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Champion for Change Jason Szanyi
12/14/2015, Models for Change
By Next Generation
We Want Another Jason Director of Institutional Reform, Center for Children’s Law and Policy Read the complete 2014 Champions for Change program. When he graduated from Harvard Law School…
Editorial: Springfield's secret to criminal justice reform — compromise
6/16/2015, Chicago Sun-Times
People who work with troubled kids will tell you that it does no good to put a child as young as 10 in a county detention facility. Talk about setting the kid up for even more trouble.
Illinois law would change process for juvenile offenders
6/12/2015, Associated Press
CHICAGO (AP) — A measure approved by the Illinois Legislature and awaiting Gov. Bruce Rauner's decision would end automatic transfers to adult court for 15-year-olds and limit the transfer of…
Illinois Prison Overcrowding and Costs Prompt New, “Smart” Approaches to Offenders
6/10/2015, Reboot Illinois
By Esther Franco-Payne
Thanks to concerns about the expense of prison overcrowding in Illinois but also due to increased understanding of effective approaches to reduce recidivism and to keep juveniles away from prison,…
OP-ED: Justice Foiled by Ignorance of Trauma
6/10/2015, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Judge George Timberlake, Ret.
Our court systems, both child welfare and juvenile delinquency, must learn what science can teach us and use that knowledge every day in every case, no matter what the circumstances.
Legislature OKs Bill to Keep More Juvenile Offenders Out of Adult Court
6/1/2015, Chicago Tribune
Illinois' latest effort toward criminal justice reform has been heralded as a return to the state's roots as a pioneer in the treatment of juvenile offenders.
Judges Should Decide Where Teens Stand Trial
3/31/2015, Chicago Sun-Times
In juvenile courtrooms today, much of a judge’s time is spent trying to find out what’s going wrong and right in a child’s life and finding ways to change behaviors. Juvenile court…
Rauner's juvenile justice team vows retooling to keep kids out of jail
3/20/2015, Chicago Tribune
CHICAGO — Gov. Bruce Rauner's Department of Juvenile Justice says it will retool efforts to keep low-risk juvenile offenders out of state facilities and help those who are incarcerated…
Rauner's juvenile justice team vows retooling to keep kids out of jail
3/20/2015, Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice
CHICAGO — Governor Bruce Rauner joined the Director of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ), Candice Jones, at an event to unveil the Department’s operational plan to reduce…
OP-ED: We Must Advocate for Juvenile Defense Attorneys
3/5/2015, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Judge George Timberlake, Ret.
"We need to advocate for juvenile defense attorneys in those arenas that can supply the support needed — to state legislators, governors, county boards and court systems... We must have…
OP-ED: Time to Take Closer Look at Race in Juvenile Justice System
2/23/2015, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Carmen Daugherty
The latest data from the U.S. Department of Justice showed that the rate of youth in confinement dropped 41 percent between 2001 and 2011. Cause to celebrate? Yes and no. Despite the remarkable…
Cook County Juvenile Justice System Leaders Pledge Support for Rehabilitation Over Incarceration
CHICAGO – An unprecedented partnership of community groups and government leaders today announced their commitment to a set of principles to improve the Cook County juvenile justice system with…
OP-ED: Judges’ Involvement in Juvenile Justice Meetings Is Booster Shot
2/5/2015, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
If you ever want to get the attention — and attendance — of all players in a judicial system, ask a judge to invite them to a meeting. It’s American democracy’s equivalent of…
Young Criminals, Old Practices: Reforming the Juvenile Justice System
2/3/2015, Times Free Press
By Claire Wiseman
States across the nation have spent the last 15 years slashing the number of juveniles in state-run justice facilities, either by sending them instead to local or county programs or by closing state…
Juvenile and Criminal Justice Experts ‘Very Pleased’ with Gov. Rauner Appointments
1/31/2015, The Chicago Bureau
By Evelyn Wang
Juvenile justice reformers loudly applauded three of new Illinois governor Bruce Rauner’s staff and board appointments, which experts say hint at his real commitment to overhauling a criminal…
Interactive Information Sharing Tool Kit Now Available Online
1/20/2015, Juvenile Law Center and Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice
By Staff
The Information Sharing Tool Kit, which was originally developed in 2008 to help facilitate reforms in Models for Change sites, has been updated and placed online. This interactive website will…
Editorial: Juvenile Justice Gets a Boost in Illinois
1/13/2015, Chicago Sun-Times
By Editorial Board
When it comes to issues of juvenile justice in Illinois, Gov. Bruce Rauner is off to a laudable start. The new governor has made a good decision in appointing Candice Jones to another term as…
Cook County Board President Preckwinkle taking lead in juvenile justice reform
12/13/2014, Chicago Sun-Times
By Mark Brown
Probably the most significant way that Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle continues to distinguish herself from her political brethren is by challenging the get tough law-and-order…
OP-ED: Time to Talk to the New Politicians and Save Some Lives
12/3/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
What do state politics have to do with juvenile justice? Just about everything. Few political campaigns mention kids in conflict with the law, and those campaigns that make those kids an issue do…
U.S. in poor company on children’s rights
11/18/2014, Chicago Sun-Times
By Elizabeth Clarke
Over a century ago, the United States led the world in extending rights to children by creating the world’s first juvenile court. More than 100 years later, the U.S. lags behind the world as…
OP-ED: Book Clubs Are Next Logical Step
11/6/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
Let’s start a book club! OK, I’m not Oprah but let me explain what book clubs have to do with juvenile justice reform. In just the last 15 years, the field of juvenile justice has…
OP-ED: Automatic Transfer Negates Justice for All Our Children
10/23/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Elizabeth Clarke, President, Juvenile Justice Initiative
In a sobering decision, the Illinois Supreme Court recently upheld the automatic adult prosecution of a 15-year-old who was living in a state residential home due to long-standing neglect by his…
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…
Young Prisoners Given an Opportunity to Help Improve the Criminal Justice System
By Illinois Models for Change
What do young people with experience in the juvenile justice system think needs to be done to improve the system? A prison watchdog group recently found answers to that question inside the walls…
OP-ED: Federal Leadership Moving in Right Direction with New Grants
9/24/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Marc Schindler
The renewal of an important public-private collaboration between the Office of Justice Programs and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is a major accomplishment for the juvenile…
Office of Justice Programs, MacArthur Foundation Renew Partnership With $2 Million Commitment to Advance Juvenile Justice Reform
9/23/2014, Office of Justice Programs
By Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Office of Justice Programs WASHINGTON– In a renewed private-public partnership, the Office of Justice Programs’ Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency…
Center for Children’s Law and Policy Launches Expands Project to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Juvenile Justice
9/23/2014, CCLP
By Tiana Davis
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Washington, DC – The Center for Children’s Law and Policy (CCLP) begins a nationwide search for two local jurisdictions to engage in a newly expanded effort to…
OJJDP Should Strengthen DMC Requirement: Report
9/16/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Gary Gately
States face no real federal pressure to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system, a new report says. The report by the National Research Council of the National Academy of…
OP-ED: Reflections on Justice After Ferguson, MO: When Will Youth of Color Receive the Same Due Process as Officer Darren Wilson?
