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New JJGPS.org Section Explores Challenges of Integration for Dual Status Youth and States Solutions
10/20/2014, JJGPS
By Staff
Only 5 States Fully Integrate Juvenile Justice and Child Protection Systems at the State Level The Juvenile Justice GPS (JJGPS - Geography, Policy, Practice & Statistics) site (JJGPS.org) …
Applications Encouraged for Support, Training and Assistance
10/10/2014, Models for Change
By Staff
Partnership between MacArthur Foundation and OJJDP creates opportunity for support, training and assistance at the state, regional and local level. Applications now encouraged. Apply for the…
Cities Further Juvenile Justice Reform through Information Sharing
10/7/2014, National League of Cities
By Laura Furr
Experts in the juvenile justice field and NLC are developing new resources to support effective information sharing among cities and partner agencies. Cities that effectively share information with…
Young Prisoners Given an Opportunity to Help Improve the Criminal Justice System
10/3/2014
By Illinois Models for Change
What do young people with experience in the juvenile justice system think needs to be done to improve the system? A prison watchdog group recently found answers to that question inside the walls…
Young Prisoners Given an Opportunity to Help Improve the Criminal Justice System
10/3/2014, Illinois Models for Change
By Jim Bray
What do young people with experience in the juvenile justice system think needs to be done to improve the system? A prison watchdog group recently found answers to that question inside the walls of…
National Association of Counties Calls for Abolition of Life Without Parole for Children
8/27/2014, NACo
By Staff
During its annual conference in New Orleans, the National Association of Counties (NACo) adopted more than 30 new policy positions to guide advocacy efforts. Included was the position that opposes…
Illinois Creates Independent Ombudsman Office to Protect Youth in Prison and on Aftercare
8/26/2014, Illinois Models for Change
By Staff
Illinois has joined a growing number of states with juvenile ombudsman programs intended to help protect the rights of youth in custody. “It is essential for the safety of our incarcerated…
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…
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…
Five Offenses Can Land Kids (But Not Adults) In Jail
3/24/2014, Rolling Stone
By Molly Knefel
Truancy, running away from home, and 'incorrigibility' can lead to kids getting locked up "Supporters of the U.S. criminal justice system often justify locking people up in jails and prisons by…
Kids Doing Time for What's Not a Crime: The Over-Incarceration of Status Offenders
3/18/2014, Texas Public Policy Foundation
By Report by Marc Levin and Derek Cohen
Check out this timeline outlining the history of the confinement status offenders. A new report from the Texas Public Policy Foundation offers an overview of the nation’s use of confinement…
Laurence Steinberg responds to Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper:" More systemic reforms needed
3/12/2014
By MfC Staff
If the President's initiative is to be successful, transformations are needed in social institutions such as the justice system. Laurence Steinberg supports interventions to improve life chances…
Lessons from "Kids for Cash," Part 5: Disruptions in Education Disrupt Lives
3/12/2014, Juvenile Law Center
By Blog
Kids for Cash, the movie The notorious juvenile court judge Mark Ciavarella regularly spoke at Luzerne County schools, telling students that he would lock them up for school-based misbehavior.…
More Harm Than Good: In Support of Eliminating the Use of Secure Confinement for Non-Delinquent Youth
3/11/2014, National Council on Crime and Delinquency Blog
By Marie N. Williams, JD, Coalition for Juvenile Justice Executive Director
Coalition for Juvenile Justice executive director Marie Williams makes the case for the elimination of the use of secure confinement for status offenders: "Research tells us that locked confinement…
After Decades of Spending, Youth of Color Still Overrepresented in System
3/7/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By MfC Staff
National Youth Screening & Assessment Project, with help from the National Juvenile Defender Center After 20 years and millions of dollars from OJJDP, youth of color are still overrepresented…
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…
Clark County Truancy Workshops Are a Success
8/1/2013
By Washington Models for Change
Youth don’t always understand that truancy is illegal—and neither do their parents. As part of its Clark County Models for Change (CCMfC) work, Clark County Juvenile Court and its…
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…
Reflections: Coalition for Juvenile Justice Annual Conference 2013
7/19/2013
By Models for Change Newsletter, Marie N. Williams, Esq.
