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NTTAC To Host Webinar on Disproportionate Minority Contact

 

On August 3, 2011, at 2 p.m. E.T., the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC) will host the Webinar, “Disproportionate Minority Contact: Issues and Trends at the National, State, and Local Level.” The Webinar will describe the issues that state and local communities face when trying to reduce disproportionate minority contact (DMC). Representatives from four states will share their experiences and lessons learned in implementing delinquency prevention and systems improvement strategies that address DMC. Juvenile justice system and education stakeholders, community and youth advocates, and current OJJDP grant recipients are encouraged to attend. Registration is available online.

Resources:
- To register online, go to the registration page.
- For additional information on DMC, including tools and resources,
please visit the DMC page of the OJJDP Web site.
- The Webinar will be posted on NTTAC’s Web site 7–10 business days following the event, at https://www.nttac.org/index.cfm?event=workshopsConferences.pastwebinars

Thursday, July 07, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Return on Investment: Evidence-Based Options to Improve Statewide Outcomes – July 2011 Update

 

The Washington State Institute for Public Policy has recently posted the following publication online:

Return on Investment: Evidence-Based Options to Improve Statewide Outcomes – July 2011 Updatehttp://www.wsipp.wa.gov/rptfiles/11-07-1201.pdf

The 2009 Washington Legislature directed the Institute to “calculate the return on investment to taxpayers from evidence-based prevention and intervention programs and policies.” The Legislature instructed the Institute to produce “a comprehensive list of programs and policies that improve . . . outcomes for children and adults in Washington and result in more cost-efficient use of public resources.” The Legislature authorized the Institute to receive outside funding for this project; the MacArthur Foundation supported 80 percent of the work and the Legislature funded the other 20 percent. This main report summarizes our findings. Readers can download the two detailed technical appendices for in-depth results and statistical methods. (July 2011) Steve Aos, Stephanie Lee, Elizabeth Drake, Annie Pennucci, Tali Klima, Marna Miller, Laurie Anderson, Jim Mayfield, Mason Burley. #11-07-1201.

Resources:

The main report and two technical appendices can be downloaded from: http://www.wsipp.wa.gov/pub.asp?docid=11-07-1201

To view all recently released WSIPP reports visit: http://www.wsipp.wa.gov/date.asp?time=6

Thursday, July 07, 2011 at 10:19 AM

OJJDP News @ a Glance, May/June 2011

 

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) announces the availability of OJJDP News @ a Glance, May/June 2011. The bimonthly newsletter provides readers with news about OJJDP activities, publications, funding opportunities, and events. This issue's lead article reports on the Attorney General’s new public service announcement to raise awareness about the problem of children's exposure to violence and about the Justice Department’s Defending Childhood initiative. The issue also includes special features on the following topics:

• The May 25, 2011, observance of National Missing Children’s Day.
• The May 23, 2011, meeting of the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, which highlighted evidence-based alternatives to zero-tolerance policies and successful strategies for preventing children from dropping out of school.
• The OJJDP fact sheet, Highlights of the 2009 National Youth Gang Survey, which indicates that gang activity remains at high levels.
• OJJDP’s listening sessions on family engagement.
• Upcoming events.
Resources:
“OJJDP News @ a Glance,” May/June 2011 (NCJ 234318), is available online at http://www.ncjrs.gov/html/ojjdp/newsatglance/234318/index.html.

Friday, June 24, 2011 at 9:40 AM

OJP Launches CrimeSolutions.gov

 

On June 22, 2011, OJP launched the Web site, CrimeSolutions.gov

The Web site is a resource to help practitioners and policymakers understand what works in justice-related programs and practices. It includes information on more than 150 justice-related programs and assigns ratings that indicate whether a program achieves its goals.

Office of Justice Programs Assistant Attorney General Laurie Robinson said, “CrimeSolutions.gov helps us take a ‘smart on crime’ approach that relies on data-driven, evidence-based analysis to identify and replicate justice-related programs that have shown real results in preventing and reducing crime and serving crime victims.”