9/2/2014, Huffington Post
By Marsha Levick, Mae C. Quinn
It's been several weeks since Michael Brown was shot by Officer Darren Wilson. The investigation and grand jury proceedings continue as community members in Ferguson, MO and supporters around the…
Restorative Justice: Stats Pointing to Racial Bias in Expulsions and Suspensions Spur a New Look at School Discipline
9/1/2014, Illinois Issues
By Brian Mackey
If a student happens to have been born black, he’s three times more likely to be suspended or expelled than his white classmates. That statistic comes from the U.S. Department of Education, and…
OP-ED: With Juveniles, Staff Training Matters More Than Race
8/29/2014, Chronicle of Social Change
By Marc Schindler
Would diversifying the police force have helped prevent the tragedy at Ferguson? There is some evidence that black police officers and white police officers behave in similar ways and that the…
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…
After Discrimination Finding, Jury's Out On Memphis Juvenile Courts
8/6/2014, NPR
By Carrie Johnson
For people connected to the Memphis juvenile courts, April 2012 is unforgettable. That's when federal investigators determined that the Shelby County juvenile court system discriminated against…
OP-ED: Restorative Justice Isn’t Fluff, It’s an Investment in the Future
7/9/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
The argument escalated during lunch in the cafeteria. The 15-year-old boy who threw the first punch made a loud comment about the 16-year-old’s tattoo and threw a hard right. The older boy went…
OP-ED: Counties Can Improve Juvenile Justice System Outcomes
7/7/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Chris Rodgers
Ever since I learned that a child’s reading level in third grade can be an indicator of his or her likelihood to be incarcerated as an adult, I’ve become increasingly determined that…
The Quiet Crisis in Native American Juvenile Justice
By Robert Winters, JD, Professor, School of Criminal Justice, Kaplan University
There is a crisis facing the criminal justice system serving Native American youth. The general public has no idea of the challenges facing this group, but when President Barack Obama convened the…
5 Exonerated in Central Park Jogger Case Agree to Settle Suit for $40 Million
6/19/2014, The New York Times
By Benjamin Weiser
The five men whose convictions in the brutal 1989 beating and rape of a female jogger in Central Park were later overturned have agreed to a settlement of about $40 million from New York City to…
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
By Illinois Models for Change
CHICAGO — Beginning in 2016, the Illinois State Police will begin once-per-year expungement of some juvenile arrest records from its database. The streamlining of the expungement process in…
The Makings of a Good Juvenile Probation Officer
6/4/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
When juvenile court judges across the nation make decisions in response to crimes committed by children, most often those children receive a sentence of probation, and the court relies upon the…
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…
Juvenile Justice Diversion for Tribal Youth
5/7/2014, NCMHJJ
By Staff
Through the support of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, four federally recognized tribes will have an opportunity…
Redeploy Illinois savings surpass $60 million by diverting more than 1,000 youth from prison
By Illinois Models for Change
Counties reduce juvenile prison commitments by 54 percent CHICAGO – A successful juvenile prison diversion program in Illinois has helped more than 1,232 youth receive rehabilitative services…
New Illinois Research Confirms 30-Year Trend of Poor Outcomes and Nearly Exclusive Impact on Minority Youth from Automatic Transfer to Adult Court
4/22/2014, Juvenile Justice Initiative
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 22, 2014 Contact: Elizabeth Clarke 847-894-4206 New Research Confirms 30-Year Trend of Poor Outcomes and Nearly Exclusive Impact on Minority Youth from Automatic…
Study: Minority Kids Hit Hardest By Illinois Law
4/22/2014, Associated Press
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – A 32-year-old Illinois law that requires juveniles accused of the most serious crimes to be charged as adults may be discriminatory, prevents judges from exercising…
Burns Institute Announces Interactive Maps Showing Disparities in Juvenile Justice
4/15/2014, W. Haywood Burns Institute
A new interactive map, Unbalanced Juvenile Justice, provides powerful graphics and data about racial and ethnic disparities in states and counties. With the ability to customize searches, compare…
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…
NCCD New Reports: Youth Incarceration Is Down, But Not for Youth of Color
By National Council on Crime and Delinquency
The National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) released the first two reports in a new series on the dramatic reduction of youth incarceration rates in most US states. The latest data from the…
OP-ED: For a Kid of Color, Unavoidable Contact With the Cops
4/7/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Alton Pitre
My first encounter with the police happened during my sophomore year in high school. I was leaving a childhood friend’s apartment with another friend when suddenly two Community Reform Against…
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’ 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…
Laurence Steinberg responds to Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper:" More systemic reforms needed
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…
Justice system is failing young black men
3/11/2014, CNN Opinion
By Laurence Steinberg
Last month, President Obama announced a new initiative, My Brother's Keeper, which aims to improve the life chances of young black men. It's an important effort designed to help one of American…
After Decades of Spending, Youth of Color Still Overrepresented in System
3/7/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By MfC Staff
National Youth Screening & Assessment Project, with help from the National Juvenile Defender Center After 20 years and millions of dollars from OJJDP, youth of color are still overrepresented…
OP-ED: You can’t Talk About Justice Without Talking About Race
3/5/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
Attempts at reducing disproportionate minority contact (DMC) and disparate treatment of racial and ethnic youth in the justice systems of our country have not made much progress. Advocates,…
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…
Tribal juvenile justice outdated
1/25/2014, The Durango Herald
By Jim Trotter
A 1938 law sweeps Native American and Alaska Native youths into the federal criminal justice system when they commit anything beyond misdemeanor crimes. Although Native Americans make up little more…
A Q&A With Mariame Kaba: Can the U.S. Snap School-to-Prison Pipeline with New Rules?
1/16/2014, The Chicago Bureau
Mariame Kaba is the founding director of Project NIA, a Chicago-based nonprofit that supports youth involved in the criminal justice system with a mission to eradicate the incarceration of minors.… Website Helps Teens Move Past Their Juvenile Arrests
1/15/2014, DNAinfo Chicago
By Darryl Holliday
CHICAGO — Thousands of teens are arrested each year, but relatively few take advantage of a little-known legal process that can help them transition into adulthood after juvenile court.
