)
By Pam Adams
Bodo, a town in Norway just north of the Arctic Circle, lies in a region of about 75,000 people where gun violence is so rare police officers keep their guns in their cars until needed. The region…
Juvenile Arrests Can Cast A Long Shadow
9/15/2010, WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio
By Linda Paul
(Illinois Models for Change note: Illinois enacted legislation, effective Jan. 1, 2010, prohibiting the transfer of confidential juvenile arrest records from the Department of State Police to the…
Stolen Futures - Seventeen
8/31/2010, The Chicago Reporter
By Angela Caputo
As police pinned Derrick Reed to the hood of a squad car, one thought raced through his mind: “Oh, man. I’m going to go away. I’m 17 now.” The East Garfield Park teen’s…
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…
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…
Legislation Would Set Standard for Juvenile Detention
6/17/2010, The News Star
By Matthew Hamilton
The Louisiana Legislature has passed a bill that would set standards for juvenile detention facilities, one of the long-deferred promises from the state's landmark juvenile justice reform…
Months After Killing, Chicago School Looks Ahead
6/1/2010, NPR
By Cheryl Corley
More than eight months after the horrific beating death of Chicago teenager Derrion Albert, students and officials at Fenger Academy say the climate at the high school has changed for the better.
Commission reveals truth, recommendations should be adopted
5/30/2010, Times Tribune
Former Judges Michael T. Conahan and Mark A. Ciavarella naturally have been the focus of public attention for the perversion of justice in the Luzerne County court system. Mr. Conahan has agreed to…
Commission casts a wide net of blame and suggests array of safeguards to protect youths
5/28/2010, Times Leader
By Terrie Morgan-Besecker and Mark Guydish
HARRISBURG – The commission investigating the Luzerne County juvenile justice scandal issued a final report Thursday that casts a wide net of blame and offers suggestions to ensure that such a…
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…
Panel issues report on ways to overhaul juvenile justice system in Pa
5/27/2010, Philadelphia Inquirer
By AMY WORDEN AND TRISH WILSON
In a harsh and devastating report, a commission set up to investigate the "kids for cash" scandal in Pennsylvania's Luzerne County issued far-reaching recommendations Thursday aimed at overhauling…
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…
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…
Berks Program Gives Young Offenders a Shot at Redemption
4/19/2010, Reading Eagle
By Holly Herman
Wes Morris and his mother, Renee, dicuss Berks County's Community Youth Aid Panel program, which was so successful in putting Wes on a good path that Renee decided to get involved. When Wes Morris…
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 Children of Transfer
3/26/2010
By Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana
In Louisiana there are currently 897 people incarcerated for crimes committed before their 17th birthday. Of these 897, 394 are currently incarcerated in adult prisons. "The Children of Transfer"…
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…
Outreach Group Matches Homeless Teens With Adults
2/24/2010, WBBM-TV, Chicago
By Kristyn Hartman
CHICAGO -- It's tough enough growing up, but imagine having to find your way to adulthood homeless, and without a mom or dad. It happens to thousands of kids in Chicago each year. Would you be…
The 2010 CMHS National GAINS Center Conference
2/22/2010
Every two years, the National GAINS Center organizes a conference for mental health and criminal justice professionals, policymakers, consumers, family members, administrators, and researchers. The…
Protecting Children from Detention Abuses
1/22/2010, Philadelphia Inquirer
By Sandra Simkins
We have learned from the Luzerne County scandal that children need lawyers when they appear before a judge. A recently released Department of Justice report shows why they also need access to lawyers…
Citizens of the Year aided juveniles in Luzerne County
1/3/2010, Philadelphia Inquirer
By Editorial: Seeking justice
It began with a distraught mother's phone call to the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia. Laurene Transue reported that her 15-year-old daughter, Hillary, had been sentenced to a juvenile-detention…
Best of 2009: Juvenile Law Center's persistence pays off
12/27/2009, Harrisburg Patriot News
By Patriot-News Editorial Board
In Pennsylvania, the end of 2009 can’t come soon enough. Good riddance. It’s been a year marked by scandals and stalled budgets that brings to mind nothing short of Charlie…