July 2013, Full Newsletter Feature Story This year at the Coalition for Juvenile Justice Annual Conference, held in May in Washington, D.C., the work of Models for Change was well-represented…
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…
Gov. Bobby Jindal signs first bills of 2013 legislative session into law
5/24/2013
By Kim Cusimano, Louisiana Models for Change
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal signed three bills relative to juvenile justice into law yesterday. The bills were the first pieces of legislation to make it to the governor's desk and be approved during…
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…
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…
Louisiana poised to carry out detention standards and licensing
3/19/2013
By Kim Cusimano, Louisiana Models for Change
The Calcasieu Parish Office of Juvenile Justice Services serves as the Louisiana Models for Change project lead developing standards, implementing licensing criteria and training for detention…
Clark County Creates Ease and Efficiency in Juvenile Justice System
2/19/2013
By Washington Models for Change
Imagine you’re a case worker in the juvenile justice system and the de facto conduit among youths and their families, government agencies, court officials, schools, nonprofit programs, and…
Illinois Juvenile Justice Experts Discuss Solutions to Violence in Chicago
1/18/2013
By Illinois Models for Change
CHICAGO -- Even before the world was shocked by the killing of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, murders of schoolchildren already had become a crisis in…
Study recognizes Louisiana as leader in adopting evidence-based practices in dealing with delinquent or violet youth and their families
12/17/2012
By Louisiana, Models for Change
The Institute for Public Health and Justice and the MacArthur Foundation’s Louisiana Models for Change Program was named as key to state’s success by report’s lead author Some good…
Benton-Franklin Counties Creates Additional Reengagement Program to Meet Dropout Needs
12/13/2012
By Washington State, Models for Change
In 2013, Benton County is expected to see its highest graduation rate of reengaged students— those cited for truancy or at risk of dropping out. This success is the result of options like…
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…
Louisiana Models for Change Project Director Dr. Debra DePrato Receives Award from the State's Office of Juvenile Justice
11/6/2012
By Louisiana Models for Change
The Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice presented its 2012 Champion of Louisiana Juvenile Justice Award to Louisiana Models for Change Project Director Dr. Debra DePrato at the agency’s annual…
International Juvenile Justice Conference Told of Shift Away from Incarceration of Youth in USA
11/6/2012
By Illinois Models for Change
Elizabeth Clarke, the leader of a juvenile justice reform coalition in Illinois, told an international audience Tuesday of a trend away from mass incarceration of youth in the United States. In…
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…
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…
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…
Washington Models for Change Toolkit Sees 100% Success Rate in Implementation
8/28/2012
By Models for Change Washington
Washington Models for Change site coordinator Jennie Marshall in Spokane County recently released the site’s first toolkit, titled Spokane County Toolkit for Community Truancy Board…
Short Film Captures the Gravity of Truancy and the Need to Invest in Solutions that Work
8/20/2012
By Models for Change Washington
Truancy is a major issue in Washington state, and has been at the forefront of Washington Models for Change work since the program’s inception. Programs developed by Models for Change partners…
Louisiana Models for Change Grantees Participate in 32nd Annual Governor's Conference
8/20/2012
By LaNewslink.com
BATON ROUGE—The 32nd annual Louisiana Governor’s Conference on Juvenile Justice took place in Baton Rouge August 15-17. The conference served as a showcase platform for leading advocates…
Illinois 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…
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…
Models for Change Success: Redeploy Illinois
5/20/2012
By Lauren Jones
In high poverty and high crime cities like East St. Louis, Illinois, teenagers have many opportunities to make bad decisions, and second chances with positive outcomes can be rare. One of those…
Institute for Public Health and Justice Participates in 2012 Louisiana Families in Need of Services Association Conference
4/30/2012
By Louisiana Models for Change
The Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Institute for Public Health and Justice participated in the 2012 Louisiana Families in Need of Services Association Conference on April 26-27,…
Louisiana Models for Change Lead Entity Holds Juvenile Drug Court Conference and Training to Celebrate 4th JDC Juvenile Drug Court Model
4/30/2012
By Louisiana Models for Change
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Louisiana Models for Change lead entity—the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Institute for Public Health and…
Using Social Media to Advance Reform
4/20/2012
By Zerline Hughes, Justice Policy Institute
The traditional ways to communicate about our work– word of mouth, newsletter mailings, and ask letters— still do, in fact, get the job done. But with advancements in social media –…
Sustaining Models for Change Initiatives Through Pennsylvania’s Juvenile Justice System Enhancement Strategy
4/19/2012
By Pennsylvania Models for Change
Pennsylvania has a long history of working to improve its juvenile justice system through sustained leadership, strong partnerships at both the state and local levels, and cooperation with both…
Washington Native Communities Engaged for Juvenile Justice Reform – Cultural Enhancement Model Guides Work
4/19/2012
By Washington Models for Change
A new, collaborative effort out of the University of Washington (UW) is bringing evidence-based juvenile justice reform practices to Native American communities. The University of Washington…
White House Honors Illinois Models for Change Participant
4/17/2012
By Illinois Models for Change
"I have attended too many funerals where mothers bury their children because of gang violence. The painful, piercing cry of each mother is seared into my memory; each cry is similar and signifies the…
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 Adjudicated Youth
2/6/2012
By Louisiana Models for Change
Northshore Technical Community College in Greensburg, La., started a career development program in the fall of 2011 for adjudicated youth, youth found by a judge to have committed a violation of…
New Report Examines School-to-Prison Pipeline in Chicago and Recommends Alternatives
1/31/2012
By Illinois Models for Change
CHICAGO – Because public schools in Chicago too often rely on police arrests to resolve discipline problems, the schools have become the gateway for thousands of youth to enter the juvenile and…
Profile for Change: Dr. Mick Moore
1/27/2012
By Washington Models for Change
Dr. Mick Moore is a powerful voice for reform. He bridges the education and juvenile justice systems, leading interagency changes from the education side. As Assistant to the Superintendent for…
Landmark Study Offers Glimpse at Previously Ignored Youth Population
1/27/2012
By Washington State Models for Change
Landmark Study Offers Glimpse at Previously Ignored Youth Population Youth with Both Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice History Studied A study out of King County is the first of its kind in…
Latino Youth “Virtually Invisible” in the Illinois Juvenile Justice System Report Calls for Collecting Accurate Information
12/16/2011
By Illinois Models for Change
CHICAGO -- Latino youth comprise one of the fastest growing segments of Illinois’ population, but accurate statistical information about Latino youth in the state’s juvenile justice…
Illinois Report Recommends Extensive Changes to Reverse Juvenile Recidivism Trend
12/16/2011
By Illinois Models for Change
CHICAGO – While noting progress has been made on several reforms within the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), an Illinois state commission has issued a road map of additional…
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…
Collaboration for Reform
12/1/2011
By Tracy Velázquez, Justice Policy Institute
As the MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change initiative began to get underway in four core states, participants in the Initiative and Foundation leadership recognized a significant need: to…
Watchdog Reports Some Progress in Reform of Illinois Juvenile Prison System and Identifies Additional Steps Needed
11/28/2011
By Illinois Models for Change
In a year-end assessment of Illinois’ juvenile prison system, the state’s top independent prison watchdog reported the state has made some progress in making reforms inside the prisons…
Champion for Change Appointed to Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice
10/31/2011
By Illinois Models for Change
WASHINGTON, DC -- John B. “Ben” Roe, an Illinois prosecutor and juvenile justice reform advocate, has been appointed to the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice (FACJJ), which…
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…
Dropout Re-engagement Legislation Supports Statewide Replication of Washington Models for Change Project