Prosecutor supports recent change in juvenile law
1/9/2014, State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
By Chris Dettro
The new state law that classifies 17-year-olds charged with some felonies as juveniles rather than adults won’t have much effect on the Sangamon County justice system.
Trauma and Triumph in Family Court
1/8/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
This is a story of complex family relations and problems and one that exemplifies the challenges, as well as the benefits, of engaging families in changing juvenile behaviors... While this family's…
17-Year-Olds Accused of Felonies to be Treated as Juveniles
By Erin Meyer
COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — The New Year will bring new chances for young people charged with felonies in Illinois.
LookBack: Local Juvenile Justice Reformer Awarded as “Gutsy Youth Advocate of the Year”
12/27/2013, The Chicago Bureau
By La Risa Lynch
Reviewing the year, The Chicago Bureau, based at Northwestern University’s Medill School, didn’t have to look far for someone who stood out in the eyes of national groups for their work…
Some juveniles will get new start
12/24/2013, Southern Illinoisan
By Nick Mariano
The new year might represent a fresh start for many, but for some juveniles in six Southern Illinois counties, Jan. 1 could prove to be life altering.
OP-ED: U.S. Must Increase Juvenile Justice Protections for Children
12/9/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Elizabeth Clarke
Chicago, my hometown, was the home of the world’s first juvenile court. We are very proud of our history in the pioneering of a separate and more rehabilitative court for children in the United…
OP-ED: Holidays in the Juvenile Justice System
12/4/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
My wife, Mary Jo, and I were snowbound in Michigan while working on a building project so we lost Thanksgiving with our families in southern Illinois. Missing a holiday with the dozens of brothers,…
Seeing the toll, schools revise zero tolerance
12/2/2013, New York Times
By Lizette Alvarez
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Faced with mounting evidence that get-tough policies in schools are leading to arrest records, low academic achievement and high dropout rates that especially affect…
Justice Anne Burke Calls for Changing How Courts Punish Kids With Guns
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.
Officials investigating juvenile court system
11/19/2013, Columbia Daily Tribune
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating St. Louis County Family Court's compliance with federal civil rights laws and whether its juvenile court system engages in a…
Racial disparities in juvenile justice system addressed
11/14/2013, The Middletown Press
By Alex Gecan
MIDDLETOWN To illustrate the stark racial disparities in the state’s juvenile justice system, think about this: While non-white kids make up 57 percent of the patients at Riverview Hospital, a…
Va. justice system headed for crisis
11/14/2013, Richmond Times-Dispatch
By Frank Green
Virginia’s justice system is too expensive, ineffective, unfair and headed for a crisis, according to a policy brief released Wednesday by the Justice Policy Institute. The institute's study…
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…
Achieving Better Outcomes for Youth of Color Through JJDPA
10/29/2013, Spark Action
By Anna Wong
Addressing disproportionate minority contact (DMC) is one of the four core requirements of the Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention Act (JJDPA), which says: “States are required to…
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…
Konrad retiring from juvenile justice system
9/4/2013, The Advocate
By Chad Calder
Sitting in an office full of photos, books and awards that will need to be packed in boxes during the next two months, retiring Jefferson Parish Juvenile Court Judge Nancy Amato Konrad is quick to…
Much progress in Illinois and US to cut youth incarceration
8/30/2013, Elgin (IL) Courier-News
By Sarah Bryer, Director, National Juvenile Justice Network, and Elizabeth Clarke, President, Juvenile Justice Initiative
In state legislatures across the country, a new mentality on youth incarceration is emerging, dramatically reversing a troubling trend while also benefiting kids, saving taxpayer money and keeping…
New Federal Act Seen as ‘First Step’ in Reducing Prison Rape, Especially Among Young
8/23/2013, The Chicago Bureau
By Susan Du
Earlier this week, prisons nationwide were expected to launch new staffing models, education programs, psychological screening exams and incident reporting mechanisms to address high incidences of…
Real juvenile justice reform needs more than just good ideas
8/23/2013, Youth Today
By John Lash
Real change takes more than just ideas, it requires sustained and supported implementation of those ideas, and a willingness to make course corrections based on new data. It also requires that the…
Illinois Lawyer Wins National Recognition As "Gutsy Youth Advocate" Of The Year
8/21/2013, National Juvenile Justice Network
(Washington, DC) -- Elizabeth “Betsy” Clarke, president of the Illinois-based Juvenile Justice Initiative, was recognized recently for her tenacious work on behalf of young people in…
MacArthur Expands Investment in Juvenile Justice Reform to $165 Million, Launches Resource Centers to Advance Reform and Improve Outcomes for Youth
Resource Center Partnership seeks to continue the wave of juvenile justice reform in U.S. by helping practitioners, policymakers tackle issues central to improving outcomes for kids and…
Illinois Creates Action Plan to Combat Sexual Victimization of Youth in Prison
By Illinois Models for Change
CHICAGO – A federal study of sexual victimization of youth in juvenile facilities has prompted the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) to create an action plan that includes…
OP-ED: Wise Spending Leads to Effective Solutions
8/8/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
A recent conversation with a group of friends reminded me that discussions about money are complicated and can move easily from discussion to heated argument. I said that more public funds should be…
Study: Chicago's One Summer Plus Youth Employment Program Cuts Violent Crime Arrests in Half
8/6/2013, City of Chicago, Mayor's Press Office
CHICAGO -- At-risk youth who participated in the 2012 One Summer Plus program experienced a 51 percent drop in arrests for violent crime, according to new study released from the University of…
Expedited Appeals of Juvenile Cases to Improve Fairness of System in Illinois
By Illinois Models for Change
SPRINGFIELD, IL – By order of the Illinois Supreme Court, appeals of juvenile delinquency cases are being expedited, and proponents of the new rule believe it will further the goal of…
Locking up juveniles may plant seeds of more crime
7/17/2013, Chicago Tribune
By Mary Schmich
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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…
Cruel, Unusual, and a Matter of Law in Illinois
6/5/2013, The Atlantic
By Paige Sutherland, Bryan Lowry, and Ananth Baliga
The one-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision to outlaw juvenile mandatory life sentencing without parole is coming up fast, yet Illinois is no closer to being in compliance.
