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Should 17-year-old criminal offenders go back to juvenile court?
11/14/2013, Greenbay Press Gazette
By Andy Thompson
In Wisconsin, 17-year-olds are prohibited from voting, drinking alcohol or buying cigarettes. But if they break the law, they’re treated as adults. It’s been that way since 1996, but a…
Give more teens second chances in juvenile court
11/5/2013, Janesville Gazette
By Editorial
Wisconsin should give 17-year-old nonviolent first-time offenders a break. Instead of sending them to adult court and risking higher levels of recidivism, the state should pass Senate Bill 308 and…
Bies urges returning 17-year-olds to juvenile justice system
10/5/2013, Door County Advocate
A bipartisan group of legislators has introduced a bill that would return 17-year-olds to the juvenile justice system if they are first-time offenders charged with non-violent crimes. Wisconsin is…
Effort aims to give teens a 'Second Chance'
9/28/2013, Leader-Telegram
By Andrew Dowd
Wisconsin attorneys are pushing to undo a law - enacted in the mid-1990s in reaction to a wave of juvenile crime - that puts 17-year-olds in the adult criminal justice system. The State Bar of…
Real juvenile justice reform needs more than just good ideas
8/23/2013, Youth Today
By John Lash
Real change takes more than just ideas, it requires sustained and supported implementation of those ideas, and a willingness to make course corrections based on new data. It also requires that the…
With $15M in grants, MacArthur establishes 4 juvenile justice reform centers
8/21/2013, ABA Journal
By Molly McDonough
A longtime supporter of juvenile justice reform, the MacArthur Foundation has committed an additional $15 million to the effort, including the development of four juvenile justice reform centers as…
MacArthur Expands Investment in Juvenile Justice Reform to $165 Million, Launches Resource Centers to Advance Reform and Improve Outcomes for Youth
8/14/2013
Resource Center Partnership seeks to continue the wave of juvenile justice reform in U.S. by helping practitioners, policymakers tackle issues central to improving outcomes for kids and…
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…
Thousands to Participate in National Youth Justice Awareness Month Activities throughout the Country
10/1/2012
By Campaign for Youth Justice
Thousands to Participate in National Youth Justice Awareness Month Activities throughout the Country Twenty-eight Events in 20 States are designed to Raise Awareness around the Issue of Youth…
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…
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 –…
Justice Department Expands Youth Violence Prevention Program
4/5/2012, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Nancy Lewis
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced this week that the Justice Department will expand to 10 – from six – the number of cities participating in the National Forum on Youth Violence…
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…
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…
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…
2010 Champions for Change
12/1/2010
The Champions for Change recognizes one Models for Change leader or partner from each of the four core Models for Change states (Illinois, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Washington) and each of the Models…
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…
Locking Up Fewer Children
8/14/2009, New York Times
By Editorial
In the 1990s, states and localities began sending more and more children to juvenile lockups, often for months, while they awaited trial for nonviolent offenses or even noncriminal behavior like…
Mentally Ill Offenders Strain Juvenile Justice Systems
8/9/2009, New York Times
By Solomon Moore
FRANKLIN FURNACE, Ohio — The teenager in the padded smock sat in his solitary confinement cell here in this state’s most secure juvenile prison and screamed obscenities. The youth,…
National Initiative Keeping Youths Out of Jail, Report Says
8/6/2009, Washington Post
By Henri E. Cauvin
A national juvenile justice initiative is helping reduce the number of young offenders being jailed after arrest, according to a new report by the foundation that has backed the effort. But in the…
New Report Documents Dramatic Reductions in Youth Detention
8/5/2009, Salem-News
Reformers Gather in DC to Review Progress. (BALTIMORE, Md.) - A new report released by the Annie C. Casey Foundation shows that two decades of juvenile justice reform have reduced youth detention,…
12 and in Prison
7/27/2009, New York Times
By Editorial
The Supreme Court sent an important message when it ruled in Roper v. Simmons in 2005 that children under the age of 18 when their crimes were committed were not eligible for the death penalty.…
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,…
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…
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