10/21/2011
By Washington State Models for Change
A Washington Models for Change partner has created a program for dropout reengagement that has been adopted as a model for statewide implementation. PathNet: A Networked Reengagement System, is a…
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…
Evidence Based Practice and Cultural Competency
9/15/2011
By Zerline Hughes, Justice Policy Institute
As the juvenile justice field nationwide increasingly adopts the use of evidence-based practices, local practitioners are grappling with whether these programs are culturally appropriate for their…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Redeploy Illinois Saving Millions and Changing Lives
6/3/2011
By Illinois Models for Change
CHICAGO – By helping counties offer comprehensive services to delinquent youth, the state of Illinois was able to save more than $9 million in 2010 by diverting 184 juveniles away from…
Awards Presented to Chicago News Media For Coverage of Juvenile Justice System
6/3/2011
By Illinois Models for Change
CHICAGO -- A Chicago radio station and magazine have received awards for news media excellence in recognition of their in-depth reporting about the Illinois juvenile justice system. The Chicago…
Funding, Implementing Evidence-Based Practices
6/2/2011
By Zerline Hughes, Justice Policy Institute
Now more than ever, cash-strapped states are looking into ways to shave expenses. Nationally, there are 81,000 youth in juvenile facilities; 70 percent of these youth are held in state-funded,…
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…
Profile for Change: Arthur D. Bishop
5/18/2011
By Illinois Models for Change
Arthur D. Bishop Director, Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice For more than 35 years, social service has been a part of Arthur D. Bishop’s daily life. Bishop, the Director of the…
Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Catherine "Kitty" Kimball Addresses Joint Session of the Louisiana Legislature
5/16/2011
By Louisiana Models for Change
Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Catherine “Kitty” Kimball addressed the legislative joint session of the House and Senate on Tuesday, May 3, 2011. During her remarks, Kimball…
All-Sites Meeting Highlights Successes, Ramps Up Energy for Next Phase of Work
5/9/2011
By Washington State Models for Change
Twice yearly, the Center for Children & Youth Justice (CCYJ) hosts a Washington Models for Change (WA-MfC) All-Sites meeting, an all-day event wherein participants can share successes and ideas,…
This School Struggled With Detentions, So They Asked For Students' Help. Guess What? It's Working.
4/18/2011, UpWorthy
Models for Change video on peer juries in Illinois is featured on UpWorthy. A peer jury at Manual High School in Peoria, Illinois, has helped to dramatically reduce the number of teens entering…
Illinois State Bar Association Provides New Guide to Help Communities Reduce Juvenile Delinquency
4/5/2011
By Illinois Models for Change
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) is encouraging more citizens to get involved in juvenile justice reform in their communities and is offering a free booklet…
Louisiana Moves Full Steam Ahead in Coordinating Aid to At-Risk Youth
3/30/2011
By Louisiana Models for Change
Four state agencies in Louisiana are collaborating to improve aid for children with emotional and mental needs, with the goal of keeping more youth with behavior problems in their homes, as well as…
New “Juvenile Justice 101” Program Provides Assistance to Washington Families
3/8/2011
By Washington State Models for Change
It’s a call that is frightening for any parent to receive: a probation screener is on the line, informing a mother or father that a child is in police detention. But now in Washington…
Racing to Keep Children Out of Prison
2/14/2011
By Louisiana Models for Change
Sibil Fox Richardson ran her first marathon in New Orleans on Sunday, February 13. However, Richardson had a far more important message to deliver during her run: As the world leader in…
Dually Involved Youth Require a Coordinated Effort
1/25/2011
By Keith Wallington, Justice Policy Institute
Children that come into contact with both the juvenile justice and child welfare systems are classified in one of three ways depending on the jurisdiction, according to author John A. Tuell. These…
West Valley Community Truancy Board is Honored
1/14/2011
By Washington State Models for Change
In December 2010, the West Valley Community Truancy Board received the Community Award from the Washington State Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. The received the honor for…
Pre-adjudication Diversion Efforts Improve Juvenile Justice Outcomes in Pennsylvania
