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OP-ED: Juvenile Sex Offender Registries Don’t Make Us Safer
8/18/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
Sex offenders are people, too. You probably won’t see that on bumper stickers soon, but it is the sentiment I try to convey when explaining my views of how our society should respond to sexual…
OP-ED: Ferguson a Stark Reminder of Racial Disparity in Nation’s Justice System
8/15/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Elizabeth Clarke
The protests in Ferguson, Mo., have captured the attention of the nation, focusing on the injustice and racial disparities in the justice system — in Ferguson.
OP-ED: How to Improve the System’s Treatment of Kids? Ask Them
8/14/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By John Maki
While a growing body of research has demonstrated that punishing young people in the adult criminal justice system is not an effective deterrent, results in higher rates of recidivism and undermines…
OP-ED: Restorative Justice Isn’t Fluff, It’s an Investment in the Future
7/9/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
The argument escalated during lunch in the cafeteria. The 15-year-old boy who threw the first punch made a loud comment about the 16-year-old’s tattoo and threw a hard right. The older boy went…
States Selected for SAMHSA-MacArthur Initiative to Divert Juvenile Justice-Involved Youth with Behavioral Health Needs
6/20/2014, Press Release
By Staff
Policy Academy-Action Network Initiative: State Selection Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the John D. and…
OP-ED: Models for Change — A Decade of Advancing Juvenile Justice
6/13/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Marc Schindler
Action Networks received Champions for Change awards during the 2013 Models for Change Annual Conference. When I left the Youth Law Center in 2005 to take a position with the DC Department of…
Illinois Governor Signs Bill Directing Expungement of Some Juvenile Arrests
6/12/2014
By Illinois Models for Change
CHICAGO — Beginning in 2016, the Illinois State Police will begin once-per-year expungement of some juvenile arrest records from its database. The streamlining of the expungement process in…
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…
The Makings of a Good Juvenile Probation Officer
6/4/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
When juvenile court judges across the nation make decisions in response to crimes committed by children, most often those children receive a sentence of probation, and the court relies upon the…
Illinois Agrees to Provide Attorneys to Defend Children Returned to Prison for Alleged Parole Violations
5/19/2014, Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center
CHICAGO – Illinois officials have agreed to major reforms aimed at protecting children in the state’s parole system. These reforms will resolve a class action lawsuit that alleged due…
An Opportunity to Remake Juvenile Justice
5/7/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
It is the legislative season in Illinois and around the country, and that means advocates spend lots of time trying to improve the juvenile justice system and trying to defeat bills that would hinder…
Redeploy Illinois savings surpass $60 million by diverting more than 1,000 youth from prison
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…
New Illinois Research Confirms 30-Year Trend of Poor Outcomes and Nearly Exclusive Impact on Minority Youth from Automatic Transfer to Adult Court
4/22/2014, Juvenile Justice Initiative
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 22, 2014 Contact: Elizabeth Clarke 847-894-4206 New Research Confirms 30-Year Trend of Poor Outcomes and Nearly Exclusive Impact on Minority Youth from Automatic…
Study: Minority Kids Hit Hardest By Illinois Law
4/22/2014, Associated Press
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – A 32-year-old Illinois law that requires juveniles accused of the most serious crimes to be charged as adults may be discriminatory, prevents judges from exercising…
OP-ED: It’s Time to Abolish Automatic Transfer
4/9/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By John Maki, Executive Director of the John Howard Association of Illinois
In Illinois’ statehouse, legislators are debating a proposal that would give judges the power to determine whether kids should be tried in juvenile or criminal court, regardless of the crime…
OP-ED: Teens and the Sex Offender Registry, No Good Outcomes for Anyone
4/2/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
Last week, I hailed a taxi in Washington, D C, and asked the driver to take me to the Keck Building for a meeting with a committee of the National Research Council. The cabby recognized the address…
Mayor Emanuel backs bill to expunge juvenile arrest records
3/31/2014, Chicago Sun-Times
By Frank Main
CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel is pushing legislation to expunge certain juvenile arrest records automatically — and remove a major hurdle for people to qualify for jobs, according to…
Keeping juveniles on sex-offender registry doesn’t make sense
3/26/2014, Chicago Sun-Times
By Mark Brown
The Illinois Sex Offender Registry includes the names of more than 2,500 individuals who were found guilty of a sex offense as a juvenile — 70 percent of them required to carry the label for…
Illinois Commission recommends removing juvenile offenders from sex registries, bolstering treatment
3/25/2014, Associated Press
By John O'Connor
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — Requiring juveniles to register as sex offenders impairs rehabilitation efforts for a crime that very few of them ever commit again, a study released Tuesday says.
Illinois’ First Comprehensive Study of Youth Who Have Sexually Offended Finds They Are Highly Amenable to Treatment and Unlikely to Reoffend
3/25/2014, Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission
Recommendations: Illinois should implement evidence-informed policies for professionals who work with victims and youth offenders; provide individualized, community-based, family-focused treatments…
Chicago Public Schools: Expulsion rate higher at charter schools
2/26/2014, Chicago Tribune
As it continues to modify strict disciplinary policies in an effort to keep students in the classroom, Chicago Public Schools on Tuesday released data showing privately run charter schools expel…
OP-ED: The Importance of Jobs Programs for Youth Re-Entry
2/5/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
As the nation’s perception of the juvenile justice system has evolved steadily over the last 20 years, states across the country have acted on many lessons learned from research and experience…
Illinois Riddled With Issues of Juvenile Access to Counsel, Fair Representation
2/5/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Suyeon Son
In 2007, Northwestern University Law School’s Children and Family Justice Center and the National Juvenile Defender Center collaborated to identify key issues in Illinois with juvenile access…
Governor Quinn Names Candice Jones as Director of Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice
1/31/2014, Illinois Office of the Governor
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today appointed Candice Jones as the director of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ). Jones has most recently served as Associate Director of the…
A Q&A With Mariame Kaba: Can the U.S. Snap School-to-Prison Pipeline with New Rules?