Resources:
Read a press release about the launch at http://www.ojp.gov/newsroom/pressreleases/2011/OJP11105.htm

Visit www.crimesolutions.gov.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 5:56 PM

U.S. Department of Education Invites Comments on School Bullying Law and Policy Plan

 

The U.S. Department of Education has published a plan to conduct case studies at 24 school sites across the nation to analyze bullying laws and policies. The study will identify promising strategies and practices schools use to combat bullying and will examine how state legislative requirements influence policies, including ways that state and district policies facilitate or create challenges for effective implementation. Comments are due by August 1, 2011, and may be submitted electronically to ICDocketMgr@ed.gov or mailed to the U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, LBJ, Washington, DC 20202–4537.

Resources: To download the plan, go to:
http://edicsweb.ed.gov/browse/browsecoll.cfm?pkgserialnum=4634&utmsource=Federal+Regulations+and+Resources&utmcampaign=30ac75cebe-FederalRegulations6142011&utm_medium=email.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 1:51 PM

OJJDP Announces FY 2011 Funding Opportunities

 

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has announced the following funding fiscal year (FY) 2011 funding opportunities:
Second Chance Act Juvenile Offender Reentry Program for Planning and Demonstration Projects
Defending Childhood Task Force Technical Assistance Project

Resources:

To obtain further information about the above and other current OJJDP solicitations, including eligibility criteria and application deadlines, visit http://www.ojjdp.gov/funding/FundingList.asp

Friday, June 17, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Webinar To Discuss Ensuring Educational Opportunities for Youth in Placement

 

On June 15, 2011, at 2 p.m. E.T., the National Reentry Resource Center will sponsor, “Education and the World of Work: Anchors to a Strong Juvenile Reentry Plan.” This Webinar will highlight how strong educational programs in residential facilities can help youth find jobs, and describe how to ensure youth can find continuing education and vocational training in community-based settings. Registration is available online.

Resources:
For more information about the Webinar, visit: www.nationalreentryresourcecenter.org/announcements/webinar-on-how-education-and-work-can-contribute-to-a-strong-juvenile-reentry-plan.
To register, go to: https://justicecenter.webex.com/justicecenter/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=649853441

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 9:25 AM

Unstable Foster Care Environment May Cause Youth to Run Away

 

New research from the National Runaway Switchboard suggests that youth who have had multiple foster care placements are more likely to run away from their homes than youth who have only been placed once in a foster care setting. The report, "Running Away from Foster Care: Youths’ Knowledge and Access of Services,” showed that most runaway youth leave within the first 6 months after being placed, and that most of these youth have run away multiple times, with 25 percent running away more than 10 times. The report is free and available online.

Resources:
To find out about the National Runaway Switchboard and download resources, go to: www.1800runaway.org

Download the executive summary at: http://www.1800runaway.org/media/whytheyrun/reportfiles/042111Part%20C%20Exec%20Summary.pdf

Download the full report at: http://www.nrscrisisline.org/media/whytheyrun/report_files/NORC%20Part%20C%20Final.pdf

Thursday, June 09, 2011 at 3:51 PM

OJJDP Fact Sheet Highlights Findings From the 2009 National Youth Gang Survey

 

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has published, "Highlights of the 2009 National Youth Gang Survey." This fact sheet presents findings from the National Gang Center’s 2009 National Youth Gang Survey, which collects data from a large, representative sample of local law enforcement agencies to monitor the size and scope of the national gang problem. The fact sheet discusses the prevalence of gangs in the U.S., rates of gang activity and gang homicides, and factors that may influence gang violence.

Resources: "Highlights of the 2009 National Youth Gang Survey" (NCJ 233581) is available at http://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/ojjdp/233581.pdf.

Print copies can be ordered online from the National Criminal Justice Reference Service at www.ncjrs.gov/App/ShoppingCart/ShopCart.aspx?item=NCJ+233581&repro=0

Thursday, June 09, 2011 at 1:14 PM

Join Us for OJJDP's 2011 National Conference for Children’s Justice & Safety: Unite, Build, Lead

 

Register Now for OJJDP's 2011 National Conference! On October 12-14, 2011, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) will host its National Conference, "Children's Justice & Safety: Unite, Build, Lead," at the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD.

Workshops, plenaries, and presentations by leading experts and researchers will promote evidence-based practices that address emerging concerns in delinquency prevention, juvenile justice, and victimization. Topics will include crimes against children, anti-gang strategies, children's exposure to violence, disproportionate minority contact, girls' delinquency, tribal youth programs, emergency planning for juvenile justice, faith-based and community involvement, mentoring, truancy and bullying, and substance abuse, among others. Registration is free. Register today.

