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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…
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…
Champion for Change: Denna McGrew
12/16/2013, Models for Change
By Local Leadership
Assertiveness and Grace Children’s Coalition of Northeast Louisiana, Monroe, Louisiana Read the complete 2013 Champions for Change program. Denna McGrew is an advocate at the…
Champions for Change: Core State Coordinators
12/8/2013, Models for Change
By Core States
Models for Change honors the dedicated work of the Core State Coordinators: Pennsylvania Models for Change – Juvenile Law Center Illinois Models for Change – Civitas ChildLaw Center…
Juvenile justice needs more community-based options
11/7/2013, Shreveport Times
By Peyton Cole
These children — OUR children — cannot keep falling through the cracks because of “staffing problems” or budgets. They are lives that can, and should, have a chance to have a…
Juvenile justice minus politics
11/5/2013, Shreveport Times
By Mike Hasten
One normally wouldn’t think that administering justice, especially for juveniles, would be impacted by politics. But political decisions, like cutting taxes and shuffling funds among different…
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…
Trying youth as adults can harm society
10/30/2013, The Advertiser
By Jesscia Sandoval
Over the past several years, we have witnessed a steady stream of research demonstrating that the practice of trying and sentencing children in adult court does not reduce crime; in fact, it does…
Juvenile justice system has serious flaws
10/30/2013, The Advertiser
By Gina Womack
In the editorial, “Some juveniles should be tried as adults,” published last week, there were some oversights that should be taken into consideration. The editorial, published on Oct.…
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…
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…
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.…
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…
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…
MacArthur Expands Investment in Juvenile Justice Reform to $165 Million, Launches Resource Centers to Advance Reform and Improve Outcomes for Youth
8/14/2013
Resource Center Partnership seeks to continue the wave of juvenile justice reform in U.S. by helping practitioners, policymakers tackle issues central to improving outcomes for kids and…
Ouachita Parish officials looking to curb truancy
8/11/2013, Monroe News Star
By Sarah Eddington
The truancy division of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office received 1,747 referrals last year from parish schools about students with too many unexcused absences. With the new school year…
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…
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…
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…
Louisiana Legislature Concludes 2013 Regular Legislative Session
6/18/2013
By Louisiana Models for Change
The 2013 Louisiana Regular Legislative Session adjourned on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 6p.m. Below is a brief description of each of the 2013 legislative bills related to juvenile justice, a summary…
Louisiana Association of Drug Court Professionals (LADCP) sponsors a Motivational Interviewing Training Seminar in partnership with Supreme Court Drug Court Office (SCDCO)
6/6/2013
By Kim Cusimano, Louisiana Models for Change
In 2009, with assistance from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Louisiana Models for Change initiative, the 4th Judicial District Court Juvenile Drug Court embarked on a pilot program…
Louisiana Models for Change Grantee Replicates Model
5/1/2013
By Louisiana Models for Change
In March 2011, Louisiana Models for Change awarded a $150,000 grant to the Northshore Technical Community College-Florida Parishes Campus to implement a pilot career development model targeting…
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.…
Jefferson Parish Completes Probation Review and Converts Recommendations into Practice
4/2/2013
By Kim Cusimano, Louisiana Models for Change
Louisiana Models for Change awarded a grant to the Jefferson Parish Department of Juvenile Services to conduct a comprehensive probation review and provide a list of recommendations to improve the…
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…
Juvenile offenders studied: Report links mental health issues, jail in Louisiana
2/1/2013, The Advocate
By Mark Ballard
Louisiana jails a higher percentage of youthful inmates with mental health needs than most other states, according to a study released Thursday. “We don’t do a very good job of keeping…
Report calls for increased funding for juvenile justice efforts
2/1/2013, The Times-Picayune
By Laura Maggi