1/5/2011
By Amy Ruff, Lourdes Rosado, George Mosee and Michael Pennington
The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Committee (JJDPC) of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, which advises the Commission on the distribution of federal and state…
Louisiana's Top Juvenile Justice Official Sees Improvement at Youth Center
1/5/2011
By Louisiana Models for Change
Mary Livers, Deputy Secretary of the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice (OJJ), along with the director of Monroe's Swanson Center for Youth say conditions at the center continue to improve, despite…
New Laws in Illinois Reform Juvenile Justice System and Provide Added Protections for Juveniles
1/4/2011
By Illinois Models for Change
Reforms aimed at improving the juvenile parole system and encouraging early delivery of mental health treatment and other services took effect in Illinois with the start of the new year, and the…
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…
Jetson Center for Youth Shows Off Its Reformed Ways
11/10/2010
By Louisiana Models for Change
Several years ago, a common sight at Jetson Center for Youth was shackled and handcuffed teenagers clad in orange jumpsuits shuffling across the prison campus under the watchful eyes of uniformed…
Expansion of Balanced and Restorative Justice Welcomed by Peoria, Illinois
11/8/2010
By Illinois Models for Change
PEORIA, IL -- After establishing a successful track record of resolving behavior problems in Peoria schools through the use of Balanced and Restorative Justice principles, a similar approach is being…
Building Awareness, Preparing for Change
11/5/2010
By Daveda Russell
Washington’s Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration (JRA) is committed to addressing disproportionate minority contact across Washington state. The Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) team,…
Profile for Change: Damon Baldone
11/3/2010
By Louisiana Models for Change
Louisiana District 53 State Representative Damon Baldone from Houma, Louisiana As a Louisiana state representative, Baldone has garnered a reputation for handling tough issues related to crime…
Illinois Makes Progress But Has Not Achieved the Juvenile Justice System Envisioned by Jane Addams
10/7/2010
By Illinois Models for Change
By the time the keynote speaker at the annual Jane Addams Symposium had finished explaining what is right and wrong about the juvenile justice system in America and in Illinois in particular, the…
Profile for Change: Patricia Torbet
10/7/2010
The juvenile justice community honors the life and work of Pat Torbet, Dec. 7, 1951-Sept. 23, 2011 In her role as a Senior Researcher at the National Center for Juvenile Justice, Pat…
What “Sustainability” Means for Juvenile Justice Reform
9/23/2010
By Jason Szanyi, Skadden Fellow, Center for Children's Law and Policy
What “Sustainability” Means for Juvenile Justice Reform Innovative Strategies to Make Reforms Last in the DMC Action Network When the MacArthur Foundation launched the Disproportionate…
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…
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…
NCLR Highlights Juvenile Justice at its 2010 Annual Conference
8/11/2010
By The National Council of La Raza
The National Council of La Raza (NCLR)—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—presented two juvenile justice workshops and held a…
Juvenile Detention Reform Helping to Ease Overcrowding
8/6/2010
By Louisiana Models for Change
In Shreveport, Louisiana, Caddo Juvenile Detention Center's small cell blocks are reserved mostly for teens charged with armed robbery, sex crimes and other violent felony offenses. Despite a…
Reforming Juvenile Justice in Pennsylvania
8/3/2010
By John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
An innovative new approach to juvenile justice reform in Berks County, Pennsylvania, is helping to improve community safety while reducing the number of young people in secure detention and…
Latino Leaders Engaged
6/29/2010
By Washington State Models for Change
Latino leaders in Benton and Franklin counties are aligning and strategizing for change. As a follow up to their initial meeting in late May, local Latino leaders have agreed to continue meeting to…
Fast Forward Call Center Funded
6/29/2010
By Washington State Models for Change
Benton and Franklin counties received fantastic news in support of their truancy efforts. The Eastern Washington Models for Change site recently learned that United Way has awarded over 65% of the…
Law Enforcement-Based Diversion: Helping Youth at a Critical Stage
6/28/2010
By Kathy Skowyra, Associate Director, Mental Health/Juvenile Justice Action Network