Resources:
For more information about the conference, go to: http://www.ojjdp.gov/2011conference.

To register, go to: http://guest.cvent.com/d/tdqbfs

Tuesday, June 07, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Summer doesn't correlate with more juvenile arrests, DC study finds

 

WASHINGTON, DC - With summer right around the corner, policymakers sometimes begin considering punitive policies towards youth based on the assumption that more free time leads to more youth crime. However, as a new report for DC Lawyers for Youth shows, at least in one jurisdiction there is no cyclical pattern of more arrests during summer months (June, July and August). Please share with those who might find this information useful in their work.

The brief, “Debunking Urban Legends: Summer Heat, Vacation Don’t Lead to More Youth Arrests,” found that since 2007, there has been no relation to an increase in juvenile arrests during summer months (June, July and August). The report takes a look at seasonal and annual weekly averages of juvenile arrests and the seasonal average of juvenile arrests for violent offenses from 2007 to 2010. According to the brief, juvenile arrests during specific weeks of summer have been lower than the rest of the year since 2007. In 2009 and 2010, weekly arrests of juveniles were more than 8% lower during academic year weeks.

Resources: To view this DC Lawers for Youth Issue Brief in full visit:
http://www.dcly.org/sites/default/files/Debunking%20Urban%20Legends%20Summer%20Arrests.pdf

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Center for Juvenile Justice Reform announced the release of "Safety, Fairness, Stability: Repositioning Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare to Engage Families and Communities"

 

The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform announced the release of "Safety, Fairness, Stability: Repositioning Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare to Engage Families and Communities," a paper co-authored by Joan Pennell, Carol Shapiro, and Carol Wilson Spigner, with Commentaries by Kordnie Jamillia Lee and Trina Osher. The paper was released at a symposium held at Georgetown University on May 13, 2011 and is now available along with related resource materials at: http://cjjr.georgetown.edu/resources.html

Monday, May 23, 2011 at 11:31 AM

CHILDREN OF PROMISE airs this Friday at 8pm on Investigation Discovery!

 

Children of Promise: The Legacy of Robert F. Kennedy will premiere this Friday, May 20 at 8pm on Investigation Discovery.

Children of Promise: The Legacy of Robert F. Kennedy examines the power of change, the strength of the human spirit, and RFK's enduring vision for our nation's youth. In focus is the Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps in Massachusetts, an innovative agency founded in honor of the late statesman to successfully rehabilitate children and families of crime, violence, and neglect. Narrated by actor Mandy Patinkin, Children of Promise connects the life and work of RFK through archival footage, interviews with Kennedy family members, and stories of the young people whose lives have been turned around in his name.

Resources:
For further information on this world premiere event view http://investigation.discovery.com/tv/children-of-promise/about-children-of-promise.html

Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 3:37 PM

OJJDP Observes National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

 

OJJDP Observes National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, May 3, 2011, is National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day. By observing this day, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) partners with other agencies to help raise awareness about the importance of children's mental health needs. This year's observance focuses on children dealing with trauma. OJJDP and partners hope to help the public recognize signs of child trauma, emphasize the need for treatment for children’s traumatic experiences, enhance children’s mental health and resilience skills, nurture children's social and emotional skills, and promote trauma-informed social services and supports. This year's national event in Washington, DC, will feature a panel with children’s mental health experts, a tribute to youth who have experienced early childhood trauma, and a related art exhibit.

Resources: For further information about National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day and related resources and events, visit www.samhsa.gov/children.

Monday, May 02, 2011 at 11:59 AM

CJCA Data Quoted on National Public Radio

 

CJCA data is cited in the story, Town Relies On Troubled Youth Prison For Profits. The Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators, whose members represent youth facilities in all 50 states, reports that a guard-to-inmate ratio of 1 officer to 10 or 12 juvenile prisoners is common. The state audit of Walnut Grove found the guard-to-inmate ratio to be 1 to 60. Salaries are the largest expense of a correctional budget, and reducing staffing is typically a way to keep costs down.

The full story is available at http://www.npr.org/2011/03/25/134850972/town-relies-on-troubled-youth-prison-for-profits

Monday, April 25, 2011 at 12:06 PM

New Issue - Justice Research and Statistics Association SAC Publication Digest

 

The latest issue of the SAC Publication Digest is now available on the website of the Justice Research and Statistics Association. This Digest contains abstracts of Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) reports published July - December 2010, including reports produced for the SACs by outside authors or organizations. The SACs are state agencies that collect, analyze, and disseminate justice data, and these reports cover a wide array of topics and analysis approaches for criminal justice data at the state level.