Prevent crime by giving children the right start
5/23/2013, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
By St. Clair County (IL) State's Attorney Brendan Kelly
There is a growing consensus among law enforcement that we need to be doing much more on the front end to prevent crime on the back end. That’s why my office has created a Children’s…
Editorial: Fighting crime the smart way
5/22/2013, Chicago Sun-Times
As recently as three years ago, more than 1,300 young people were locked up in juvenile prisons in Illinois, costing the state a small fortune, from $88,000 to $98,000 per inmate. Now, thanks in…
Voice of the Reader: Redeploy Illinois needs support
5/21/2013, Southern Illinoisan (Carbondale)
By Union County (IL) State's Attorney Tyler Edmonds
My law enforcement colleagues do a good job addressing juvenile crime and making sure offending juveniles are taken off the streets. But we continually arrest and prosecute the same kids and send…
Violence in the streets can start in the home
5/17/2013, WBEZ-FM (Chicago Public Radio)
By Adriana Cardona-Maguigad
CHICAGO -- Ubaldina is a mother of six, who works the night shift at a packing company so she can be there when her kids come home from school. She’s raising her kids alone now. She said her…
Two Major Juvenile Justice Bills Passed in Illinois Senate
5/15/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By James Swift
On Tuesday, Illinois state senators passed two bills with potentially profound implications on the state’s juvenile justice system.
‘Math tutoring on steroids’ aims to help troubled Chicago teens, muscle out crime
5/12/2013, Chicago Sun-Times
By Frank Main
Math kills crime. That’s the result researchers expect from a program that combines “math tutoring on steroids” with sports-based mentoring for troubled teens in Chicago.
One Case Makes the Case for Community Based Services
5/8/2013, Youth Today
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
CHICAGO -- The national debate continues over the issues of guns and violence, but attention to the subject of mental health services and funding must not be lost. We cannot miss the opportunity to…
Editorial: State can be a leader in juvenile justice
5/7/2013, Chicago Sun-Times
In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that juveniles should not be sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole. But the court didn’t address two issues. What about juveniles who…
Juvenile Justice: Program in Illinois leaves some wondering whether the concept of fairness is being served
5/1/2013, Illinois Issues magazine
By Jamey Dunn
If a 17-year-old were caught stealing an iPod in Illinois, he or she would likely end up in the juvenile justice system. However, if the same teenager were caught stealing the newest iPhone, he or…
After Years of Slow Progress, Illinois Finds Traction In Efforts to Meet Needs of Mentally Ill Youth
5/1/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Ed Finkel and Dick Mendel
Early in 2000, after a groundbreaking study revealed epidemic levels of mental illness among detained youth in Cook County – plus a severe lack of counseling and treatment – the Illinois…
Raise the Age; Don't Split the Difference
4/3/2013, Youth Today
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
The MacArthur Foundation's new "Mistakes Kids Make" Internet-based campaign is a welcome and innovative way to educate the public of the wisdom of giving kids an opportunity to straighten out their…
Jefferson Parish Completes Probation Review and Converts Recommendations into Practice
By Kim Cusimano, Louisiana Models for Change
Louisiana Models for Change awarded a grant to the Jefferson Parish Department of Juvenile Services to conduct a comprehensive probation review and provide a list of recommendations to improve the…
Editorial: Raise age for charging youths as adults
3/25/2013, Chicago Sun-Times
In Illinois, a 17-year-old goof caught shoplifting a $150 iPod Touch, a misdemeanor theft, is charged as a juvenile. If the same 17-year-old goof steals a $400 iPhone, a felony theft, he is charged…
We are the System
3/6/2013, Youth Today
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
Since the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School late last year, there has been an abundance of suggested policy changes to keep children safe. They include armed guards in every school…
Children and Family Justice Center awarded 2013 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions
By Northwestern University
Video: The Children and Family Justice Center The extraordinary accomplishments of the Children and Family Justice Center were recognized by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, which…
Study Recommends Extending Illinois Juvenile Court Jurisdiction to Include 17-year-olds Charged with Felony Offenses
2/26/2013, Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Feb. 26, 2013 Recommendation: To promote a juvenile justice system focused on public safety, youth rehabilitation, fairness, and fiscal responsibility, Illinois should…
Truancy Needs Early and Innovative Intervention
2/20/2013, Youth Today
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
Skipping school – perhaps that makes you think of adventures with high school friends just to test your independence. Four of my high school pals skipped school one beautiful spring day and…
Though controversial, prison reform a necessity
2/10/2013, Chicago Sun-Times
By Esther Franco-Payne
Every discussion of state government today revolves around the public pension funds stalemate, a crisis that has sucked the air out of the State Capitol. Yet, the wheels of state government keep…
A Rational Approach to School Safety and Student Performance
2/5/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
Debate is raging in communities across the country about the role of police in our nation’s schools. While the discussion is long overdue, too often the debate centers on the role and presence…
Why is it so hard to expunge juvenile records in Cook County?
2/4/2013, Chicago Public Radio
By Linda Paul
Thousands of kids get arrested each year at school in Chicago, and that might not be news to you. But what might be surprising are what can be long-term consequences of juvenile arrests, even for…
How many Chicago juvenile arrests happen at school?
2/4/2013, Chicago Public Radio
By Linda Paul
Tens of thousands of young people get arrested each year in Chicago, and a lot of those arrests happen on the grounds of Chicago Public Schools. Of course, arrests at school happen all across the…
Juvenile Justice Sees Progress
12/27/2012, The Advocate
By Justice Catherine Kimball
Juvenile justice sees progress Some good news about Louisiana’s success on the juvenile justice reform front was announced last week in the results of a nationwide study. While the news did…
Champion for Change: Lisa M. Garry
12/3/2012, Models for Change
By DMC Action Network
Lisa Garry Champion for Change award, annual conference 2012 JDAI/DMC, Maryland Department of Juvenile Services Read the complete 2012 Champions for Change program. Lisa Garry isn’t…
Redeploy Illinois Savings Pass $40 Million As State Officials Advocate Expansion
By Illinois Models for Change
SPRINGFIELD, IL – After seven successive years of experience reducing the number of youth committed to state incarceration, some state officials are convinced resources to support the Redeploy…
For the Newly-Elected Judge, a Different View of Juvenile Court
11/7/2012, Youth Today
By Judge George W. Timberlake, Ret.
Dozens of lawyers won their first elections as judges this month, and they will soon experience the sensation of viewing the courtroom from the other side of the bench and hearing the words…
International Juvenile Justice Conference Told of Shift Away from Incarceration of Youth in USA
By Illinois Models for Change
Elizabeth Clarke, the leader of a juvenile justice reform coalition in Illinois, told an international audience Tuesday of a trend away from mass incarceration of youth in the United States. In…
After the Violence, the Rest of Their Lives
11/4/2012, New York Times
By Erica Goode
CHICAGO — Xavier McElrath-Bey drives past the dilapidated houses, liquor stores and vacant lots in his old neighborhood and sees the landmarks of his youth.