1/16/2014, The Chicago Bureau
Mariame Kaba is the founding director of Project NIA, a Chicago-based nonprofit that supports youth involved in the criminal justice system with a mission to eradicate the incarceration of minors.…
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.
Prosecutor supports recent change in juvenile law
1/9/2014, State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
By Chris Dettro
The new state law that classifies 17-year-olds charged with some felonies as juveniles rather than adults won’t have much effect on the Sangamon County justice system.
Trauma and Triumph in Family Court
1/8/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
This is a story of complex family relations and problems and one that exemplifies the challenges, as well as the benefits, of engaging families in changing juvenile behaviors... While this family's…
17-Year-Olds Accused of Felonies to be Treated as Juveniles
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…
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.
Champions for Change: Action Networks
12/16/2013, Models for Change
By Action Networks
Models for Change recognizes the effective and collaborative work of ourAction Networks: Juvenile Indigent Defense Action Network – National Juvenile Defender Center Mental Health and…
OP-ED: U.S. Must Increase Juvenile Justice Protections for Children
12/9/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Elizabeth Clarke
Chicago, my hometown, was the home of the world’s first juvenile court. We are very proud of our history in the pioneering of a separate and more rehabilitative court for children in the United…
OP-ED: Holidays in the Juvenile Justice System
12/4/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
My wife, Mary Jo, and I were snowbound in Michigan while working on a building project so we lost Thanksgiving with our families in southern Illinois. Missing a holiday with the dozens of brothers,…
Justice Anne Burke Calls for Changing How Courts Punish Kids With Guns
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.
Incarceration is Only One Piece of a Rational, Effective Juvenile Justice System
11/6/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By George Timberlake, Ret.
A visitor from another planet – or even another country – who reviewed the juvenile justice system in most states, might conclude that we are committed to continuing crime through our…
Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice Director Arthur Bishop Issues Statement on Report Commissioned to Help Reduce and Prevent Sexual Victimization of Youth at Illinois Youth Centers
10/23/2013, Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice
SPRINGFIELD, IL — The Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ)’s Director Arthur Bishop today issued a statement on a report commissioned by IDJJ, conducted by Kinsale Management…
Illinois needs smaller juvenile prison systems
10/2/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
Illinois received more evidence last week that incarcerating young people doesn’t rehabilitate them. Independent experts told a federal court that Illinois’ juvenile prison system…
Illinois Governor Quinn Pioneers Innovative Approach to Fund New Opportunities for At-Risk Youth
9/30/2013, Illinois Office of the Governor
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced the next step in developing a cutting-edge partnership between Illinois, community organizations and private investors to provide better…
Celebrating the ‘My Kid Test’ and Patience in Chicago
9/11/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
When you bring a couple hundred good people together on a Friday in downtown Chicago, you can expect a party to break out. But if those people also happen to be juvenile justice policy wonks, the…
Much progress in Illinois and US to cut youth incarceration
8/30/2013, Elgin (IL) Courier-News
By Sarah Bryer, Director, National Juvenile Justice Network, and Elizabeth Clarke, President, Juvenile Justice Initiative
In state legislatures across the country, a new mentality on youth incarceration is emerging, dramatically reversing a troubling trend while also benefiting kids, saving taxpayer money and keeping…
New Federal Act Seen as ‘First Step’ in Reducing Prison Rape, Especially Among Young
8/23/2013, The Chicago Bureau
By Susan Du
Earlier this week, prisons nationwide were expected to launch new staffing models, education programs, psychological screening exams and incident reporting mechanisms to address high incidences of…
Real juvenile justice reform needs more than just good ideas
8/23/2013, Youth Today
By John Lash
Real change takes more than just ideas, it requires sustained and supported implementation of those ideas, and a willingness to make course corrections based on new data. It also requires that the…
With $15M in grants, MacArthur establishes 4 juvenile justice reform centers
8/21/2013, ABA Journal
By Molly McDonough
A longtime supporter of juvenile justice reform, the MacArthur Foundation has committed an additional $15 million to the effort, including the development of four juvenile justice reform centers as…
Illinois Lawyer Wins National Recognition As "Gutsy Youth Advocate" Of The Year
8/21/2013, National Juvenile Justice Network
(Washington, DC) -- Elizabeth “Betsy” Clarke, president of the Illinois-based Juvenile Justice Initiative, was recognized recently for her tenacious work on behalf of young people in…
There's no such thing as a bad kid in these Spokane, WA, trauma-informed elementary schools
8/20/2013, ACEsTooHigh.com
By Jane Stevens
In 2008, the Spokane, WA, educational community decided to embark on changing its schools to become safe and nurturing, so that kids can learn no matter what’s going on at home…or in…
MacArthur Expands Investment in Juvenile Justice Reform to $165 Million, Launches Resource Centers to Advance Reform and Improve Outcomes for Youth
8/14/2013
Resource Center Partnership seeks to continue the wave of juvenile justice reform in U.S. by helping practitioners, policymakers tackle issues central to improving outcomes for kids and…
Illinois Creates Action Plan to Combat Sexual Victimization of Youth in Prison
8/8/2013
By Illinois Models for Change
CHICAGO – A federal study of sexual victimization of youth in juvenile facilities has prompted the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) to create an action plan that includes…
OP-ED: Wise Spending Leads to Effective Solutions
8/8/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
A recent conversation with a group of friends reminded me that discussions about money are complicated and can move easily from discussion to heated argument. I said that more public funds should be…
Study: Chicago's One Summer Plus Youth Employment Program Cuts Violent Crime Arrests in Half
8/6/2013, City of Chicago, Mayor's Press Office
CHICAGO -- At-risk youth who participated in the 2012 One Summer Plus program experienced a 51 percent drop in arrests for violent crime, according to new study released from the University of…
OP-ED: Troubled Young People Deserve Compassion, Not Punishment
7/24/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Lizzie Buchen
At the turn of the 20th Century, Lucy Flower, my grandmother’s great grandmother, established the world’s first juvenile court inside the Cook County courthouse in central Chicago. …
Expedited Appeals of Juvenile Cases to Improve Fairness of System in Illinois
7/22/2013
By Illinois Models for Change
SPRINGFIELD, IL – By order of the Illinois Supreme Court, appeals of juvenile delinquency cases are being expedited, and proponents of the new rule believe it will further the goal of…
It's time to stop these crimes against Illinois' imprisoned youth
7/16/2013, Crain's Chicago Business
By John Maki, Executive Director, John Howard Association of Illinois
For several months last year, representatives of the U.S. Department of Justice passed through tight security of 326 of the nation's jails and prisons holding juveniles. The federal contractors were…
OP-ED: Behind Juvenile Justice Statistics are Real Human Consequences
7/3/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
If it’s possible for a public policy research topic to be “in vogue,” juvenile justice has been a craze for the past decade.