Resources:
To view the new Digest, go to http://www.jrsa.org/pubs/sac-digest/sacdigest13.

Monday, April 25, 2011 at 10:51 AM

National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention Newsletter

 

New Task Forces Launched! On April 14, 2011 the Action Alliance announced the formation of five new task forces, bringing the total to 11.

"We are confident that the new task forces will bring the Alliance closer to achieving its goal of raising awareness about suicide and putting an end to this tragic loss of life," said Co-Chairs former Senator Gordon H. Smith, now President and CEO, National Association of Broadcasters, and Secretary of the Army John McHugh in a joint statement. "The Action Alliance now has a strong complement of task forces to comprehensively address the high-level, national issues that have challenged our progress over the past decade."

The task forces will focus on interventions to (1) ensure quality care in healthcare settings; (2) improve training of healthcare professionals; (3) partner with faith-based communities; (4) better protect youths in contact with the juvenile justice system; and (5) work with the news media and entertainment industry to ensure that their portrayal of suicide does not sensationalize it.

Resources:
-Click here to view the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention Newsletter online.
-Click here to view Additional information about the eleven task forces of the National Alliance for Suicide Prevention.

Monday, April 18, 2011 at 1:23 PM

Join Us for OJJDP's 2011 National Conference for Children’s Justice & Safety: Unite, Build, Lead

 

Register Now for OJJDP's 2011 National Conference! On October 12-14, 2011, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) will host its National Conference, "Children's Justice & Safety: Unite, Build, Lead," at the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD.

Workshops, plenaries, and presentations by leading experts and researchers will promote evidence-based practices that address emerging concerns in delinquency prevention, juvenile justice, and victimization. Topics will include crimes against children, anti-gang strategies, children's exposure to violence, disproportionate minority contact, girls' delinquency, tribal youth programs, emergency planning for juvenile justice, faith-based and community involvement, mentoring, truancy and bullying, and substance abuse, among others. Registration is free. Register today.

Resources: For more information about the conference, go to http://www.ojjdp.gov/2011conference.

To register, go to http://guest.cvent.com/d/tdqbfs

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 10:23 AM

Justice Resource Update Highlights Reentry Issues

 

The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) has released the March 2011 issue of its Justice Resource Update newsletter. The latest issue features articles on reentry and inmate populations, including pieces that discuss Second Chance Act initiatives, a tool for analyzing recidivism patterns, and jails in Indian Country.

Other articles discuss National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, enhancing responses to missing children, a report on DNA backlogs, and upcoming conferences and other events.

Resources:
The latest issue of the Justice Resource Update newsletter is available online at http://www.ncjrs.gov/OJPNewsletter/march2011/juvjust.htm.

Thursday, April 07, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Administration Revises Proposal on Race to the Top Funding for Juvenile Justice

 

Since the release of the fiscal year 2012 budget, the Administration has heard a great deal from the states, from the juvenile justice community, and from congressional offices about the proposal for juvenile justice spending in the President’s budget. Concerns have been expressed, for example, about the potential impact on states’ compliance with mandates under the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act and on other protections for system-involved young people. Drawing on the feedback, the Administration has developed an alternative to its original Race to the Top-style incentive grants program and is now proposing that the $120 million in the budget could be allocated in the following fashion:

  • $110 million as formula funding
  • $80 million under Title II, Part B of the JJDP Act–Formula Grants program -
  • $30 million under the Juvenile Accountability Block Grants (JABG) program
  • $10 million in a demonstration program to encourage innovation and juvenile justice system improvements.

This revamped approach would preserve, and add funding to, the important Part B Formula Grants program; continue the JABG program; and create a new discretionary funding program to encourage innovation and evidence-based reforms in the juvenile justice system, which would showcase approaches other states may then consider embracing.

Resource:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/enews/11juvjust/110401.html

Friday, April 01, 2011 at 4:59 PM

NGA Releases Report of Governors' Annual State of the State Addresses

 

As governors delivered their 2011 State of the State addresses, they continue to face fiscal stress and high unemployment, according to an issue brief released by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center).