To sustain and ramp up changes to Louisiana's juvenile justice system there needs to be adequate funding at both the state and local levels, experts recommended in a report released Thursday. At a…
LSUHSC School of Public Health Institute for Public Health and Justice Hosts Conference in Baton Rouge to Discuss Progress Thus Far and Next Steps in Reform
1/30/2013
By Louisiana Models for Change and Institute for Public Health and Justice
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, January 31, 2013 Contact Information Jim Harris 225-344-0381 LSUHSC School of Public Health Institute for Public Health and Justice Hosts…
LSU Institute for Public Health and Justice Director to Speak at Regional Conference About Louisiana’s Success in Implementing Evidence-based Practices on a Statewide Level
1/14/2013
By Louisiana Models for Change and Institute for Public Health and Justice
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 14, 2012 Contact Information Jim Harris 225-344-0381 LSU Institute for Public Health and Justice Director to Speak at Regional Conference About…
Juvenile Justice Sees Progress
12/27/2012, The Advocate
By Justice Catherine Kimball
Juvenile justice sees progress Some good news about Louisiana’s success on the juvenile justice reform front was announced last week in the results of a nationwide study. While the news did…
Our View: In Louisiana, A Friend for Youth and a Model for Change
12/23/2012, The Town Talk, Alexandria
By Opinion
Louisiana knows only too well about the “school to prison” pipeline and the lifelong deleterious effects it has on young people who get run through it. Louisiana needs to know that…
Champion for Change: Sharon Guy Hornsby
12/3/2012, Models for Change
By Louisiana
Dean, Northshore Technical Community College, Florida Parishes Campus Sharon Hornsby Champion for Change award, annual conference 2012 Read the complete 2012 Champions for Change program. …
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.…
Louisiana Models for Change Project Director Dr. Debra DePrato Receives Award from the State's Office of Juvenile Justice
11/6/2012
By Louisiana Models for Change
The Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice presented its 2012 Champion of Louisiana Juvenile Justice Award to Louisiana Models for Change Project Director Dr. Debra DePrato at the agency’s annual…
Letter: Much done, much to do on juvenile justice
10/23/2012, The Advocate-Baton Rouge, La.
By Louisiana Models for Change
It has been a long road for juvenile justice reform in Louisiana. There has been some improvement, but much more needs to be done. In 2001, the Louisiana Legislature took steps to revitalize the…
MacArthur Foundation's Models for Change Initiative Announces its Knowledge Brief Series
10/18/2012
By Models for Change
The Knowledge Brief Series describes new knowledge emerging from the Models for Change initiative, a multi-state juvenile justice initiative. Models for Change is accelerating movement toward a more…
National Youth Justice Awareness Month and Children's Health Month
10/11/2012
October is National Youth Justice Awareness Month and Children’s Health Month. In recognition of both, we would like to remind you of two recent knowledge briefs that speak to children’s…
Campaign for Youth Justice Recognizes National Youth Justice Awareness Month
10/1/2012
By Campaign for Youth Justice
During the month of October, thousands of people are participating in National Youth Justice Awareness Month (Y-JAM) activities throughout the country. The Campaign for Youth Justice (CFYJ) and…
Thousands to Participate in National Youth Justice Awareness Month Activities throughout the Country
10/1/2012
By Campaign for Youth Justice
Thousands to Participate in National Youth Justice Awareness Month Activities throughout the Country Twenty-eight Events in 20 States are designed to Raise Awareness around the Issue of Youth…
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…
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…
Louisiana Models for Change Grantees Participate in 32nd Annual Governor's Conference
8/20/2012
By LaNewslink.com
BATON ROUGE—The 32nd annual Louisiana Governor’s Conference on Juvenile Justice took place in Baton Rouge August 15-17. The conference served as a showcase platform for leading advocates…
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…
Louisiana Models for Change Grantee Receives Award from Louisiana Bar Association
7/20/2012
By LaNewslink.com
Attorney Hector Linares presented with the 2012 Children’s Law Award BATON ROUGE—A John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Louisiana Models for Change initiative grantee,…
Louisiana Legislature Passes Two Positive Reform Measures
6/1/2012
By Louisiana Models for Change