The Potential Perils of the Youth PROMISE Act
7/3/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Matthew Kovac
Reintroduced in Congress this March, the Youth PROMISE Act has been advertised as a common-sense, cost-saving measure to reduce the U.S. prison population by focusing on youth violence prevention and…
Therapy Helps Troubled Teens Rethink Crime
7/2/2013, NPR
By Shankar Vedantam
Late one night in November 2007, a student at the University of Chicago named Amadou Cisse was accosted by a young man named Demetrius Warren.
Voice of the People: Juvenile Justice
7/2/2013, Chicago Tribune
By Andrea Durbin, CEO, Illinois Collaboration on Youth
The recent American Civil Liberties Union report about the war on marijuana has brought to light facts that are often hidden behind "tough on crime" slogans and bureaucratic agendas. Illinois ranks…
Putting So Many Kids in Jail Is Stupid and Expensive
6/18/2013, THE312 (Chicago Magazine's staff blog)
By Whet Moser
A few years ago, Illinois—and Chicago in particular—realized it had a problem on its hands with both juvenile recidivism and juvenile incarceration. Despite the tremendous amounts of…
Throwing children in prison turns out to be a really bad idea
6/15/2013, Wonkblog (Washington Post)
By Brad Plummer
The United States still puts more children and teenagers in juvenile detention than any other developed nations in the world, with about 70,000 detained on any given day in 2010. And as it turns out,…
System Failure: Sexual Victimization in Illinois Juvenile Prisons
6/13/2013, HuffPost Chicago
By John Maki, Executive Director of the John Howard Association of Illinois
In a recently released national study, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) found that Illinois ranked among the four worst states in the country for rates of reported sexual victimization in…
My View: Juvenile justice system broken, needs oversight
6/13/2013, Freeport (IL) Journal-Standard
By Elizabeth Clarke, President of the Juvenile Justice Initiative
Too often, it takes a crisis — and victims — to bring about a change.
Experts say Illinois youth prisons need independent ombudsman
6/11/2013, WBEZ (Chicago Public Radio)
By Patrick Smith
The chair of the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission says Gov. Pat Quinn must act quickly to protect kids in the state’s youth prisons. Retired Judge George Timberlake says incarcerated youth…
In Illinois, a Season of Restorative Justice
6/5/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Judge George Timberlake
It has been a good spring for juvenile justice in Illinois. In a year of great fiscal challenge, the General Assembly approved Gov. Pat Quinn’s proposal to double funding for Redeploy Illinois,…
Cruel, Unusual, and a Matter of Law in Illinois
6/5/2013, The Atlantic
By Paige Sutherland, Bryan Lowry, and Ananth Baliga
The one-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision to outlaw juvenile mandatory life sentencing without parole is coming up fast, yet Illinois is no closer to being in compliance.
A Public-Private Partnership that Works
5/23/2013, Juvenile Law Center
By Autumn Dickman
Public-private partnerships are a staple of good government initiatives. Rarely, however, has such a partnership existed in juvenile justice on the scale of MacArthur Foundation’s…
Prevent crime by giving children the right start
5/23/2013, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
By St. Clair County (IL) State's Attorney Brendan Kelly
There is a growing consensus among law enforcement that we need to be doing much more on the front end to prevent crime on the back end. That’s why my office has created a Children’s…
Editorial: Fighting crime the smart way
5/22/2013, Chicago Sun-Times
As recently as three years ago, more than 1,300 young people were locked up in juvenile prisons in Illinois, costing the state a small fortune, from $88,000 to $98,000 per inmate. Now, thanks in…
Voice of the Reader: Redeploy Illinois needs support
5/21/2013, Southern Illinoisan (Carbondale)
By Union County (IL) State's Attorney Tyler Edmonds
My law enforcement colleagues do a good job addressing juvenile crime and making sure offending juveniles are taken off the streets. But we continually arrest and prosecute the same kids and send…
Violence in the streets can start in the home
5/17/2013, WBEZ-FM (Chicago Public Radio)
By Adriana Cardona-Maguigad
CHICAGO -- Ubaldina is a mother of six, who works the night shift at a packing company so she can be there when her kids come home from school. She’s raising her kids alone now. She said her…
Juvenile Justice shows progress
5/16/2013, Illinois Times
By Patrick Yeagle
When the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice was created in 2006, the state’s youth prisons held 1,500 juvenile offenders. Today, there are fewer than 900 kids behind bars in Illinois…
Two Major Juvenile Justice Bills Passed in Illinois Senate
5/15/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By James Swift
On Tuesday, Illinois state senators passed two bills with potentially profound implications on the state’s juvenile justice system.
‘Math tutoring on steroids’ aims to help troubled Chicago teens, muscle out crime
5/12/2013, Chicago Sun-Times
By Frank Main
Math kills crime. That’s the result researchers expect from a program that combines “math tutoring on steroids” with sports-based mentoring for troubled teens in Chicago.