Interim Analysis: 2011 State of the State Addresses signals that state government redesign is not a temporary issue; it is part a new reality that will bring about fundamental change in the nature and volume of state services. Therefore, this year's speeches focus on tough budget choices, smaller government and strategies to create jobs.

Resources:
For more information on state government redesign, visit NGA's redesign page or visit www.nga.org.

Monday, March 28, 2011 at 9:45 AM

Georgetown University Announces New Program to Improve Juvenile Justice System Practice

 

The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University‘s Public Policy Institute has announced the launch of the Juvenile Justice System Improvement Project (JJSIP). The program is designed to reduce crime and delinquency and improve positive outcomes for youth in the juvenile justice system through the implementation of more efficient and effective juvenile justice administration.

This new project will help states improve outcomes for juvenile offenders by better translating knowledge on “what works” into everyday practice and policy. The JJSIP takes the vast amount of knowledge gained through Dr. Mark Lipsey’s meta-analysis of effective juvenile justice programs and embeds it within the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s Comprehensive Strategy for Serious, Violent, and Chronic Juvenile Offenders as developed by Dr. James C. Howell and John Wilson. In doing so, the JJSIP provides a framework for improving juvenile justice practice throughout the entire juvenile justice continuum.

Three states will be selected through a competitive application process to participate in an intensive training and then receive 18-months of technical assistance to implement this approach. Letters of Interest are due by April 14. A conference call for prospective applicants will be held on March 30, 2011 at 3:30pm EDT (1-866-910-4857, code 863624#).

Resources:
For more information on the project please visit: http://cjjr.georgetown.edu/jjsip/jjsip.html or email CJJR at jjreform@georgetown.edu.

Friday, March 25, 2011 at 9:26 AM

OJJDP Fact Sheet Describes Factors That Lead Serious Juvenile Offenders To Reduce Offending

 

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has published "Highlights From Pathways to Desistance: A Longitudinal Study of Serious Adolescent Offenders." This fact sheet presents findings from a project that followed 1,354 serious juvenile offenders for 7 years after they had been adjudicated or convicted and examined the factors that caused these young offenders to continue, reduce, or stop offending. It describes how longer juvenile sentences, community-based supervision and aftercare, and substance abuse treatment may affect reoffending.

Resources:
"Highlights From Pathways to Desistance: A Longitudinal Study of Serious Adolescent Offenders" (NCJ 230971) is available at http://www.ojjdp.gov/publications/PubAbstract.asp?pubi=253020.

Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 4:23 PM

State Trends - Trying Kids as Adults: Policies are Changing

 

Washington, D.C. – New Report Shows Trend of Nearly Half the States Changing or Considering Change More than 20 states in the United States have changed or are considering changes to their policies around trying kids as adults according to a new report, State Trends: Legislative Changes from 2005-2010 Removing Youth from the Adult Criminal Justice System, released today by the Campaign for Youth Justice.

State Trends highlights the policy changes by examining the impact that the reforms have already had, as well as showcasing states currently contemplating reforms. In the past 5 years, 15 states have changed their state policies and at least another 9 are underway with active policy reform efforts. The report starts with an overview of the major problems that result from trying youth in adult criminal court, and then examines four distinct ways that States and local jurisdictions are changing the politics of youth crime.

In this report we have identified four specific types of trends:
• States and Local Jurisdictions Remove Youth from Adult Jails and Prisons
• States Raise the Age of Juvenile Court Jurisdiction
• States Change Transfer Laws to Keep More Youth in Juvenile Court
• States Rethink Sentencing Laws for Youth

The following states are included in these trends: Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Mississippi, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Washington. Other states mentioned in the report that are on the horizon for reform are Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, and Wisconsin.

“State policy makers are beginning to understand the research that kids are not adults and need educational and rehabilitative services,” said Neelum Arya, State Trends Author and Research and Policy Director for the Campaign for Youth. “State Trends documents the ineffectiveness of prosecuting youth in adult criminal court and tracks the trends of returning to the original promise of the juvenile court.”

Resources: To view the full State Trends report visit: http://www.campaignforyouthjustice.org/documents/CFYJStateTrends_Report.pdf

To view a YouTube Video of State Trends report author Neelum Arya visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gajq48d8mho

Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 11:03 AM

Register Now for OJJDP's 2011 National Conference!

 

Register Now for OJJDP's 2011 National Conference! On October 12-14, 2011, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) will host its National Conference, "Children's Justice & Safety: Unite, Build, Lead," at the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD.