Keith Snyder Honored for Mental Health Reform Efforts
12/20/2009, Juvenile Court Judges' Commission Newsletter
By Marie Yeager
Keith Snyder, Deputy Director of the Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission, was honored by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation as a Champion for Change in juvenile justice reform for…
The New Faces Of Leadership (The Forward 50: Marsha Levick)
12/4/2009, The Jewish Daily Forward
By Jane Eisner
It has since been called the most serious incident of judicial corruption in the nation’s history. But when Marsha Levick, 58, and her colleagues from the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia…
Developmental Psychologist Says Teenagers Are Different
12/1/2009, The New York Times
By Claudia Dreifus
Laurence Steinberg, a developmental psychologist at Temple University in Philadelphia, is one of the leading experts in the United States on adolescent behavior and adolescent brain biology. Dr.…
Temple Prof Wins $1 Million Research Prize
11/11/2009, The Philadelphia Inquirer
By Susan Snyder
Temple University professor Laurence Steinberg won a $1 million international award for his research on developmental adolescent psychology - which also has made him a leading scholar on national…
Models for Change Stakeholder and Latino Juvenile Justice Network Coordinator Edwin Desamour Featured on CNN
11/9/2009, CNN
By Bill Mears
Two cases may change the way teens are punished November 9, 2009 10:50 a.m. EST Allentown, Pennsylvania (CNN) -- Sixty miles and the twin tragedies of young lives lost to violence link this…
National Council of La Raza Hosts Latino Children and Youth Symposium
11/3/2009
By National Council of La Raza
On October 22, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) brought together nearly 200 community leaders, academics, advocates, practitioners, and policymakers to discuss the well-being of Latino children…
MH/JJ Action Network State of Texas Awarded One Million Dollar Grant
9/17/2009
By The Texas Juvenile Justice TBI Partnership Project
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently awarded the state of Texas with a 4-year, $1 million dollar multi-agency grant to help identify youth in the juvenile justice system who may…
Promising Models for Reforming Juvenile Justice Systems
9/8/2009, The Huffington Post
By Marian Wright Edelman
Nationally, one in three Black boys and one in six Latino boys born in 2001 are at risk of going to prison during their lifetimes. Although boys are more than five times as likely to be incarcerated…
New Jersey JIDAN Team Member Wins Award
9/4/2009
By JIDAN
Yvonne Smith Segars, New Jersey’s Public Defender since 2002, is the recipient of the 2009 Mary Philbrook Public Interest Award. A member of the New Jersey JIDAN team, Segars oversees an…
California to close its largest juvenile prison
8/28/2009, Los Angeles Times
By Michael Rothfeld
The Heman G. Stark Youth Correctional Facility in Chino will be converted into an adult prison. The move is part of a plan to 'right-size' staff at the Division of Juvenile Justice. Reporting from…
Young, Mentally Ill and Behind Bars
8/17/2009, New York Times
By Letters to the Editor
Re “Mentally Ill Offenders Stretch the Limits of Juvenile Justice” (front page, Aug. 10): Solitary confinement is among the harshest legal punishments that American society inflicts on…
Locking Up Fewer Children
8/14/2009, New York Times
By Editorial
In the 1990s, states and localities began sending more and more children to juvenile lockups, often for months, while they awaited trial for nonviolent offenses or even noncriminal behavior like…
Mentally Ill Offenders Strain Juvenile Justice Systems
8/9/2009, New York Times
By Solomon Moore
FRANKLIN FURNACE, Ohio — The teenager in the padded smock sat in his solitary confinement cell here in this state’s most secure juvenile prison and screamed obscenities. The youth,…
National Initiative Keeping Youths Out of Jail, Report Says
8/6/2009, Washington Post
By Henri E. Cauvin
A national juvenile justice initiative is helping reduce the number of young offenders being jailed after arrest, according to a new report by the foundation that has backed the effort. But in the…
New Report Documents Dramatic Reductions in Youth Detention
8/5/2009, Salem-News
Reformers Gather in DC to Review Progress. (BALTIMORE, Md.) - A new report released by the Annie C. Casey Foundation shows that two decades of juvenile justice reform have reduced youth detention,…
N.J. juveniles need lawyers
8/3/2009, The Star-Ledger
By Star-Ledger Editorial Board
There aren't a lot of decisions that kids under the age of 18 are allowed to make on their own. We have laws that restrict when and where they can work and for how long, and when they can start…