Young people in the juvenile justice system are experiencing mental health disorders at a rate that is three times that of youth who are not in the system. Studies have shown that the majority of…
Juvenile Detention Standards Bill Hits Governor's Desk
6/18/2010
By Louisiana Models for Change
A major, long-awaited step in reform of Louisiana's juvenile justice system is now an imminent reality. The Senate voted unanimously in late June to pass Rep. Damon Baldone's House Bill 1477, which…
Semi-Annual Juvenile Probation Manager Conference
5/27/2010
By Washington State Models for Change
In order to create a body of support for probation managers from across the state, court officials in Washington State hold a semi-annual Juvenile Probation Manager Conference. The goal of the…
National Juvenile Justice Network to present Jefferson Parish's Children and Youth Planning Board with Award for Leadership in Juvenile Justice Reform
5/20/2010
By Louisiana Models for Change
The National Juvenile Justice Network will present the Jefferson Parish Children and Youth Planning Board with its Award for Leadership in Juvenile Justice Reform. This is the inaugural year for the…
Bryan Stevenson on Juveniles Sentenced to Life Without Parole
5/17/2010
By John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on May 17, 2010, that juveniles may not be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for a non-homicide. Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of…
Our Kids: Our Business. A Unique Call to Action in Spokane County
4/27/2010
By Washington State Models for Change
The symbol of Our Kids: Our Business is the pinwheel. To recognize this event, every April thousands of pinwheels are planted around the community and signs are posted as a reminder of the importance…
Spokane County Juvenile Court and West Valley School District Truancy Collaboration
4/27/2010
By Washington State Models for Change
When students are not in school they cannot learn. Their futures are extremely limited. This is illustrated by the fact that 60% of the inmates in our jail system are dropouts. Juvenile Court placed…
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…
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…
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…
National Symposium Highlights Juvenile Indigent Defense
3/9/2010
By Rey Banks, National Juvenile Defender Center
The juvenile defense agenda was squarely and resolutely placed on the indigent defense landscape at the 2010 National Symposium on Indigent Defense hosted by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and the…
New Data on Sanctions and Services Supports the Use of Non-Institutional Alternatives
3/9/2010
By LaWanda Johnson
Does placing youth who commit offenses in expensive, out-of-home placements improve their chances of not reoffending? New preliminary data from the Pathways to Desistance study reported by the…
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…
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…
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…
Models for Change Forum Focuses on Aftercare for Juveniles
1/28/2010
By Pennsylvania Models for Change
The fifth annual Aftercare Forum training was held December 3rd and 4th at the Days Inn at State College, PA. The forum, which was focused on highlighting the ongoing work of the Models for Change…
Jefferson Parish Juvenile Court Leads Way With Children and Youth Planning Board
1/22/2010
By Louisiana Models for Change
In October 2006, after being selected as one of the first MacArthur Foundation Louisiana grant sites, the Jefferson Parish Children and Youth Planning Board formed working committees designed to meet…
Rapides Parish - Structured Decision Making Tools for Better Alternatives
1/22/2010
By Louisiana Models for Change
Judge Patricia Koch and other judges of the 9th Judicial District Court are active partners in communitywide reform made possible with the financial support of the MacArthur Foundation's Models for…
Interbranch Commission on Juvenile Justice - Testimony of Robert Schwartz, Executive Director, Juvenile Law Center
1/21/2010
By Pennsylvania Models for Change
Judge Cleland and Members of the Commission: Thank you for inviting me to share Juvenile Law Center’s views on the Luzerne County juvenile court scandal and its implications for Pennsylvania…
Juvenile Justice Reform Initiatives Taking Place Across Louisiana
1/15/2010
By Louisiana Models for Change (courtesy of Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Catherine D. Kimball)
I applaud the member judges of the Louisiana Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges for their active support and ongoing efforts to improve and reform Louisiana’s juvenile justice…
Conference Highlights Successes in Models for Change States