Background: Families in Need of Services or FINS is the approach designed to bring together various resources for the purpose of helping families (troubled youth and their parents) to remedy…
Nationally Recognized Expert in Juvenile Justice, Delinquency Prevention and Sentencing Touts Louisiana for Implementation of Family-based Interventions
6/1/2012
By Louisiana Models for Change
The Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Institute for Public Health and Justice and the Baton Rouge Area Foundation via funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur…
Louisiana Among Leaders in Helping Juveniles
5/23/2012, The Baton Rouge Advocate
By Mark Ballard
Louisiana, which a short time ago was accused of running gladiator camps for young offenders, now is among the best states in the nation for setting up programs aimed at helping juveniles who find…
4th District Court a Model for Change
4/30/2012, The Monroe News Star
By Louisiana Models for Change
4th District court a model for change Written by Sarah Eddington The 4th Judicial District Court has become the state's model for change in the juvenile justice system thanks to the efforts of…
Institute for Public Health and Justice Participates in 2012 Louisiana Families in Need of Services Association Conference
4/30/2012
By Louisiana Models for Change
The Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Institute for Public Health and Justice participated in the 2012 Louisiana Families in Need of Services Association Conference on April 26-27,…
Louisiana Models for Change Lead Entity Holds Juvenile Drug Court Conference and Training to Celebrate 4th JDC Juvenile Drug Court Model
4/30/2012
By Louisiana Models for Change
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Louisiana Models for Change lead entity—the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Institute for Public Health and…
Using Social Media to Advance Reform
4/20/2012
By Zerline Hughes, Justice Policy Institute
The traditional ways to communicate about our work– word of mouth, newsletter mailings, and ask letters— still do, in fact, get the job done. But with advancements in social media –…
Commission Releases Recommendations to Improve Systems that Support Youth
4/2/2012
By Louisiana Models for Change
The Louisiana Legislature in the 2011 Regular Legislative Session passed Senate Concurrent Resolution 44 requesting the chief justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court create a Families in Need of…
Career Development Program Influences Positive Change in Juvenile Justice Involved Youth
3/21/2012, St. Helena Echo
Northshore Technical Community College in Greensburg, La., started a career development program in the fall of 2011 for youth at risk of penetration into the Juvenile Justice System. This program has…
Career Development Program Influences Positive Change in Adjudicated Youth
2/6/2012
By Louisiana Models for Change
Northshore Technical Community College in Greensburg, La., started a career development program in the fall of 2011 for adjudicated youth, youth found by a judge to have committed a violation of…
Champion for Change Dane R. Bolin: Committed to reform and innovation
12/6/2011, Models for Change
By Louisiana
Director, Calcasieu Parish Office of Juvenile Justice Services Read the complete 2011 Champions for Change program. Passionate, committed, humble, progressive, visionary: That’s how his…
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…
Making Major Strides in Juvenile Justice Reform
12/5/2011
By Models for Change
For Immediate Release December 5, 2011 Contact: Zerline Hughes, zhughes@justicepolicy.org / 202-558-7974 ext. 308 Jason Fenster, jfenster@justicepolicy.org / 202-558-7974 ext 306 WASHINGTON,…
Collaboration for Reform
12/1/2011
By Tracy Velázquez, Justice Policy Institute
As the MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change initiative began to get underway in four core states, participants in the Initiative and Foundation leadership recognized a significant need: to…
Calcasieu Children and Youth Planning Board and Louisiana Models for Change launch innovative MARC center
7/7/2011
By Louisiana Models for Change
Representatives from various juvenile justice agencies and statewide organizations were on hand in Lake Charles today as the ribbon was cut on the brand new Calcasieu Parish Multi-Agency Resource…
MacArthur Foundation director helps to unveil LSUHSC Institute for Public Health and Justice
7/7/2011
By Louisiana Models for Change
Juvenile justice reform stakeholders from across the nation gathered at a recent John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation-sponsored meeting to hear the first public announcement regarding the…
Funding, Implementing Evidence-Based Practices
6/2/2011
By Zerline Hughes, Justice Policy Institute