Workshops, plenaries, and presentations by leading experts and researchers will promote evidence-based practices that address emerging concerns in delinquency prevention, juvenile justice, and victimization. Topics will include crimes against children, anti-gang strategies, children's exposure to violence, disproportionate minority contact, girls' delinquency, tribal youth programs, emergency planning for juvenile justice, faith-based and community involvement, mentoring, truancy and bullying, and substance abuse, among others. Registration is free. Register today.

Resources:
For more information about the conference, go to http://www.ojjdp.gov/2011conference.

To register, go to http://guest.cvent.com/d/tdqbfs

Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 10:33 AM

Call to Artists: Design the cover for CJCA's 2011 Yearbook!

 

The Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA) works to improve services and outcomes for youths in the juvenile justice system. Every year, CJCA publishes a national yearbook describing the juvenile corrections systems across the country. To encourage and recognize arts programming in correctional systems, and to celebrate the artistic expression of youths within these systems, CJCA holds a national art contest for the cover of our annual Yearbook publication.

This year's contest theme is "Change"
What is change? Have you experienced the challenges, power and impact of change in your life? How can personal change impact other people - friends, family, neighborhoods, communities and society as a whole? Think about these questions as inspiration for your artwork.

View the full contest details

Apply to sponsor the 2011 contest

Tuesday, March 08, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Attorney General Holder Calls for Improvements to Juvenile Justice System

 

In remarks to the National Association of Counties Legislative Conference on March 7, 2011, Attorney General Eric Holder discussed his vision for the future of the juvenile justice system. Holder emphasized the Department's priority on improving the effectiveness of the country's juvenile justice system, calling for an approach that combines evidence-based research and comprehensive community partnerships.

He remarked, "I believe that the best—and most targeted—solutions won't be imposed from on high. And they won't be born of a single county-level effort. They will be shared solutions, created together—after rigorous scientific evaluation and innovative resource levering."

Resources:

Read the full speech at http://www.justice.gov/iso/opa/ag/speeches/2011/ag-speech-110307.html.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011 at 4:08 PM

[CJJ] Reminder: Call for Presentations - CJJ 2011 Annual Conference

 

The Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ) is pleased to announce its national spring conference in Washington, DC on May 20-24, 2011 at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel. Each year, CJJ hosts a national conference uniquely focused on improving juvenile justice and delinquency prevention systems, services, practices and policies. The theme for the 2011 conference is “Fair & Equal Justice: Alternative Sentences and Sanctions for Youth.” More than 250 juvenile justice practitioners and advocates from across the U.S. and its territories are expected to attend.

CJJ invites presentation proposals for concurrent workshops to be held on Monday, May 23rd. Deadline for submission of presentation proposals is March 11, 2011, 5 pm EST; contact Mark Ferrante at ferrante@juvjusitice.org for more information.

Resources:
For more information about CJJ's Annual Spring Conference visit http://www.juvjustice.org/conference11.html
For more information about submitting presentation proposals visit http://www.juvjustice.org/media/resources/public/resource_554.pdf

Wednesday, March 02, 2011 at 1:05 PM

National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention: New Website Launched

 

The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention has a new website! Come take a look at the new website from the public-private partnership addressing the preventable public health problem of suicide. It offers the latest news and information about the Action Alliance to the general public, suicide prevention community, media, policymakers, and other key stakeholders in suicide prevention.

Resources:
Visit this new website at http://actionallianceforsuicideprevention.org/ and Sign up for the Action Alliance newsletter to receive quarterly updates on this tremendous suicide prevention initiative. The first issue will be coming soon!

Wednesday, March 02, 2011 at 11:09 AM

PREA Technical Assistance Available

 

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) currently has funding available for technical assistance to help states and facilities implement the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) and/or prepare for the PREA standards to be promulgated by the US Attorney General. Technical assistance may be used for all issues related to PREA, including: investigative training, policy development, staff training, youth assessment and placement, gender-responsive training and other operations.

Resources:
For more information or to request technical assistance, please contact Dee Halley at dhalley@bop.gov.

