Category: juvenile justice

Feb 22

SCA Grantee Takes Part in New Young Adult Correctional Program

By CSG Justice Center Staff The Middlesex, Massachusetts, Sheriff’s Office opened a new jail unit specifically for young adults this month. Established in partnership with the local nonprofit UTEC and the Vera Institute of Justice, the specialized unit—called People Achieving Change Together (PACT)—seeks to reduce recidivism by offering tailored programming to young people between the …

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Feb 22

Defining Justice: the Experience of Women and Children behind Bars Conference

The Defining Justice Series event, hosted by The Atlantic, will bring together leaders from Capitol Hill and around the country to discuss the state of criminal justice reform across America. In particular, the event will consider how renewed federal debate on the issue might impact women and youth in the justice system. The growing consensus around criminal …

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Feb 21

Wisconsin Assembly Approves Juvenile Prison Overhaul

Associated Press By Todd Richmond and Scott Bauer The state Assembly passed a sweeping bipartisan overhaul of Wisconsin’s juvenile justice system Wednesday, approving a bill that would close the troubled Lincoln Hills youth prison by 2021 and authorize $80 million in borrowing for new state and county youth facilities. Gov. Scott Walker supports the measure but …

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Feb 20

Register for Webinar: Advocating for LGBTQ+ Young People in Schools and Juvenile Justice Facilities

Hosted by the Legal Center for Youth Justice and Education The Legal Center for Youth Justice—a national collaboration of the Juvenile Law Center, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Education Law Center-PA, and the ABA Center on Children and the Law—will host a webinar exploring the intersection of education and the juvenile justice system for LGBTQ+ youth, …

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Jan 30

Leveraging the Every Student Succeeds Act to Improve Educational Services in Juvenile Justice Facilities

This policy brief from the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF), the National Reentry Resource Center, and the CSG Justice Center  provides state and local policymakers as well as education and juvenile justice leaders with information about how they can use requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to improve education and workforce outcomes for youth …

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Jan 21

Assessments Often Miss Mental Health Issues for Youth on Probation

Medical Xpress By Bert Gambini An assessment tool used by many jurisdictions within the juvenile justice system that is intended to help recognize the effects of adversity and trauma in children’s lives is not the best means of evaluating mental health problems faced by at-risk youth, according to new study by a University at Buffalo …

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Jan 16

Apply Now: FY18 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is seeking applications for FY 2018 funding to improve public safety and victim services in tribal communities. Strategic plans should address improving public safety through community-oriented strategies and should identify the priority needs facing the applicant’s justice system, outlining a detailed, strength-based victim-centered strategic planning strategy that includes law enforcement; …

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Jan 08

How New Jersey Is Changing Its Juvenile Justice System

New Jersey 101.5 By David Matthau Gov. Chris Christie has announced plans to close two state prisons for juvenile offenders, and replace them with smaller, more modern facilities in more populated parts of the state. One of the prisons being closed is the New Jersey Training School in Monroe Township, known as Jamesburg, which was …

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Jan 02

Prosecutors Aren’t Seeking Adult Charges against Kids Nearly as Often in Florida or Jacksonville

The Florida Times-Union By Andrew Pantazi Across Florida, children were less likely last year to be prosecuted as adults than in years past, according to new data released by the Department of Juvenile Justice. Jacksonville and Gainesville had the state’s sharpest declines, with rates dropping to nearly half the previous year’s. Leading up to 2016’s state …

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Dec 29

For an Increasing Number of Youth in Juvenile Detention, Learning Is Possible

Slate By Francesca Berardi Before Malik was locked away in a juvenile prison in Woodsbend, a small town tucked into Kentucky’s Appalachian Mountains, he didn’t care much about school. No one in his immediate family has a high school diploma and his teachers, it seemed, only cared about the successful students. Malik, who is 18, spent …

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