Now more than ever, cash-strapped states are looking into ways to shave expenses. Nationally, there are 81,000 youth in juvenile facilities; 70 percent of these youth are held in state-funded,…
Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Catherine "Kitty" Kimball Addresses Joint Session of the Louisiana Legislature
5/16/2011
By Louisiana Models for Change
Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Catherine “Kitty” Kimball addressed the legislative joint session of the House and Senate on Tuesday, May 3, 2011. During her remarks, Kimball…
Louisiana Moves Full Steam Ahead in Coordinating Aid to At-Risk Youth
3/30/2011
By Louisiana Models for Change
Four state agencies in Louisiana are collaborating to improve aid for children with emotional and mental needs, with the goal of keeping more youth with behavior problems in their homes, as well as…
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 …
Racing to Keep Children Out of Prison
2/14/2011
By Louisiana Models for Change
Sibil Fox Richardson ran her first marathon in New Orleans on Sunday, February 13. However, Richardson had a far more important message to deliver during her run: As the world leader in…
Louisiana's Top Juvenile Justice Official Sees Improvement at Youth Center
1/5/2011
By Louisiana Models for Change
Mary Livers, Deputy Secretary of the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice (OJJ), along with the director of Monroe's Swanson Center for Youth say conditions at the center continue to improve, despite…
Jeff Juvenile Services Director Named Champion of Change
12/10/2010, Times-Picayune
By Andrea Shaw
Jefferson Parish Juvenile Services director Roy Juncker has been named a "Champion for Change'' by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for his work in seeking to reform the juvenile…
Roy Juncker Honored as Champion for Change in Juvenile Justice Reform
12/7/2010
By Louisiana Models for Change
For Immediate Release Contact: Elliot Hutchinson (225) 344-0381 ehutchinson@hdaissues.com December 7, 2010 Roy Juncker Honored as Champion for Change in Juvenile Justice Reform Will Be…
Champion for Change Roy L. Juncker, Jr.
12/1/2010, Models for Change
By Louisiana
Director, Jefferson Parish. Louisiana Department of Juvenile Services Read the complete 2010 Champions for Change program. Roy Juncker, once the Chief of Police in the small Jefferson Parish city…
2010 Champions for Change
12/1/2010
The Champions for Change recognizes one Models for Change leader or partner from each of the four core Models for Change states (Illinois, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Washington) and each of the Models…
Jetson Center for Youth Shows Off Its Reformed Ways
11/10/2010
By Louisiana Models for Change
Several years ago, a common sight at Jetson Center for Youth was shackled and handcuffed teenagers clad in orange jumpsuits shuffling across the prison campus under the watchful eyes of uniformed…
Profile for Change: Damon Baldone
11/3/2010
By Louisiana Models for Change
Louisiana District 53 State Representative Damon Baldone from Houma, Louisiana As a Louisiana state representative, Baldone has garnered a reputation for handling tough issues related to crime…
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…
Calcasieu Sets Standards for Juvenile Justice
8/29/2010
By Louisiana Models for Change
Calcasieu Parish has been asked to help develop standards for juvenile justice detention centers around the state. House Bill 1477, enacted this summer, outlines the development of “best…
Opinion: Young Offenders are Different
8/27/2010, The News-Star (Monroe, Louisiana)
By Dana Kaplan
Currently in Louisiana there are 897 individuals behind bars for crimes committed as juveniles. Of these 897, almost half, 394, were prosecuted as adults, bypassing the juvenile justice system…
Juvenile Detention Reform Helping to Ease Overcrowding
8/6/2010
By Louisiana Models for Change
In Shreveport, Louisiana, Caddo Juvenile Detention Center's small cell blocks are reserved mostly for teens charged with armed robbery, sex crimes and other violent felony offenses. Despite a…
Your Mail: Uniform Standards Coming
7/14/2010, The Alexandria Town Talk
By Louisiana State Representative Damon Baldone
During the recent session, the Legislature took a long-awaited -- and very necessary -- step toward juvenile justice reform. In collaboration with the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana and the…
Reform Helps Ease Overcrowding
7/9/2010, The Shreveport Times
By Loresha Wilson
SHREVEPORT, La. — Caddo Juvenile Detention Center's small cell blocks are reserved mostly for teens charged with armed robbery, sex crimes and other violent felony offenses. Despite a reported…
Juvenile Detention Standards Bill Hits Governor's Desk
6/18/2010
By Louisiana Models for Change