Lawsuit Seeks Changes in Youth Parole Revocation Hearings in Illinois
By Illinois Models for Change
CHICAGO – Comparing parole revocations hearings in for youth in Illinois to “kangaroo courts,” a class action lawsuit filed recently in federal court has charged that the hearings…
Don’t play politics: Close underused youth prisons
10/28/2012, Chicago Sun-Times
By Stephanie Kollmann
Voters are rightly disinclined to blame state workers for Illinois’ fiscal woes. Still, it’s hard to imagine the economic moment when taxpayers would be sympathetic to a union that…
MacArthur Foundation's Models for Change Initiative Announces its Knowledge Brief Series
By Models for Change
The Knowledge Brief Series describes new knowledge emerging from the Models for Change initiative, a multi-state juvenile justice initiative. Models for Change is accelerating movement toward a more…
Thousands to Participate in National Youth Justice Awareness Month Activities throughout the Country
By Campaign for Youth Justice
Thousands to Participate in National Youth Justice Awareness Month Activities throughout the Country Twenty-eight Events in 20 States are designed to Raise Awareness around the Issue of Youth…
Campaign for Youth Justice Recognizes National Youth Justice Awareness Month
By Campaign for Youth Justice
During the month of October, thousands of people are participating in National Youth Justice Awareness Month (Y-JAM) activities throughout the country. The Campaign for Youth Justice (CFYJ) and…
Agreement Could Lead to Additional Improvements for Incarcerated Youth in Illinois
By Illinois Models for Change
CHICAGO – An agreement between the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ) and the ACLU of Illinois may avert a potential expensive and lengthy court battle and lead to improvements in…
llinois should close two juvenile prisons to save money
9/3/2012, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
By George W. Timberlake, Chair, Illinois Juvenle Justice Commission
With Gov. Pat Quinn and Illinois AFSCME locked in a protracted lawsuit over the governor's intention to close state prisons, the public debate often focuses on overcrowding in the state's adult…
Illinois Supreme Court: Even juveniles deserve strong legal defense
8/31/2012, Associated Press
By Christopher Will
SPRINGFIELD, IL -- Lawyers are supposed to win cases for their clients. Lawyers in the juvenile justice system want what's best for troubled children. And when the two impulses are in conflict, the…
Experts Say New Federal Rule Brings Hope for LGBTQ Youth in Custody
8/29/2012, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Christie Thompson
Given the high rate of torment suffered by LGBT youth in custody, activists applauded last week’s finalizing of a landmark law that took nine years to get from adoption to implementation.
Editorial: Justice for juveniles
8/22/2012, Chicago Sun-Times
Cook County’s juvenile justice center has made big strides in recent years. It’s cleaner and safer, its staff is more responsive and its school is more effective. But improvements…
Policy Experts Address the Challenges Facing LGBT Youth in Lockup
8/22/2012, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By James Swift
“Why are we focused on LGBTQI youth all of a sudden?” said Mykel Selph, director of the Office of Girls & Gender at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (JTDC) in…
Juvenile detention center population keeps falling; But reform work not finished, officials say
8/20/2012, Chicago Tribune
By Hal Dardick
CHICAGO -- Cook County has been able to reduce the number of teens locked up in its juvenile detention center, but there's still much to be done before the mission to reform the long-troubled…
Illinois Increases Efforts to Reduce Youth Recidivism
8/18/2012, NPR
By Illinois Models for Change
NPR's All Things Considered program recently reported on states reexamining how to "make sure kids who've committed a crime once don't end up in a juvenile facility again." Reporter Cheryl Corley's…
Illinois Summit Examines Ways to Help Youth Leaving Prison Succeed and End the Cycle of Prison Recidivism
By Illinois Models for Change
CHICAGO -- Nearly 100 youth service providers and justice reform advocates participated in a daylong summit discussing how to help move Illinois from a youth parole system that is punitive in nature…
Illinois Demonstration Project to Help Juvenile Offenders Make Successful Transition Back to Their Home Communities
7/24/2012, Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission on Tuesday announced the start of a demonstration project to reduce the recidivism and improve the outcomes of juvenile offenders. The…
Federal money to help Illinois to change troubling youth prison statistic
7/24/2012, WBEZ (Chicago Public Radio)
By Rob Wildeboer
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's Juvenile Justice Commission says 50 to 60 percent of the kids released from youth prisons end up going back within three years. It’s a troubling statistic, but the…
JJI Urges Congress to Ban Solitary Confinement of Juveniles
6/19/2012, Juvenile Justice Initiative
By Illinois Models for Change
JJI Urges Congress to Ban Solitary Confinement of Juveniles CHICAGO – The Juvenile Justice Initiative (JJI) of Illinois on Tuesday urged Congress to ban solitary confinement of…
6/10/2012, Chicago Sun-Times
By Julie Biehl
Q. What happens when a state responds to non-violent juvenile delinquents with a justice system that holds them accountable for their actions and delivers family counseling, addiction treatment and…
Sustaining Models for Change Initiatives Through Pennsylvania’s Juvenile Justice System Enhancement Strategy
By Pennsylvania Models for Change
Pennsylvania has a long history of working to improve its juvenile justice system through sustained leadership, strong partnerships at both the state and local levels, and cooperation with both…
Washington Native Communities Engaged for Juvenile Justice Reform – Cultural Enhancement Model Guides Work
By Washington Models for Change
A new, collaborative effort out of the University of Washington (UW) is bringing evidence-based juvenile justice reform practices to Native American communities. The University of Washington…
White House Honors Illinois Models for Change Participant
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…
Giving jailed juveniles a second chance at life
3/15/2012, Washington Post
By Marian Wright Edelman
Edwin Desamour was driving with his 3-year-old son in their Philadelphia neighborhood recently when the little boy looked up and said, “Daddy, look at the moon! I want to go there!” So…
Juvenile Shelter Now More Like Home
2/24/2012, Janesville Gazette
By Ann Marie Ames
It's still a long way from feeling like home. But recent renovations at the Rock County Youth Services Center are making things more comfortable for some kids court-ordered to stay in the center's…
New Report Examines School-to-Prison Pipeline in Chicago and Recommends Alternatives
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…
Department of Justice, MacArthur Foundation Provide $2 Million to Support Juvenile Justice Reform
By Department of Justice, MacArthur Foundation
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Office of Justice Programs (OJP) January 26, 2012 …
Editorial: Non-Violent Juveniles Should not be Locked Up
1/3/2012, Chicago Sun-Times
Illinois has long been a pioneer in juvenile justice, creating the nation’s first juvenile court as long ago as 1899. But in recent years, Illinois hasn’t looked so much like a pioneer…