One Case Makes the Case for Community Based Services
5/8/2013, Youth Today
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
CHICAGO -- The national debate continues over the issues of guns and violence, but attention to the subject of mental health services and funding must not be lost. We cannot miss the opportunity to…
Editorial: State can be a leader in juvenile justice
5/7/2013, Chicago Sun-Times
In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that juveniles should not be sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole. But the court didn’t address two issues. What about juveniles who…
Transforming the Justice System by Partnering with Families
5/6/2013, Campaign for Youth Justice
By Neelum Arya
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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…
A New Hub for Juvenile Justice Research
4/24/2013, Juvenile Justice Resource Hub
By Juvenile Justice Information Exchange and the National Juvenile Justice Network
Juvenile justice professionals take note: a new resource launches this week that will make it easier—and more engaging—than ever to get in-depth journalism stories together with key…
Raise the Age; Don't Split the Difference
4/3/2013, Youth Today
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
The MacArthur Foundation's new "Mistakes Kids Make" Internet-based campaign is a welcome and innovative way to educate the public of the wisdom of giving kids an opportunity to straighten out their…
Editorial: Raise age for charging youths as adults
3/25/2013, Chicago Sun-Times
In Illinois, a 17-year-old goof caught shoplifting a $150 iPod Touch, a misdemeanor theft, is charged as a juvenile. If the same 17-year-old goof steals a $400 iPhone, a felony theft, he is charged…
We are the System
3/6/2013, Youth Today
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
Since the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School late last year, there has been an abundance of suggested policy changes to keep children safe. They include armed guards in every school…
Children and Family Justice Center awarded 2013 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions
2/28/2013
By Northwestern University
Video: The Children and Family Justice Center The extraordinary accomplishments of the Children and Family Justice Center were recognized by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, which…
Study Recommends Extending Illinois Juvenile Court Jurisdiction to Include 17-year-olds Charged with Felony Offenses
2/26/2013, Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Feb. 26, 2013 Recommendation: To promote a juvenile justice system focused on public safety, youth rehabilitation, fairness, and fiscal responsibility, Illinois should…
Truancy Needs Early and Innovative Intervention
2/20/2013, Youth Today
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
Skipping school – perhaps that makes you think of adventures with high school friends just to test your independence. Four of my high school pals skipped school one beautiful spring day and…
Though controversial, prison reform a necessity
2/10/2013, Chicago Sun-Times
By Esther Franco-Payne
Every discussion of state government today revolves around the public pension funds stalemate, a crisis that has sucked the air out of the State Capitol. Yet, the wheels of state government keep…
A Rational Approach to School Safety and Student Performance
2/5/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
Debate is raging in communities across the country about the role of police in our nation’s schools. While the discussion is long overdue, too often the debate centers on the role and presence…
Why is it so hard to expunge juvenile records in Cook County?
2/4/2013, Chicago Public Radio
By Linda Paul
Thousands of kids get arrested each year at school in Chicago, and that might not be news to you. But what might be surprising are what can be long-term consequences of juvenile arrests, even for…
How many Chicago juvenile arrests happen at school?
2/4/2013, Chicago Public Radio
By Linda Paul
Tens of thousands of young people get arrested each year in Chicago, and a lot of those arrests happen on the grounds of Chicago Public Schools. Of course, arrests at school happen all across the…
Juvenile offenders studied: Report links mental health issues, jail in Louisiana
2/1/2013, The Advocate
By Mark Ballard
Louisiana jails a higher percentage of youthful inmates with mental health needs than most other states, according to a study released Thursday. “We don’t do a very good job of keeping…
Report calls for increased funding for juvenile justice efforts
2/1/2013, The Times-Picayune
By Laura Maggi
To sustain and ramp up changes to Louisiana's juvenile justice system there needs to be adequate funding at both the state and local levels, experts recommended in a report released Thursday. At a…
LSUHSC School of Public Health Institute for Public Health and Justice Hosts Conference in Baton Rouge to Discuss Progress Thus Far and Next Steps in Reform
1/30/2013
By Louisiana Models for Change and Institute for Public Health and Justice
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, January 31, 2013 Contact Information Jim Harris 225-344-0381 LSUHSC School of Public Health Institute for Public Health and Justice Hosts…
Screen to Save: Youth Assessment Conserves Resources and Improves Outcomes for Youth
1/23/2013
By Gina Vincent and David Kindler
Screen to Save: Youth Assessment Conserves Resources and Improves Outcomes for Youth Youth “risk for re-offending” assessment tools can help juvenile justice systems to target resources…
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…
Champion for Change: Gene Griffin
12/3/2012, Models for Change
By Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Action Network
Gene Griffin Champion for Change award, annual conference 2012 Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Read the complete…
Redeploy Illinois Savings Pass $40 Million As State Officials Advocate Expansion
11/8/2012
By Illinois Models for Change
SPRINGFIELD, IL – After seven successive years of experience reducing the number of youth committed to state incarceration, some state officials are convinced resources to support the Redeploy…
For the Newly-Elected Judge, a Different View of Juvenile Court
11/7/2012, Youth Today
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
Dozens of lawyers won their first elections as judges this month, and they will soon experience the sensation of viewing the courtroom from the other side of the bench and hearing the words…
International Juvenile Justice Conference Told of Shift Away from Incarceration of Youth in USA
11/6/2012
By Illinois Models for Change
Elizabeth Clarke, the leader of a juvenile justice reform coalition in Illinois, told an international audience Tuesday of a trend away from mass incarceration of youth in the United States. In…
After the Violence, the Rest of Their Lives
11/4/2012, New York Times
By Erica Goode
CHICAGO — Xavier McElrath-Bey drives past the dilapidated houses, liquor stores and vacant lots in his old neighborhood and sees the landmarks of his youth.
Lawsuit Seeks Changes in Youth Parole Revocation Hearings in Illinois
11/1/2012
By Illinois Models for Change
CHICAGO – Comparing parole revocations hearings in for youth in Illinois to “kangaroo courts,” a class action lawsuit filed recently in federal court has charged that the hearings…
Don’t play politics: Close underused youth prisons
10/28/2012, Chicago Sun-Times
By Stephanie Kollmann
Voters are rightly disinclined to blame state workers for Illinois’ fiscal woes. Still, it’s hard to imagine the economic moment when taxpayers would be sympathetic to a union that…
Illinois Advocate Sues to Speed Juvenile Parole Reform
10/25/2012, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Maggie Lee
Juveniles who appeared before the Illinois Prisoner Review Board (IPRB) for parole revocation hearings were denied due process, according to a state-commissioned report that’s almost a year…
Letter: Much done, much to do on juvenile justice
10/23/2012, The Advocate-Baton Rouge, La.