A major, long-awaited step in reform of Louisiana's juvenile justice system is now an imminent reality. The Senate voted unanimously in late June to pass Rep. Damon Baldone's House Bill 1477, which…
Legislation Would Set Standard for Juvenile Detention
6/17/2010, The News Star
By Matthew Hamilton
The Louisiana Legislature has passed a bill that would set standards for juvenile detention facilities, one of the long-deferred promises from the state's landmark juvenile justice reform…
National Juvenile Justice Network to present Jefferson Parish's Children and Youth Planning Board with Award for Leadership in Juvenile Justice Reform
5/20/2010
By Louisiana Models for Change
The National Juvenile Justice Network will present the Jefferson Parish Children and Youth Planning Board with its Award for Leadership in Juvenile Justice Reform. This is the inaugural year for the…
The Hard Labor of Reform: Despite Progress, Juvenile Justice Overhaul Still Lags Original Vision
4/26/2010, The News Star
By Matthew Hamilton
Louisiana's juvenile justice reformers put the fate of children above all else in their founding document. "The Legislature hereby finds and declares that the children and families of Louisiana are…
Jefferson Parish Department of Juvenile Services Director Roy Juncker Jr. Shines Light on a Dark Subject
4/19/2010
By Louisiana Models for Change
Jefferson Parish Department of Juvenile Services (DJS) Director Roy L. Juncker Jr. received the Light of Hope Award for Outstanding Community Professional by the Court Appointed Special Advocates…
ULM Hosts Fourth Meeting of Juvenile Justice Summit
4/1/2010, The News-Star
By Stephen Largen
Louisiana juvenile justice stakeholders gathered at the University of Louisiana at Monroe on Wednesday for the fourth in a series of six meetings discussing alternative methods for handling troubled…
The 30th Annual Louisiana Governor’s Conference on Juvenile Justice Showcases the Best and Brightest of the Juvenile Justice Reform Movement
3/29/2010
By Louisiana Models for Change
The 30th Annual Louisiana Governor’s Conference on Juvenile Justice, held earlier this month in New Orleans, Louisiana, proved to be a defining moment in the state’s juvenile justice…
The Children of Transfer
3/26/2010
By Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana
In Louisiana there are currently 897 people incarcerated for crimes committed before their 17th birthday. Of these 897, 394 are currently incarcerated in adult prisons. "The Children of Transfer"…
Helping Prisoners Can Cut Recidivism
3/19/2010
By Louisiana Models for Change (Courtesy of Dane Bolin, Director of Calcasieu Parish Office of Juvenile Justice Services)
Letter to the Editor For the Lake Charles American Press March 18, 2010 RE: Editorial – Helping prisoners can cut recidivism In a recent editorial, some statistics were presented…
Acadia Youth Council Hears Advice
3/19/2010
By Louisiana Models for Change (Howell Dennis)
Acadia Youth Council hears advice By Howell Dennis NEWS EDITOR, The Crowley Post Signal Members of the Acadia Youth Council gathered at the Sheriff’s Department Thursday afternoon…
Behavior Strategists Help Students in Tough Times
3/15/2010
By Louisiana Models for Change (courtesy of Karina Donica)
From Alexandria, Louisiana newspaper The Town Talk: Diahn Fleury still remembers her days teaching a group of emotionally disturbed children 12 years ago at North Bayou Elementary School and…
Mental Health Court Keeps Children out of Jail
2/2/2010
By Louisiana Models for Change (courtesy of Loresha Wilson)
Taken from a report in the Shreveport Louisiana newspaper, The Shreveport Times: Wearing shorts and a T-shirt, the teenager sat on the sofa in his home in Shreveport's Caddo Heights neighborhood…
Jefferson Parish Juvenile Court Leads Way With Children and Youth Planning Board
1/22/2010
By Louisiana Models for Change
In October 2006, after being selected as one of the first MacArthur Foundation Louisiana grant sites, the Jefferson Parish Children and Youth Planning Board formed working committees designed to meet…
Rapides Parish - Structured Decision Making Tools for Better Alternatives
1/22/2010
By Louisiana Models for Change
Judge Patricia Koch and other judges of the 9th Judicial District Court are active partners in communitywide reform made possible with the financial support of the MacArthur Foundation's Models for…
Juvenile Justice Reform Initiatives Taking Place Across Louisiana
1/15/2010
By Louisiana Models for Change (courtesy of Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Catherine D. Kimball)
I applaud the member judges of the Louisiana Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges for their active support and ongoing efforts to improve and reform Louisiana’s juvenile justice…
Beyond the Classroom: Patricia Evans Koch, 9th District Court Judge
1/4/2010
By Louisiana Models for Change