1/8/2010
By LaWanda Johnson
Hundreds of Models for Change representatives from sixteen states were on hand to highlight reform progress in their states and share experiences with peers during the 4th annual Models for Change…
Beyond the Classroom: Patricia Evans Koch, 9th District Court Judge
1/4/2010
By Louisiana Models for Change
Taken from Alexandria, Louisiana newspaper The Town Talk: Beyond the Classroom: Patricia Evans Koch, 9th District Court judge Patricia Evans Koch Age: 49 Native of: Desoto…
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…
Innovative Network Enacting Juvenile Indigent Defense Systemic Change, One State at a Time
12/1/2009
By LaWanda Johnson
In 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court held in In re Gault, that all children have due process rights, most notably a constitutional right to be represented by counsel in delinquency court proceedings. …
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…
Juvenile Justice Reform Progress in Spokane County
11/5/2009
By Washington State Models for Change
Models for Change staff in Washington is excited about the progress Spokane County is making with alternative options in juvenile justice. Through collaborated efforts, Spokane County has expanded…
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…
Lt. Gov. Tours High-Security Juvenile Detention Center
10/15/2009
By Louisiana Models for Change
Two of the six members of Louisiana's juvenile justice oversight panel took a tour Monday of a youth prison that has been hit with recent criticism that it's understaffed and overcrowded with…
Teen: Jetson changed his life
10/15/2009
By Louisiana Models for Change (courtesy of SANDY DAVIS)
A 16-year-old, Brodrick E., said Wednesday he would never have pictured himself singing in a choir. “I used to be thugging it out on the street,” he said. But his street life ended…
What is Working around Illinois
10/14/2009
By Lisa Jacobs
Models for Change is a national initiative funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to accelerate reform of juvenile justice systems across the country (www.modelsforchange.net).…
Using Balanced & Restorative Justice Effectively
10/14/2009
By Sally Wolf
Balanced and Restorative Justice (BARJ) is being used as a tool to resolve conflicts and hold youths accountable for their actions in a growing number of communities in Illinois. Word of their…
Berks County Attorney Recognized for Innovative Leadership in Juvenile Justice
10/9/2009
By Marie Roda
Joseph A. Guillama, Esq. recently received the Violence Prevention Roundtable of Berks County Distinguished Leadership Award for his work with minority youth in the criminal justice system. Mr.…
Council OKs New Therapeutic Facility
10/2/2009
By Louisiana Models for Change
The St. Landry Parish Council voted 12-1 Thursday, October 1, to allow the parish to become home to a new therapeutic juvenile center. The $20 million facility will be constructed near Opelousas,…
Gang Forum Task Force Meeting Yields High Turn Out
10/1/2009
By Washington Models for Change
The Models for Change staff in Benton/Franklin County in Washington State hosted a forum to address the local gang problem and the impact that this activity has on the community. The forum served as…
States Strategize to Keep Systemic Reform Efforts on Track
9/1/2009
By LaWanda Johnson
Community-based programs reduce the number of youth in secure placement, increase public safety and save taxpayers money. States can promote these alternative programs by changing their fiscal…
Models for Change Leaders Honored for Contributions to Justice for Children
8/20/2009
Diane Geraghty and Bernardine Dohrn Honored for Juvenile Justice Reform Contributions. Awards presented by Judge Patricia Macias of El Paso, TX, the 2008-2009 President of NCJFCJ. Two leaders in…
Reform Efforts Improving Mental Health Services and Coordination for Youth
8/18/2009
By Joe Cocozza
Solomon Moore’s article New York Times article illustrates the problems with using juvenile justice systems to meet the mental health needs of youth. Fortunately, there are growing efforts to…
The New Jersey Supreme Court Agrees -Right to Counsel for a Juvenile Attaches Early
8/10/2009
By Rey Cheatham Banks
The New Jersey Juvenile Indigent Defense Action Network (NJ JIDAN) team scored a major victory with the decision in In re P.M.P., in which the New Jersey Supreme Court held that the right to counsel…
TeamChild’s Indigent Defense Project: Improving Legal Representation for Youth
7/17/2009
By Washington Models for Change
The defense attorney plays a key role impacting the outcome of a youth’s court experience. The better trained an attorney is in juvenile proceedings, the stronger an advocate he or she will be…