By Louisiana Models for Change
It has been a long road for juvenile justice reform in Louisiana. There has been some improvement, but much more needs to be done. In 2001, the Louisiana Legislature took steps to revitalize the…
Agreement Could Lead to Additional Improvements for Incarcerated Youth in Illinois
9/12/2012
By Illinois Models for Change
CHICAGO – An agreement between the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ) and the ACLU of Illinois may avert a potential expensive and lengthy court battle and lead to improvements in…
llinois should close two juvenile prisons to save money
9/3/2012, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
By George W. Timberlake, Chair, Illinois Juvenle Justice Commission
With Gov. Pat Quinn and Illinois AFSCME locked in a protracted lawsuit over the governor's intention to close state prisons, the public debate often focuses on overcrowding in the state's adult…
Illinois Supreme Court: Even juveniles deserve strong legal defense
8/31/2012, Associated Press
By Christopher Will
SPRINGFIELD, IL -- Lawyers are supposed to win cases for their clients. Lawyers in the juvenile justice system want what's best for troubled children. And when the two impulses are in conflict, the…
Experts Say New Federal Rule Brings Hope for LGBTQ Youth in Custody
8/29/2012, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Christie Thompson
Given the high rate of torment suffered by LGBT youth in custody, activists applauded last week’s finalizing of a landmark law that took nine years to get from adoption to implementation.
Editorial: Justice for juveniles
8/22/2012, Chicago Sun-Times
Cook County’s juvenile justice center has made big strides in recent years. It’s cleaner and safer, its staff is more responsive and its school is more effective. But improvements…
Policy Experts Address the Challenges Facing LGBT Youth in Lockup
8/22/2012, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By James Swift
“Why are we focused on LGBTQI youth all of a sudden?” said Mykel Selph, director of the Office of Girls & Gender at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (JTDC) in…
Juvenile detention center population keeps falling; But reform work not finished, officials say
8/20/2012, Chicago Tribune
By Hal Dardick
CHICAGO -- Cook County has been able to reduce the number of teens locked up in its juvenile detention center, but there's still much to be done before the mission to reform the long-troubled…
Illinois Summit Examines Ways to Help Youth Leaving Prison Succeed and End the Cycle of Prison Recidivism
7/30/2012
By Illinois Models for Change
CHICAGO -- Nearly 100 youth service providers and justice reform advocates participated in a daylong summit discussing how to help move Illinois from a youth parole system that is punitive in nature…
Illinois Demonstration Project to Help Juvenile Offenders Make Successful Transition Back to Their Home Communities
7/24/2012, Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission on Tuesday announced the start of a demonstration project to reduce the recidivism and improve the outcomes of juvenile offenders. The…
Federal money to help Illinois to change troubling youth prison statistic
7/24/2012, WBEZ (Chicago Public Radio)
By Rob Wildeboer
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's Juvenile Justice Commission says 50 to 60 percent of the kids released from youth prisons end up going back within three years. It’s a troubling statistic, but the…
Experiencing Trauma
6/20/2012, Catalyst Chicago
By Illinois Models for Change
School district leaders understand that children who have witnessed violence or other traumatic events often have trouble in school. But without extra resources or staff, schools are hard-pressed to…
JJI Urges Congress to Ban Solitary Confinement of Juveniles
6/19/2012, Juvenile Justice Initiative
By Illinois Models for Change
JJI Urges Congress to Ban Solitary Confinement of Juveniles CHICAGO – The Juvenile Justice Initiative (JJI) of Illinois on Tuesday urged Congress to ban solitary confinement of…
STATE MUST CLOSE PRISONS AS NEED DECREASES
6/10/2012, Chicago Sun-Times
By Julie Biehl
Q. What happens when a state responds to non-violent juvenile delinquents with a justice system that holds them accountable for their actions and delivers family counseling, addiction treatment and…
SAMHSA, MacArthur Collaborate to Improve How Juvenile System Responds to Youth with Behavioral Health Needs
3/8/2012, MacArthur Foundation
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation are collaborating on a $1 million effort targeting the behavioral health…
Landmark Study Offers Glimpse at Previously Ignored Youth Population
1/27/2012
By Washington State Models for Change
Landmark Study Offers Glimpse at Previously Ignored Youth Population Youth with Both Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice History Studied A study out of King County is the first of its kind in…
Department of Justice, MacArthur Foundation Provide $2 Million to Support Juvenile Justice Reform
1/26/2012
By Department of Justice, MacArthur Foundation
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Office of Justice Programs (OJP) January 26, 2012 …
New Illinois Law Will Require Judges To Consider Sentencing Juvenile Offenders To Treatment In Their Communities
12/20/2011, Juvenile Justice Initiative
CHICAGO – Beginning January 1, Illinois judges considering committing juvenile offenders to incarceration in a state juvenile prison must first ensure that commitment to the Department of…
Editorial: Time for an Intelligent Approach to Juvenile Justice
12/14/2011, The Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Imagine this line from a state report on young offenders and let it sink in for a moment:“The Illinois auditor general estimates that incarceration in (an Illinois Department of Juvenile…
'ILLINOIS IS FAILING' Shocking Problems Found In Youth Prison System
12/14/2011, Huffington Post Chicago
By Lizzie Schiffman
"One Commissioner observed a hearing in which there was 'no time for introduction or discussion. [The Prisoner Review Board hearing officer] was reading the wrong form and initially was going to deny…
West Valley Truancy Board a Model Program
12/8/2011
By Jody Lawrence-Turner
Bored with his West Valley High School classes, Harrison Calligan thought skipping school with friends might be more challenging. The teen figured out how to block the school’s numbers from…
Champion for Change Catherine Foley Geib: No drama, big results
12/6/2011, Models for Change
By Mental Health/Juvenile Justice Action Network
Catherine Foley, 2011 Champion for Change Manager of Clinical and Educational Services Court Support Services Division, Connecticut Judicial Branch Read the complete 2011 Champions for Change…