Change Makers 2012: James Bell, W. Haywood Burns Institute
1/1/2012, San Francisco Chronicle
By Jessica Lum
Founder and executive director of the W. Haywood Burns Institute, James Bell is dedicated to examining and addressing the ethnic disparity in institutions such as the juvenile justice system. Bell…
New Illinois Law Will Require Judges To Consider Sentencing Juvenile Offenders To Treatment In Their Communities
12/20/2011, Juvenile Justice Initiative
CHICAGO – Beginning January 1, Illinois judges considering committing juvenile offenders to incarceration in a state juvenile prison must first ensure that commitment to the Department of…
Latino Youth “Virtually Invisible” in the Illinois Juvenile Justice System Report Calls for Collecting Accurate Information
By Illinois Models for Change
CHICAGO -- Latino youth comprise one of the fastest growing segments of Illinois’ population, but accurate statistical information about Latino youth in the state’s juvenile justice…
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…
Champion for Change Mark Masterson: Team Justice is on the job
12/6/2011, Models for Change
By DMC Action Network
Mark Masterson, 2011 Champion for Change Director, Sedgwick County Department of Corrections Read the complete 2011 Champions for Change program. Mark Masterson knows that disproportionate…
2011 Champions for Change
By Models for Change
Champions for Change are individuals working with Models for Change in their states who have positively affected the lives of justice-involved youth, their families, and communities in ways that…
Toni Irving, Governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Honored as Champion for Change in Juvenile Justice Reform
By Illinois Models for Change
Irving’s “Dogged Determination” Recognized at National Meeting of MacArthur-Supported Juvenile Justice Reform Initiative CHICAGO – Toni Irving, deputy chief of staff to…
Making Major Strides in Juvenile Justice Reform
By Models for Change
For Immediate Release December 5, 2011 Contact: Zerline Hughes, / 202-558-7974 ext. 308 Jason Fenster, / 202-558-7974 ext 306 WASHINGTON,…
Collaboration for Reform
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…
Champion for Change Appointed to Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice
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…
Editorial: Teen Alternatives to Jail Good for All
10/28/2011, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
It's not every day that a state legislature working to trim the budget could be making life much better for those on whom we traditionally have spent a lot of money. But that seems to be the case…
Editorial: Illinois Should Close at Least One Juvenile Prison
10/25/2011, The Pantagraph (Bloomington, IL)
Unlike their adult counterparts, Illinois’ juvenile prisons — with one exception — are at or below capacity. The state has been successful in diverting young offenders to other…
Seeking best in kids, officer named best in state
10/15/2011, Reading Eagle
By Holly Hermany
Berks County Chief Juvenile Probation Officer Robert N. Williams is humble about winning the 2011 Probation Officer of the Year Award. It's embarrassing," Williams said in his office on the 10th…
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…
Evidence Based Practice and Cultural Competency
By Zerline Hughes, Justice Policy Institute
As the juvenile justice field nationwide increasingly adopts the use of evidence-based practices, local practitioners are grappling with whether these programs are culturally appropriate for their…
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…
Profile for Change: Mark D. Hassakis
By Illinois Models for Change
Mark D. Hassakis, attorney from Mt. Vernon, Illinois, and past president of the Illinois State Bar Association. CHICAGO -- When elected a year ago as President of the Illinois State Bar…
Calcasieu Children and Youth Planning Board and Louisiana Models for Change launch innovative MARC center
By Louisiana Models for Change
Representatives from various juvenile justice agencies and statewide organizations were on hand in Lake Charles today as the ribbon was cut on the brand new Calcasieu Parish Multi-Agency Resource…
MacArthur Foundation director helps to unveil LSUHSC Institute for Public Health and Justice
By Louisiana Models for Change
Juvenile justice reform stakeholders from across the nation gathered at a recent John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation-sponsored meeting to hear the first public announcement regarding the…
Save Truant Youth Before They Get to Court
6/23/2011, Seattle Times
By Bobbe Bridge
EARLIER this month, the Washington Supreme Court reversed an appeals court ruling that truant students must be represented by attorneys at the earliest stage of truancy hearings. Many of us from…
Profile for Change: Judge Arthur Grim
By Pennsylvania Models for Change
For more than 35 years, Judge Arthur Grim of Berks County Pennsylvania has been working hard to help kids find the path to successful adulthood. In 1975, Grim was a young graduate of Duquesne…
Redeploy Illinois Saving Millions and Changing Lives
By Illinois Models for Change
CHICAGO – By helping counties offer comprehensive services to delinquent youth, the state of Illinois was able to save more than $9 million in 2010 by diverting 184 juveniles away from…
Without a Smoking Gun
5/2/2011, The Chicago Reporter
By Angela Caputo
Atreyu Spears fidgeted anxiously as he sat in the bullpen, a corner of the Cook County courthouse where detainees wait for the bailiff to walk them to the judge’s bench. The past 69 days had…
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…
Timberlake Honored for Work in Juvenile Justice System
12/20/2010, The Southern Illinoisan
George W. Timberlake of Mount Carmel, retired chief judge of the Second Judicial Circuit, has been honored for his dedication and accomplishments in improving the juvenile justice system in Illinois.…
Patricia Torbet Honored as Champion for Change in Juvenile Justice Reform
By Pennsylvania Models for Change
For Immediate Release Contact: Shannon Ensminger 717-699-2206 Patricia Torbet Honored as Champion for Change in Juvenile Justice Reform Pittsburgh, PA (December 8, 2010) – Patricia Torbet,…
Roy Juncker Honored as Champion for Change in Juvenile Justice Reform
By Louisiana Models for Change
For Immediate Release Contact: Elliot Hutchinson (225) 344-0381 December 7, 2010 Roy Juncker Honored as Champion for Change in Juvenile Justice Reform Will Be…
Rick Velasquez, Veteran Chicago Youth Justice Advocate, Honored as Champion for Change in Juvenile Justice Reform
By Illinois Models for Change
CHICAGO – Rick Velasquez, executive director of Youth Outreach Services (YOS), is being honored by the MacArthur Foundation-supported Models for Change juvenile justice systems reform…
Champion for Change Jason Witt
12/1/2010, Models for Change
By DMC Action Network
Deputy Director Rock County, Wisconsin Human Services Department Read the complete 2010 Champions for Change program. “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.” So…
Champion for Change Susan N. Dreyfus
12/1/2010, Models for Change
By Washington
Secretary, State of Washington Department of Social and Health Services Read the complete 2010 Champions for Change program. When she was appointed Secretary of Washington State’s…
Champion for Change Roy L. Juncker, Jr.