Winston Peters Receives American Bar Association Juvenile Justice Award
7/6/2009
Winston Peters Winston A. Peters, a member of the Juvenile Indigent Defense Action Network in California, is being honored by the American Bar Association (ABA) for his advocacy and commitment to…
Project Seeks Early Identification of Mental Health Needs of Youth in Contact with the Juvenile Justice System
7/2/2009
Our country’s juvenile justice system was designed to hold young people accountable for their behavior and provide individualized treatment, supervision, and rehabilitation to prevent future…
Extraordinary Assessment Research Database supports juvenile justice reform and system improvements in Washington State
7/2/2009
By Washington Models for Change
To further reform and improve the system of juvenile offender assessment, tracking, and treatment in Washington state; Washington Models for Change state partner, the Administrative Office of the…
Juvenile Justice Improvements Approved by Illinois General Assembly
6/23/2009
By Illinois Models for Change
The Illinois General Assembly has approved two pieces of legislation aimed at improving the state’s juvenile justice system. Both bills are in line with the Models for Change core principles…
Visits to new Models for Change website increase threefold
5/28/2009
Since its launch in March, the new modelsforchange.net website has exposed greater numbers of viewers to the work of the initiative. More people are visiting the site, spending more time on it,…
Federal commitment offers welcomed support to local initiatives to promote racial and ethnic fairness
5/28/2009
By LaWanda Johnson
Acting Administrator of the OJJDP, Jeff Slowikowski, addresses DMC Action Network As local Models for Change demonstration sites show how juvenile justice systems can be more just for all youth,…
An early intervention success story
5/26/2009
By 16th Judicial District
Ms. Jennifer Smith* is a case manager for the school-based Prosecutor's Early Intervention Program (PEIP) in Louisiana's 16th Judicial District. The 16th JD has been working with the Models for…
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…
Illinois Gov. Quinn makes pilot Redeploy Illinois juvenile justice reform permanent program
5/4/2009
By Jim Bray
Redeploy Illinois, a pilot program to divert youths from incarceration in state facilities, will become a permanent state program and will have the ability to expand to counties throughout the…
New Pennsylvania project strives to break cycle of youth crime
3/10/2009
By Models for Change Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania has long been recognized as a progressive leader in juvenile justice reform, a reputation that led the John D. and Catharine T. MacArthur Foundation to select Pennsylvania as a flagship…
Functional Family Therapy services showing promising results in Pierce County, WA
3/10/2009
By Models for Change Washington
Research has shown that Functional Family Therapy (FFT) reduces felony crime. The Pierce County Juvenile Court, in partnership with the Pierce County Models for Change DMC Committee, has implemented…
Catherine Kimball named Chief Justice of Louisiana Supreme Court
2/2/2009
By Louisiana Models for Change
Justice Catherine “Kitty” Kimball recently became the chief justice of the high court in Louisiana. Kimball became the first female justice of the state Supreme Court in 1992. Justice…
Juncker honored for juvenile justice reform work in Louisiana
1/29/2009
By Models for Change Louisiana
Increasing use of evidence-based treatment in Jefferson Parish Roy Juncker, Director of the Jefferson Parish Department of Juvenile Services, was recognized Wednesday, January 28, 2009 by the…
Illinois expands community-based program for juvenile offenders
1/27/2009
By Juvenile Justice Initiative/Models for Change Illinois
Based on efforts of a broad coalition including Models for Change grantees and partners, the Illinois General Assembly passed legislation to expand a state program that supports community-based…
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…
2008 Update: Gathering Force
12/8/2008
By National Center for Juvenile Justice
Models for Change states and action networks are contributing to the gathering forces of significant juvenile justice reforms based in shared values, growing knowledge of what works, and a deep well…
Racial, ethnic disparities addressed in Berks County, PA
12/8/2008
By National Center for Juvenile Justice
Significant and imaginative work addressing racial and ethnic disparities at the local level Models for Change funding, coordination and expert assistance have enabled a coalition of juvenile…
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…
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