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…
Toni Irving, Governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Honored as Champion for Change in Juvenile Justice Reform
12/5/2011
By Illinois Models for Change
Irving’s “Dogged Determination” Recognized at National Meeting of MacArthur-Supported Juvenile Justice Reform Initiative CHICAGO – Toni Irving, deputy chief of staff to…
Making Major Strides in Juvenile Justice Reform
12/5/2011
By Models for Change
For Immediate Release December 5, 2011 Contact: Zerline Hughes, zhughes@justicepolicy.org / 202-558-7974 ext. 308 Jason Fenster, jfenster@justicepolicy.org / 202-558-7974 ext 306 WASHINGTON,…
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…
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…
Editorial: Teen Alternatives to Jail Good for All
10/28/2011, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
It's not every day that a state legislature working to trim the budget could be making life much better for those on whom we traditionally have spent a lot of money. But that seems to be the case…
Chicago Public Radio Makes the Connection Between Mental Illness and Juvenile Justice
10/28/2011
By Illinois Models for Change
CHICAGO -- "Out of the Shadows" is a fitting title for Chicago Public Radio station WBEZ-FM's series of news stories and discussion programs exploring "the fractures in mental health care for…
Editorial: Illinois Should Close at Least One Juvenile Prison
10/25/2011, The Pantagraph (Bloomington, IL)
Unlike their adult counterparts, Illinois’ juvenile prisons — with one exception — are at or below capacity. The state has been successful in diverting young offenders to other…
Editorial: Prison isn’t Best Option for Nonviolent Youths
10/14/2011, Chicago Sun-Times
A debate over closing the Illinois Youth Center in Downstate Murphysboro has focused on jobs and money and pitted Gov. Pat Quinn against legislators and organized labor. But here’s something…
Profile for Change: Patty Potter
9/27/2011
By Pennsylvania Models for Change
Since 2007, Patty Potter has performed the role of Mental Health Coordinator (MHC) in Erie County, one of the three Pennsylvania model counties selected to participate in the Models for Change Mental…
Editorial: State’s Lack of Efficiency is Costly
9/18/2011, Decatur Herald & Review
It makes sense to close at least one juvenile prison in Illinois, as Gov. Pat Quinn has recommended. That's unusual to hear, since there has been a lot of noise about how closing the seven…
Some Advocates Say State Doesn't Need All of its Juvenile Facilities
9/14/2011, Illinois Issues blog
By Jamey Dunn
Juvenile justice advocates say that if Gov. Pat Quinn plans to close state facilities, he should consider shuttering some of the state’s juvenile prisons, which they say are far below…
Closing Juvenile Prison Makes Sense
9/12/2011, Rockford Register Star (Rockford, Illinois)
By Elizabeth Clarke, President of the Juvenile Justice Initiative
Gov. Pat Quinn’s plan to close some state facilities to address budget shortfalls will put pressure on legislators to find new money to avoid the cuts, but one of the cuts — the closing…
Sex Offender Legislation is Often More About Politics than Justice
9/1/2011, Illinois Issues
By Jamey Dunn
Unless you spend time in the state Capitol, you would likely never imagine that lawmakers spend a good portion of their time debating a single issue: sex offenders. A cursory search of the General…
There are Better Alternatives to Youth Detention
8/28/2011, Patriot News
By Daniel P. Elby, CEO of Alternative Rehabilitation Communities
The Pennsylvania juvenile justice system is based on the philosophy of balanced and restorative justice. Implementing this philosophy ensures that each county dedicates equal attention to the…
Why Juvenile Offenders Need ‘Aftercare’
8/25/2011, Daily Herald
By George Timberlake
The heart-wrenching Daily Herald series recounting the 2008 attack on Elgin High School teacher Carolyn Gilbert has taken its readers to places few of us can imagine and where none of us want to…
Fighting Gangs Together
8/25/2011, Renton Reporter
By Justice Bobbe Bridge
Gang violence seems to be everywhere today, even right here in our own suburban neighborhoods – and it’s mobile, moving across city borders. So, how can South and East King County…
King County’s Academic Awareness Awards Ceremony Recognizes Remarkable Turnarounds in Student Performance
8/23/2011
By Washington State Models for Change
The remarkable transformations of select King County students, from chronic truancy and failing grades to regular attendance and high achievement, were recognized at this year’s Academic…
Watchdog Monitors Transition of Illinois Juvenile Prisons from Punitive to Rehabilitative
8/19/2011
By Illinois Models for Change
SPRINGFIELD, IL -- Unless you work for the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice or you’ve been ordered to serve time as a juvenile, chances are you’ve never set foot inside any of the…
Editorial: Prison Not Only Choice for Justice
8/17/2011, The Alton Telegraph and The Jacksonville Courier-News (Illinois)
The tough-love approach to juvenile justice undertaken in the 1980s and ‘90s was designed to send a message to frighten would-be young criminals. You get caught, you go to jail. To an extent…
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn Signs Legislation Requiring Consideration of Community Treatment Before Incarceration in All Juvenile Cases
8/16/2011
By Illinois Models for Change
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Before sentencing a youth to time in a state prison, juvenile court judges in Illinois will soon be required to review several factors, including the youth’s mental…
Northwestern Prof Works to Give Convicted Teens Second Chances
7/21/2011, Chicago Tribune
By Melissa Harris
By the time Bernardine Dohrn drove more than 100 miles in her silver Buick with two lawyers to the Pontiac Correctional Center, a quarter-century had passed since Mark Clements began serving four…
Profile for Change: Mark D. Hassakis
7/19/2011
By Illinois Models for Change
Mark D. Hassakis, attorney from Mt. Vernon, Illinois, and past president of the Illinois State Bar Association. CHICAGO -- When elected a year ago as President of the Illinois State Bar…
Work Beats Prison: Redeploy Illinois Keeps Juveniles Out of Jail
6/30/2011, Illinois Times (Springfield, IL)
By Holly Dillemuth
Three Decatur teens watch as a cloud of sawdust erupts from power tools operated by their wood shop instructor, Jim Taylor, in a warehouse used by Macon County Probation. For two hours on Tuesdays…
Save Truant Youth Before They Get to Court
6/23/2011, Seattle Times
By Bobbe Bridge