12/1/2010, Models for Change
By Louisiana
Director, Jefferson Parish. Louisiana Department of Juvenile Services Read the complete 2010 Champions for Change program. Roy Juncker, once the Chief of Police in the small Jefferson Parish city…
2010 Champions for Change
The Champions for Change recognizes one Models for Change leader or partner from each of the four core Models for Change states (Illinois, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Washington) and each of the Models…
Building Awareness, Preparing for Change
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,…
Berks County Evening Reporting Center Awarded Top State Honors
By Marie Yeager
Harrisburg, PA (November 4, 2010) – The Pennsylvania Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission named the Children’s Home of Reading Evening Reporting Center as the Community-Based Program…
Illinois Makes Progress But Has Not Achieved the Juvenile Justice System Envisioned by Jane Addams
By Illinois Models for Change
By the time the keynote speaker at the annual Jane Addams Symposium had finished explaining what is right and wrong about the juvenile justice system in America and in Illinois in particular, the…
Summit Addresses Juvenile Justice
9/30/2010, The News-Star
By Staci Parks
The goal to create a model juvenile drug court in the 4th District was a main topic of discussion Wednesday at the Joint Juvenile Justice Summit. District attorneys, judges, attorneys and probation…
What “Sustainability” Means for Juvenile Justice Reform
By Jason Szanyi, Skadden Fellow, Center for Children's Law and Policy
What “Sustainability” Means for Juvenile Justice Reform Innovative Strategies to Make Reforms Last in the DMC Action Network When the MacArthur Foundation launched the Disproportionate…
Resolutions by Consensus
9/21/2010, Peoria Journal
By Pam Adams
PEORIA, IL — Community peace conferences have already had an effect on Peoria police Sgt. Shawn Wetzel, and the program hasn't officially started yet. "Being in law enforcement 17 years, we've…
Jobs and Future Stalled by Records Thought Secret
9/16/2010, WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio
By Linda Paul
(Illinois Models for Change note: Legislation enacted this year in Illinois improved the process for those 18 and older to clear their records of a first offense misdemeanor as a juvenile, and it…
Text of Julie L. Biehl's Keynote Address at the Jane Addams Hull House Association
By Julie L. Biehl
Jane Addams Hull House Association Jane Addams Symposium Chicago, Illinois September 16, 2010 Keynote Address by Julie L. Biehl Director, Children & Family Justice Center Northwestern…
Juvenile Arrests Can Cast A Long Shadow
9/15/2010, WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio
By Linda Paul
(Illinois Models for Change note: Illinois enacted legislation, effective Jan. 1, 2010, prohibiting the transfer of confidential juvenile arrest records from the Department of State Police to the…
Stolen Futures - Seventeen
8/31/2010, The Chicago Reporter
By Angela Caputo
As police pinned Derrick Reed to the hood of a squad car, one thought raced through his mind: “Oh, man. I’m going to go away. I’m 17 now.” The East Garfield Park teen’s…
NCLR Highlights Juvenile Justice at its 2010 Annual Conference
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
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
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…
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…
Latino Leaders Engaged
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…
Ogle County Juvenile Diversion Programs See Success
5/15/2010, Freeport Journal-Standard
By Travis Morse
Oregon, Ill. — To Sherri Egan, Ogle County’s new emphasis on diversion programs for non-violent juvenile offenders, as opposed to incarceration, has had a positive impact on the community…
The Hard Labor of Reform: Despite Progress, Juvenile Justice Overhaul Still Lags Original Vision
4/26/2010, The News Star
By Matthew Hamilton
Louisiana's juvenile justice reformers put the fate of children above all else in their founding document. "The Legislature hereby finds and declares that the children and families of Louisiana are…
New NCLR Fact Sheet Shows Young Latinos Overrepresented in Juvenile Justice System and Adult Prison Facilities
By NCLR (National Council of La Raza)
Kids Killing kids
3/15/2010, Chicago Tribune
The lost boys look crisp in T-shirts and desert-tan dungarees. The black letters that spill down one leg of each trousers, "IDOC," mark Bill Bigeck and Eddie Morfin as wards of the Illinois…
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
By Illinois Models for Change
Diane Geraghty, a leader of the Illinois Models for Change, has been recognized as the 2009 Faculty Member of the Year at Loyola University Chicago. Geraghty is founder and director of the Loyola…
Outreach Group Matches Homeless Teens With Adults
2/24/2010, WBBM-TV, Chicago
By Kristyn Hartman
CHICAGO -- It's tough enough growing up, but imagine having to find your way to adulthood homeless, and without a mom or dad. It happens to thousands of kids in Chicago each year. Would you be…
Illinois Governor Taps Models for Change Leaders to Help Shape Juvenile Justice Policy
By Illinois Models for Change
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn recently reinvigorated the state’s Juvenile Justice Commission (IJJC) by naming 16 new members to the 25-member advisory group. Several of the new commission members…
New Chair of Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission Talks About Future of Reform in Illinois
By Illinois Models for Change
Retired Judge George W. Timberlake, who is a member of the Illinois Models for Change Coordinating Council, recently was named Chair of the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission (IJJC). Timberlake…
Chicago Public Radio Tells the Story of Life "Inside and Out" of the Juvenile Justice System
By Illinois Models for Change
Chicago Public Radio station WBEZ-FM has begun a series of reports examining how young people get caught up in the juvenile justice system, their life inside juvenile prisons and what happens to them…
Jefferson Parish Juvenile Court Leads Way With Children and Youth Planning Board
By Louisiana Models for Change
In October 2006, after being selected as one of the first MacArthur Foundation Louisiana grant sites, the Jefferson Parish Children and Youth Planning Board formed working committees designed to meet…
Juvenile Justice Reform Initiatives Taking Place Across Louisiana
By Louisiana Models for Change (courtesy of Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Catherine D. Kimball)
I applaud the member judges of the Louisiana Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges for their active support and ongoing efforts to improve and reform Louisiana’s juvenile justice…
Conference Highlights Successes in Models for Change States
By LaWanda Johnson
Hundreds of Models for Change representatives from sixteen states were on hand to highlight reform progress in their states and share experiences with peers during the 4th annual Models for Change…
Juvenile Law Center Strives for Justice Reform
12/28/2009, The Legal Intelligencer
By Robert Schwartz
The Juvenile Law Center's highly publicized work on behalf of thousands of Luzerne County teens is of obvious import. It also has its ironies. Since 2004, the Juvenile Law Center has been the "lead…
OJJDP Invites Comments on Proposed FY 2010 Program Plan
12/2/2009, The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has published a Notice of its Proposed Plan for Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 in the December 1, 2009, Federal Register. The Proposed Plan…
James Rieland Honored for Exceptional Contributions to Juvenile Justice Reform in Pennsylvania
By Models for Change Pennsylvania