Taken from Alexandria, Louisiana newspaper The Town Talk: Beyond the Classroom: Patricia Evans Koch, 9th District Court judge Patricia Evans Koch Age: 49 Native of: Desoto…
Rapides Parish Judge Nationally Honored
12/13/2009
By Louisiana Models for Change (courtesy of Elliot A. Hutchinson))
Ninth Judicial District Judge Patricia Evans Koch will be honored as a 2009 Champion for Change in juvenile justice reform for her work locally and across the state. Koch will be recognized by…
Champion for Change: Hon. Patricia E. Koch
12/1/2009, Models for Change
By Louisiana
Judge Division “E” Ninth Judicial District Court, Rapides Parish, Louisiana Read the complete 2009 Champions for Change program. From the bench, or across the conference table,…
Lt. Gov. Tours High-Security Juvenile Detention Center
10/15/2009
By Louisiana Models for Change
Two of the six members of Louisiana's juvenile justice oversight panel took a tour Monday of a youth prison that has been hit with recent criticism that it's understaffed and overcrowded with…
Teen: Jetson changed his life
10/15/2009
By Louisiana Models for Change (courtesy of SANDY DAVIS)
A 16-year-old, Brodrick E., said Wednesday he would never have pictured himself singing in a choir. “I used to be thugging it out on the street,” he said. But his street life ended…
Council OKs New Therapeutic Facility
10/2/2009
By Louisiana Models for Change
The St. Landry Parish Council voted 12-1 Thursday, October 1, to allow the parish to become home to a new therapeutic juvenile center. The $20 million facility will be constructed near Opelousas,…
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…
Reform Efforts Improving Mental Health Services and Coordination for Youth
8/18/2009
By Joe Cocozza
Solomon Moore’s article New York Times article illustrates the problems with using juvenile justice systems to meet the mental health needs of youth. Fortunately, there are growing efforts to…
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,…
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.…
ULM awarded $385K grant
7/20/2009, The News-Star
By By Stephen Largen
ULM awarded $385K grant

 Funds to help address teen substance abuse

 By Stephen Largen
 slargen@monroe.gannett.com The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has awarded a $385,000…
Focus on juvenile-justice reform
6/19/2009, Houman Today
By Catherine Kimball
The Louisiana Legislature is currently considering a number of measures that would change the way our juvenile justice system works. Some would change the way parole is addressed for juvenile…
Making a difference: New board to help tackle juvenile-offender problem
6/10/2009, Town Talk
By Karina Donica
They come from various walks of life, but a group of local residents is taking a step together in the hopes of making a difference in the lives of at-risk youths in Rapides Parish. The group of 10…
Federal commitment offers welcomed support to local initiatives to promote racial and ethnic fairness
5/28/2009
By LaWanda Johnson
Acting Administrator of the OJJDP, Jeff Slowikowski, addresses DMC Action Network As local Models for Change demonstration sites show how juvenile justice systems can be more just for all youth,…
An early intervention success story
5/26/2009
By 16th Judicial District
Ms. Jennifer Smith* is a case manager for the school-based Prosecutor's Early Intervention Program (PEIP) in Louisiana's 16th Judicial District. The 16th JD has been working with the Models for…
Director of Juvenile Justice for Calcasieu Parish Receives State Award
5/26/2009, Southwest Daily News
Baton Rouge, La. - Dane Bolin, Director of the Calcasieu Parish Office of Juvenile Justice Services in Lake Charles, has been named the 11th recipient of the prestigious Don E. Wydra Memorial Award…
Models for Change Launches New Online Resource Featuring Louisiana Juvenile Justice Reforms
5/6/2009
By Beth Touchet-Morgan
For Immediate Release: May 6, 2009 Contact: Beth Touchet-Morgan (225) 342-4253 Beth.Touchet-Morgan@la.gov Baton Rouge, LA – The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s…
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.…
Catherine Kimball named Chief Justice of Louisiana Supreme Court
2/2/2009
By Louisiana Models for Change
Justice Catherine “Kitty” Kimball recently became the chief justice of the high court in Louisiana. Kimball became the first female justice of the state Supreme Court in 1992. Justice…
Juncker honored for juvenile justice reform work in Louisiana
1/29/2009
By Models for Change Louisiana
Increasing use of evidence-based treatment in Jefferson Parish Roy Juncker, Director of the Jefferson Parish Department of Juvenile Services, was recognized Wednesday, January 28, 2009 by the…
Untreated Mental Health Needs Fuels School to Jail Pipeline
1/5/2009, New York Times
By Joseph J. Cocozza, Ph.D.