12 and in Prison
7/27/2009, New York Times
By Editorial
The Supreme Court sent an important message when it ruled in Roper v. Simmons in 2005 that children under the age of 18 when their crimes were committed were not eligible for the death penalty.…
Berks County pioneers an alternative to detention for juvenile offenders
7/25/2009, Reading Eagle
By Holly Herman
A 16-year-old Reading boy misses a three-point shot but runs off the basketball court glowing nevertheless. "I turned my life around," the youth said proudly during a break in a basketball game…
Building Kids' Lives
7/16/2009, Berks Community Television
Berks Community Television presents "Building Kids' Lives" - a program presented by the Children's Home of Reading, featuring the efforts of the Berks County, PA Disproportionate Minority workgroup…
Survey shows issues with race, juvenile justice
7/10/2009, The West Virginia Record
By Steve Korris -Statehouse Bureau
CHARLESTON - Workers in West Virginia courts and sheriff's offices might need to reform their attitudes about blacks to preserve full federal funding for juvenile justice, according to a survey. Now…
Budget Cuts Eroding Progress in Juvenile Justice
7/10/2009, New York Times
By Peter S. Goodman
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Her first night inside the razor wire at the state juvenile prison came as a 14-year-old in the mid-1970s, when she was locked up for running away from home. Her next…
50/50: The Odds of Graduating
7/1/2009, IL WBEZ
In Chicago Public Schools, only around half the freshmen who enter high school will earn their diploma. This Chicago Public Radio, which incorporates consultation from Models for Change grantees,…
Making a difference: New board to help tackle juvenile-offender problem
6/10/2009, Town Talk
By Karina Donica
They come from various walks of life, but a group of local residents is taking a step together in the hopes of making a difference in the lives of at-risk youths in Rapides Parish. The group of 10…
Delivering evenhanded justice to teens
6/4/2009, Peoria Journal Star
By Pam Adams
(Peoria County is one of five Models for Change demonstration sites in Illinois, and the juvenile justice council has helped local schools implement peacekeeping circles and peer juries, which…
Health reform will help young people avoid brushes with the law
6/2/2009, The Seattle Times
By Police Chiefs Kevin Milosevich, Scott Kimerer and James Kelly
Youth crime and access to health care and mental-health treatment are intertwined, argue the police chiefs of Renton, Auburn and Burien. They make a case for reform that will help young people stay…
Director of Juvenile Justice for Calcasieu Parish Receives State Award
5/26/2009, Southwest Daily News
Baton Rouge, La. - Dane Bolin, Director of the Calcasieu Parish Office of Juvenile Justice Services in Lake Charles, has been named the 11th recipient of the prestigious Don E. Wydra Memorial Award…
Jacqueline van Wormer–Advocacy for juveniles
5/4/2009, Washington State Magazine
By Hannelore Sudermann
One morning this winter, the Benton County Juvenile Justice Center is quiet since most of the residents are in classrooms and only one teen waits in lock-up. A couple of the guards are having an…
Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Kitty Kimball Address to the Louisiana Legislature
4/28/2009
To watch a video of the remarks below follow this link, then scroll down to April 28, 2009 and click on "Chief Justice Address to the Legislature" "I’d like to now turn to a subject…
Money saved, safer streets
4/25/2009, Chicago Tribune
By Editorial
Illinois taxpayers shelled out $70,827 on average to house each kid in a state-run juvenile correction facility in 2004-2005. We didn't get much for our money -- about half of the kids who were…
Plug The Budget Gap With Juvenile Justice Reform
4/16/2009, The Huffington Post
By Paula Wolff
Newly minted Gov. Pat Quinn and all the rest of us in Illinois have a big budget hole to fill. Various "experts" estimate the budget gap at $9 billion, $11 billion and $12.5 billion. Take your pick. …
Letter: For Youth, Second Chances
4/15/2009, New York Times
By Jonathan Fanton
To the Editor: “Missouri System Treats Juvenile Offenders With Lighter Hand” (news article, March 27) highlights the Missouri Model, which is just one of many promising reforms under way…
Juvenile Law Center Prepares Statement for Senator Lisa Baker's (PA) Press Conference on Juvenile Justice Reforms and Remedies
4/1/2009, State Senator Lisa Baker's Website
By Lourdes M. Rosado, Esq. Associate Director, Juvenile Law Center
Statement of Lourdes M. Rosado, Esq., Associate Director, Juvenile Law Center Prepared for Senator Lisa Baker's (PA) April 1, 2009 Press Conference On behalf of Juvenile Law Center, I want to…