EARLIER this month, the Washington Supreme Court reversed an appeals court ruling that truant students must be represented by attorneys at the earliest stage of truancy hearings. Many of us from…
Profile for Change: Judge Arthur Grim
6/17/2011
By Pennsylvania Models for Change
For more than 35 years, Judge Arthur Grim of Berks County Pennsylvania has been working hard to help kids find the path to successful adulthood. In 1975, Grim was a young graduate of Duquesne…
WA Praised for Efforts to Reduce School Dropout Rates
6/8/2011, Public News Services
By Chris Thomas
SEATTLE - While most students and parents are thinking about summer vacation, one nonprofit group already is looking ahead to the next school year - and how to keep more Washington youths from…
Redeploy Illinois Saving Millions and Changing Lives
6/3/2011
By Illinois Models for Change
CHICAGO – By helping counties offer comprehensive services to delinquent youth, the state of Illinois was able to save more than $9 million in 2010 by diverting 184 juveniles away from…
Awards Presented to Chicago News Media For Coverage of Juvenile Justice System
6/3/2011
By Illinois Models for Change
CHICAGO -- A Chicago radio station and magazine have received awards for news media excellence in recognition of their in-depth reporting about the Illinois juvenile justice system. The Chicago…
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…
Illinois Legislature Approves Bill Encouraging Local Treatment for Juveniles When in Best Interest of the Youth and Their Communities
5/25/2011
By Illinois Models for Change
SPRINGFIELD, IL -- The Illinois General Assembly has approved legislation directing juvenile court judges to consider whether treatment in a youth's community would be a better option than sentencing…
Speaker in Tri-Cities to Talk About Gangs
5/20/2011, KNDU
KENNEWICK, Wash. -- A nationally recognized speaker stopped in the Tri-Cities Friday to talk about gangs. More than 200 community leaders, including police officers, educators, and mental health…
Profile for Change: Arthur D. Bishop
5/18/2011
By Illinois Models for Change
Arthur D. Bishop Director, Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice For more than 35 years, social service has been a part of Arthur D. Bishop’s daily life. Bishop, the Director of the…
All-Sites Meeting Highlights Successes, Ramps Up Energy for Next Phase of Work
5/9/2011
By Washington State Models for Change
Twice yearly, the Center for Children & Youth Justice (CCYJ) hosts a Washington Models for Change (WA-MfC) All-Sites meeting, an all-day event wherein participants can share successes and ideas,…
Statistics Don't Tell Total Child Abuse Story
5/8/2011, The Patriot-News
By Jeanette Krebs
Recently the state released its annual report on child abuse. As Gov. Tom Corbett wrote in one of the first pages, the number of cases of substantiated child abuse reports declined to 14.9 percent…
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,…
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…
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…
New “Juvenile Justice 101” Program Provides Assistance to Washington Families
3/8/2011
By Washington State Models for Change
It’s a call that is frightening for any parent to receive: a probation screener is on the line, informing a mother or father that a child is in police detention. But now in Washington…
New Laws in Illinois Reform Juvenile Justice System and Provide Added Protections for Juveniles
1/4/2011
By Illinois Models for Change
Reforms aimed at improving the juvenile parole system and encouraging early delivery of mental health treatment and other services took effect in Illinois with the start of the new year, and the…
What if it Were Your Child?
1/1/2011, Illinois Bar Journal
By By Mark Hassikis, President of the Illinois State Bar Association, and Lisa Jacobs, Illinois Models for Change
What would the juvenile justice system look like if we knew our sons, daughters, and grandchildren would go through it? Remember the really stupid things you did as a teenager? If pressed, virtually…
Judge Honored for Juvenile Justice Reform
12/30/2010, West Side Leader
DOWNTOWN AKRON — The MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change initiative honored Summit County Juvenile Court Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio as a Champion for Change in juvenile justice…
Voice of Leadership Award Presented to Illinois Models for Change Leader
12/15/2010
By Illinois Models for Change
Pictured from left to right: Pamela F. Rodriguez, president of Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC); George W. Timberlake, Chair of the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission; and Colleen…
Rick Velasquez, Veteran Chicago Youth Justice Advocate, Honored as Champion for Change in Juvenile Justice Reform
12/6/2010
By Illinois Models for Change
CHICAGO – Rick Velasquez, executive director of Youth Outreach Services (YOS), is being honored by the MacArthur Foundation-supported Models for Change juvenile justice systems reform…
Champion for Change Honorable Linda Tucci Teodosio
12/1/2010, Models for Change
By Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Action Network
Judge, Summit County, Ohio Juvenile Court Read the complete 2010 Champions for Change program. Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio is a compassionate leader, who understands the need for accountability but…
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…
Illinois Makes Progress But Has Not Achieved the Juvenile Justice System Envisioned by Jane Addams
10/7/2010
By Illinois Models for Change
By the time the keynote speaker at the annual Jane Addams Symposium had finished explaining what is right and wrong about the juvenile justice system in America and in Illinois in particular, the…
Text of Julie L. Biehl's Keynote Address at the Jane Addams Hull House Association
9/16/2010
By Julie L. Biehl
Jane Addams Hull House Association Jane Addams Symposium Chicago, Illinois September 16, 2010 Keynote Address by Julie L. Biehl Director, Children & Family Justice Center Northwestern…
Illinois Juvenile Justice Reform Leader to Address International Conference
9/15/2010
By Illinois Models for Change
Elizabeth Clarke, founder and president of the Juvenile Justice Initiative (JJI) in Illinois, has accepted an invitation to address an international audience of juvenile justice reform advocates. In…
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…
Editorial: Recommit to Serving Troubled Teens
8/3/2010, The Daily Herald
It's been nearly a year since a 16-year-old boy took his own life inside a state youth prison in St. Charles. Nearly a year to look at what went wrong. Nearly a year for change to happen. We've…
ISBA President Will Work on Juvenile Justice Reform
7/22/2010, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