Letter to the Editor NY Times RE: The Principal's Office First To The Editor: Thank you for drawing attention to the issue of increasing school arrests. Frequently, arrested youth have untreated…
Third Models for Change working conference gathers forces and champions juvenile justice reform
1/1/2009
The Third Annual Models for Change Working Conference, in December 2008, provided a unique opportunity for representatives from all areas of the initiative to come together and share knowledge, tools…
Bouquets & Brickbats: Paul J. Frick named a Champion for Change
12/22/2008, Best of New Orleans.com
By Written by Publisher
Paul J. Frick, a psychology professor at UNO, has been named a Champion for Change in juvenile justice reform by the Louisiana Models for Change initiative. He received the honor for collecting data…
Foundation Selects Four States for Action Network to Improve Legal Representation for Indigent Youth
12/9/2008, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
(Washington, DC) — Four states have been selected in a competitive process by the MacArthur Foundation to participate in the new Models for Change Juvenile Indigent Defense Action Network…
Champions for Change
12/8/2008
By Models for Change
James Anderson, PA Elizabeth Clarke, IL Paul Frick, LA Jacqueline van Wormer, WA Four inaugural award recipients honored at Models for Change annual meeting Models for…
2008 Update: Gathering Force
12/8/2008
By National Center for Juvenile Justice
Models for Change states and action networks are contributing to the gathering forces of significant juvenile justice reforms based in shared values, growing knowledge of what works, and a deep well…
New detention screening method in Rapides Parish, LA
12/1/2008
By DMC Action Network eNews
In early 2008, representatives from Rapides Parish (Alexandria, LA) Juvenile Court, the Assistant District Attorney, Indigent Defense Counsel, all law enforcement agencies, and juvenile probation…
Champion for Change: Paul Joseph Frick, PhD
12/1/2008, Models for Change
By Louisiana
Research Professor of Psychology. Chair of Department of Psychology University of New Orleans Read the complete 2008 Champions for Change program. Fair, rational, and effective are words that…
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.…
Op-Ed: Better Models for Juvenile Justice
8/22/2007, The Christian Science Monitor
By Rod R. Blagojevich, Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, Edward G. Rendell and Chris Gregoire
Springfield, Ill.; Baton Rouge, La.; Harrisburg, Pa.; and Olympia, Wash. Amid news stories that raise the specter of increasing juvenile crime, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that crime rates…
MacArthur Action Networks to Address Racial and Ethnic Disparities and Mental Health in Juvenile Justice
6/19/2007, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Chicago, IL (June 19, 2007) – The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, which is investing $100 million to support and accelerate promising models of juvenile justice reform, is…
MacArthur Awards $4.2 Million to Accelerate Juvenile Justice Reform in Illinois, 3 Other States
6/15/2006, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
CHICAGO, IL—The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation today announced six grants totaling nearly $4.2 million to help accelerate promising models for juvenile justice reform as part of…
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