Goodwill gets grant to help troubled teens
3/25/2009, The Altoona Mirror
By Phil Ray
HOLLIDAYSBURG, PA - Blair County juvenile authorities are teaming with Goodwill Industries in Cambria County to begin a Learn to Work program that will teach good work habits to teenagers in trouble…
Getting the Juvenile-Justice System to Grow Up
3/24/2009, Time
By Ken Stier
Article features quotes on juvenile justice reform from Models for Change grantees including Campaign for Youth Justice, Center for Children's Law and Policy and Georgetown University's Center for…
Break in 'school-to-prison pipeline' urged
3/10/2009, Alexandria Town Talk
By Karina Donica
Rapides Parish has a long way to go to reduce its rate of blacks and other minorities in the criminal justice system and to improve those groups' performance at school, officials said Monday. The…
Neighborhood board diverts minors from court system
2/24/2009, Alexandria Town Talk
By David Dinsmore
Area residents on Monday got an early look at a plan to renovate juvenile justice in Rapides Parish. Rapides Parish Assistant District Attorney Daphne Robinson and Deputy Juvenile Officer Tamara…
Meetings to focus on new concept in fighting crime
2/21/2009, Alexandria Town Talk
By Town Talk Staff
Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office will host two meetings Monday on a new concept to battle crime. The Neighborhood Accountability Board concept meetings will be held at 10 a.m. and at 1 p.m.…
Providing Immediate Services to Families in Crisis: The New Paradigm for Status Offender Systems
1/22/2009, Progressive States Network (NY)
By Christian Smith
The Vera Institute of Justice recently released a report, Making Court the Last Resort: A New Focus for Supporting Families in Crisis, that outlines the significant improvements some states are…
Changing model for juvenile justice
1/11/2009, Tri-City Herald
By Kristin M. Kraemer, Herald staff writer
Summary: Jacque van Wormer selected in December by her Washington colleagues to receive one of the inaugural Champions for Change awards. Article text: Jacque van Wormer has seen too many kids cycle…
Juvenile justice program gets nearly $350,000 grant
1/7/2009, The Southern (Southern Illinois Homepage)
By Becky Malkovich
MOUNT VERNON, IL - A newly awarded foundation grant will help southeastern Illinois serve as a model for change of the juvenile justice system. The $349,500 grant from the John D. and Catherine T.…
Bouquets & Brickbats: Paul J. Frick named a Champion for Change
12/22/2008, Best of New Orleans.com
By Written by Publisher
Paul J. Frick, a psychology professor at UNO, has been named a Champion for Change in juvenile justice reform by the Louisiana Models for Change initiative. He received the honor for collecting data…
She was a teenager heading the wrong way
12/14/2008, Williamsport Sun Gazette
By Mark Maroney
She was a teenager heading in the wrong direction. Not a career criminal. Just a rebellious kid. At 14, she committed a retail theft, taking an item valued at less than $25, then lied to police…
New Jersey Chosen for National Effort to Improve Legal Defense for Indigent Youth: State Joins National Juvenile Justice Reform Initiative, Models for Change
12/9/2008, Rutgers
By Cathy K. Donovan
Issue(s): Juvenile Indigent Defense State(s): NJ Action Network(s): Juvenile Indigent Defense Action Network
Jacqueline van Wormer honored as Champion for Change
12/8/2008, WSU Today Online: Washington State University
KENNEWICK - Jacqueline van Wormer, a former WSU graduate is being honored as a Champion for Change in juvenile justice reform for her work in Benton and Franklin Counties to improve the lives of…
MacArthur Foundation taps Barry Law to lead state's juvenile justice initiative; awards $100K grant for its juvenile justice efforts
12/8/2008
By Jeremy Jones
The Juvenile Justice Center (JJC) at the Barry University Dwayne O. Andres School of Law in Orlando has been awarded a $100,000 grant by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to…
Law schools collaborating with state on juvenile justice improvements
12/4/2008, Rutgers University
By Carla Capizzi
Rutgers School of Law in Camden and Rutgers School of Law in Newark are now part of a team helping New Jersey work to strengthen juvenile indigent legal defense systems. New Jersey was selected to…
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…
Meetings to focus on new concept in fighting crime
2/21/2008, Alexandria Town Talk
Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office will host two meetings Monday on a new concept to battle crime. The Neighborhood Accountability Board concept meetings will be held at 10 a.m. and at 1 p.m.…
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