James J. Rieland, Director of Allegheny County Probation and critical fixture in Pennsylvania’s Models for Change initiative, has been awarded the Dennis M. Maloney Award for his exceptional…
Models for Change Stakeholder and Latino Juvenile Justice Network Coordinator Edwin Desamour Featured on CNN
11/9/2009, CNN
By Bill Mears
Two cases may change the way teens are punished November 9, 2009 10:50 a.m. EST Allentown, Pennsylvania (CNN) -- Sixty miles and the twin tragedies of young lives lost to violence link this…
National Council of La Raza Hosts Latino Children and Youth Symposium
By National Council of La Raza
On October 22, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) brought together nearly 200 community leaders, academics, advocates, practitioners, and policymakers to discuss the well-being of Latino children…
Two Systems Come Together in Illinois with a Common Goal of Helping Juveniles in Trouble
By Illinois Models for Change
DuPage County, Illinois’ second largest county, is well known as an economic and political powerhouse. More recently, the county also is earning a reputation as a leader in the field of…
Saving young offenders is project's goal
10/21/2009, Sauk Valley Newspapers, Dixon and Sterling, Illinois
The criminal justice system in Ogle County is trying a new cooperative approach to discourage juvenile offenders from committing more crimes. The initiative is an effort by the Ogle County…
What is Working around Illinois
By Lisa Jacobs
Models for Change is a national initiative funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to accelerate reform of juvenile justice systems across the country (…
Unprecedented Agreement Reached to Assist Juveniles
By Ogle County Juvenile Justice Council
OREGON, IL – Juveniles running into trouble with the law in Ogle County are finding law enforcement and probation officers coming to their assistance. Members of the Ogle County Juvenile…
Berks County Attorney Recognized for Innovative Leadership in Juvenile Justice
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.…
Ogle County State's Attorney Ben Roe Named to State Task Force
By Ogle County Juvenile Justice Council
Oregon, IL - Ogle County State’s Attorney John B. “Ben” Roe has been appointed to a new state task force to study whether 17-year-olds charged with felony offenses should be tried…
Promising Models for Reforming Juvenile Justice Systems
9/8/2009, The Huffington Post
By Marian Wright Edelman
Nationally, one in three Black boys and one in six Latino boys born in 2001 are at risk of going to prison during their lifetimes. Although boys are more than five times as likely to be incarcerated…
Should Lawyers Be There When Cops Question Kids?
8/13/2009, WBEZ-FM, Chicago Public Radio
By WBEZ-FM, Chicago Public Radio
If you’ve lived around Chicago for more than ten years, and you hear someone talking about police interrogation of children, you probably think of the Ryan Harris case. Ryan Harris was 11 when…
After getting degrees in prison, former Latino inmate turns advocate
8/6/2009, News21
By Kristen Minogue
After getting degrees in prison, former Latino inmate turns advocate Elias Elizondo relives his frustration after learning at 16 that he would probably die in prison. Graduating from high…
Berks County pioneers an alternative to detention for juvenile offenders
7/25/2009, Reading Eagle
By Holly Herman
A 16-year-old Reading boy misses a three-point shot but runs off the basketball court glowing nevertheless. "I turned my life around," the youth said proudly during a break in a basketball game…
Building Kids' Lives
7/16/2009, Berks Community Television
Berks Community Television presents "Building Kids' Lives" - a program presented by the Children's Home of Reading, featuring the efforts of the Berks County, PA Disproportionate Minority workgroup…
Survey shows issues with race, juvenile justice
7/10/2009, The West Virginia Record
By Steve Korris -Statehouse Bureau
CHARLESTON - Workers in West Virginia courts and sheriff's offices might need to reform their attitudes about blacks to preserve full federal funding for juvenile justice, according to a survey. Now…
Juvenile Justice Improvements Approved by Illinois General Assembly
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…
Federal commitment offers welcomed support to local initiatives to promote racial and ethnic fairness
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,…
Reducing the incarceration of youth of color in Berks County
Reducing the incarceration of youth of color in Berks County through structured decision-making and community-based alternatives Models for Change support has assisted Berks County’s juvenile…
Functional Family Therapy services showing promising results in Pierce County, WA
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…
Third Models for Change working conference gathers forces and champions juvenile justice reform
The Third Annual Models for Change Working Conference, in December 2008, provided a unique opportunity for representatives from all areas of the initiative to come together and share knowledge, tools…
Jacqueline van Wormer honored as Champion for Change
12/8/2008, WSU Today Online: Washington State University
KENNEWICK - Jacqueline van Wormer, a former WSU graduate is being honored as a Champion for Change in juvenile justice reform for her work in Benton and Franklin Counties to improve the lives of…
Racial, ethnic disparities addressed in Berks County, PA
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
By DMC Action Network eNews
In early 2008, representatives from Rapides Parish (Alexandria, LA) Juvenile Court, the Assistant District Attorney, Indigent Defense Counsel, all law enforcement agencies, and juvenile probation…
Champion for Change: Jacqueline van Wormer
12/1/2008, Models for Change
By Washington
Benton and Franklin Counties Superior Court Adjunct Faculty Member, Washington State University Read the complete 2008 Champions for Change program. Jacqueline van Wormer is a problem solver…
Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius announced a new state initiative to address disproportionality in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems
11/25/2008, Kansas Office of the Governor
By Nicole Corcoran, Press Secretary
State looks at new ways to ensure equal treatment for Kansas children Governor Kathleen Sebelius today announced a new effort, under the direction of her Health and Human Services Subcabinet team,…
MacArthur Awards $4.2 Million to Accelerate Juvenile Justice Reform in Illinois, 3 Other States
6/15/2006, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
CHICAGO, IL—The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation today announced six grants totaling nearly $4.2 million to help accelerate promising models for juvenile justice reform as part of…
MacArthur Foundation Selects Illinois as "Model" State for National Juvenile Justice Reform Initiative
2/2/2006, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Chicago, IL--The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced today that it has selected Illinois as one of four states to participate in its national initiative to accelerate promising…
MacArthur Foundation Selects Washington as "Model" State for National Juvenile Justice Initiative
11/16/2005, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Download a PDF of the Release CHRISTINE O. GREGOIRE Governor STATE OF WASHINGTON OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR P.O. Box 40002 Olympia, Washington 98504-0002 For Release: Immediate Date: Friday, June…
MacArthur Foundation Selects Pennsylvania as "Model" State for National Juvenile Justice Reform Initiative
11/3/2005, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
HARRISBURG, PA – The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has selected Pennsylvania as one of four states to participate in Models for Change, a national initiative to accelerate…
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