By Mark D. Hassakis
To the editor: The appointment last week of a new state juvenile justice chief — a veteran of the state's child welfare system — signals a new era in juvenile justice reform. Mr. Arthur…
Illinois Governor Quinn Signs “Sexting” Law
7/19/2010, Illinois Government News Network
By Kevin Lee
(Illinois Models for Change note: The Juvenile Justice Initiative and other Illinois Models for Change partners helped educate lawmakers about the need to revise sex offender laws and provide…
Illinois Governor Quinn Names Acting Juvenile Justice Director
7/16/2010, Office of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 16, 2010 Governor Quinn Names Acting Juvenile Justice Director Veteran Administrator, Child Welfare Expert Arthur Bishop to Lead Agency Merger with the Department of…
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…
Law Enforcement-Based Diversion: Helping Youth at a Critical Stage
6/28/2010
By Kathy Skowyra, Associate Director, Mental Health/Juvenile Justice Action Network
Young people in the juvenile justice system are experiencing mental health disorders at a rate that is three times that of youth who are not in the system. Studies have shown that the majority of…
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…
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…
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 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…
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…
Scandals Highlight the Need for Juvenile Justice Reform
3/4/2010, Illinois Issues
By Jamey Dunn
Just a few months ago, it looked as if the scandal surrounding the “Meritorious Good Time Push” prisoner-release program could cost Gov. Pat Quinn a win in the primary election. Under the…
Illinois Models for Change Leader Honored as Faculty Member of the Year at Loyola University Chicago
3/1/2010
By Illinois Models for Change
Diane Geraghty, a leader of the Illinois Models for Change, has been recognized as the 2009 Faculty Member of the Year at Loyola University Chicago. Geraghty is founder and director of the Loyola…
Illinois Governor Taps Models for Change Leaders to Help Shape Juvenile Justice Policy
2/24/2010
By Illinois Models for Change
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn recently reinvigorated the state’s Juvenile Justice Commission (IJJC) by naming 16 new members to the 25-member advisory group. Several of the new commission members…
New Chair of Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission Talks About Future of Reform in Illinois
2/24/2010
By Illinois Models for Change
Retired Judge George W. Timberlake, who is a member of the Illinois Models for Change Coordinating Council, recently was named Chair of the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission (IJJC). Timberlake…
Outreach Group Matches Homeless Teens With Adults
2/24/2010, WBBM-TV, Chicago
By Kristyn Hartman
CHICAGO -- It's tough enough growing up, but imagine having to find your way to adulthood homeless, and without a mom or dad. It happens to thousands of kids in Chicago each year. Would you be…
The 2010 CMHS National GAINS Center Conference
2/22/2010
Every two years, the National GAINS Center organizes a conference for mental health and criminal justice professionals, policymakers, consumers, family members, administrators, and researchers. The…
Chicago Public Radio Tells the Story of Life "Inside and Out" of the Juvenile Justice System
2/3/2010
By Illinois Models for Change
Chicago Public Radio station WBEZ-FM has begun a series of reports examining how young people get caught up in the juvenile justice system, their life inside juvenile prisons and what happens to them…
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…
SAMHSA Seeks Applicants for Juvenile Treatment Drug Courts Program
1/4/2010
By National Juvenile Defender Center
SAMHSA Seeks Applicants for Juvenile Treatment Drug Courts Program The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting…
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…
Re-Arrest Rate Lower for Illinois Juveniles Receiving Mental Health Treatment
11/18/2009
By Juvenile Justice Initiative
According to a project funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, 66 percent of youth involved in the juvenile justice system had a diagnosable psychiatric condition. The Mental Health…
Models for Change Mental Health Coordinator Named PA Juvenile Probation Supervisor of the Year
11/4/2009, Juvenile Court Judges' Commission
Mary Gaspari began her career with the Chester County Juvenile Probation Department in 1998 as a juvenile probation officer. From 2000 to 2003 she was the Balanced and Restorative Justice…
Two Systems Come Together in Illinois with a Common Goal of Helping Juveniles in Trouble
10/22/2009
By Illinois Models for Change
DuPage County, Illinois’ second largest county, is well known as an economic and political powerhouse. More recently, the county also is earning a reputation as a leader in the field of…
Saving young offenders is project's goal
10/21/2009, Sauk Valley Newspapers, Dixon and Sterling, Illinois
The criminal justice system in Ogle County is trying a new cooperative approach to discourage juvenile offenders from committing more crimes. The initiative is an effort by the Ogle County…
What is Working around Illinois
10/14/2009
By Lisa Jacobs
Models for Change is a national initiative funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to accelerate reform of juvenile justice systems across the country (www.modelsforchange.net).…
Unprecedented Agreement Reached to Assist Juveniles
10/13/2009
By Ogle County Juvenile Justice Council
OREGON, IL – Juveniles running into trouble with the law in Ogle County are finding law enforcement and probation officers coming to their assistance. Members of the Ogle County Juvenile…
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…
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…
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,…
Project Seeks Early Identification of Mental Health Needs of Youth in Contact with the Juvenile Justice System
7/2/2009
Our country’s juvenile justice system was designed to hold young people accountable for their behavior and provide individualized treatment, supervision, and rehabilitation to prevent future…
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…
Reducing the incarceration of youth of color in Berks County
5/13/2009
Reducing the incarceration of youth of color in Berks County through structured decision-making and community-based alternatives Models for Change support has assisted Berks County’s juvenile…
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…
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…
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