Monday, February 28, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) at Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute announces Certificate Program

 

The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University‘s Public Policy Institute has announced its 2011 Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare: Multi-System Integration Certificate Program for Public Sector Leaders. The program is designed to advance cross systems work to improve outcomes for youth involved in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. Participants will attend a week-long program in Washington, DC where they will be taught by expert faculty on topics including multi-system integration (information sharing and joint case assessment, planning and management), developing collaborative leadership skills, the effective use of communication strategies, reducing disproportionality in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, and more. After the program, participants will develop a Capstone Project to implement systems reform in their home jurisdiction. The Certificate Program is designed for public agency leaders at the state, local, tribal and national levels within the juvenile justice, child welfare, education, behavioral health and related systems of care who are committed to cross systems efforts. In order to enhance the possibility of implementing cross systems change after returning from the program, applicants from the same jurisdiction are encouraged to apply as “mini-teams.”

Certificate Program for Public Sector Leaders is held July 15 to July 21, 2011 Georgetown University Washington, DC Application Due: March 31, 2011

Resources:
For more information and to apply, please visit http://cjjr.georgetown.edu/certprogs/public/certificatepublic.html or email CJJR at jjreform@georgetown.edu.

Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 11:17 AM

Columbia University study just released in Criminal Justice and Behavior: "Psychiatric Disorder, Comorbidity, and Suicidal Behavior in Juvenile Justice Youth."

 

Gail Wasserman and her colleagues from the Center for the Promotion of Mental Health in Juvenile Justice at Columbia University published an important new study that was released just this week in Criminal Justice and Behavior: "Psychiatric Disorder, Comorbidity, and Suicidal Behavior in Juvenile Justice Youth." It may be the best source of information yet on the prevalence of substance abuse and mental health disorders among youth in the juvenile justice system.

Resources: This study is available online at http://cjb.sagepub.com/content/37/12/1361.abstract.

Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Juvenile Justice Matters will preview the incredible story of Nashville's Cyntoia Brown Feb. 24 at 4:30pm EST

 

Juvenile Justice Matters, a production of the Campaign for Youth Justice, will preview the incredible story of Nashville’s Cyntoia Brown on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 4:30 pm EST. This 30-minute live radio show will discuss the upcoming documentary, Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story. Brown is a young woman currently serving a life sentence for a murder she committed at age 16. Joining us on the program will be the Film’s Director Daniel H. Birman and Cyntonia’s adoptive mother Ellenette Brown.

Resources:
More Information on this preview can be found at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/jjmatters

Friday, February 11, 2011 at 11:19 AM

Report Describes Trends in U.S. High School Dropout and Completion Rates

 

The National Center for Education Statistics has published a report that provides high school dropout and completion rates in the United States between 1972 and 2008. Data also present students' age, sex, and race/ethnicity, and the rates of on-time graduation from high school. Findings show that approximately 3 million 16–24 year-olds were not enrolled in high school or had not earned a high school diploma or alternative credential by October 2008.

Resources: View the full report, "Trends in High School Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States: 1972–2008" at http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2011012.

Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 4:44 PM

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee of Appropriations Announces CR Spending Cuts to Go Deep

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers today announced a partial list of 70 spending cuts that will be included in an upcoming Continuing Resolution (CR) bill. The CR legislation will fund the federal government for the seven months remaining in the fiscal year and prevent a government wide shut-down, while significantly reducing the massive increases in discretionary spending enacted in the last several years by a Democrat majority. A full list of program cuts will be released when the bill is formally introduced.

The total spending cuts in the CR will exceed $74 billion, including $58 billion in non-security discretionary spending reductions. The statement by Chairman Rogers on these cuts follows:

“Never before has Congress undertaken a task of this magnitude. The cuts in this CR will represent the largest reduction in discretionary spending in the history of our nation.

The DOJ programs cut are: ONDCP -$69M Drug Intelligence Center -$11 Law Enforcement Wireless Communications -$52 US Marshals Service -$10M FBI -$74M State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance -$256M Juvenile Justice -$2.3M COPS -$600M

Resources:
More information is available at: http://appropriations.house.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=PressReleases.Detail&PressRelease_id=259

Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 4:29 PM

National Council of La Raza (NCLR) JJDPA White Paper Released

 

The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) recently released a white paper on the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, "Reauthorizing the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act: The Impact on Latino Youth" By Marguerite Moeller. This white paper analyzes the impact on Latino youth of the JJDPA and provides recommendations for a reauthorization of the law that takes a rational approach to juvenile justice and strengthens the well-being of Latino youth.

Monday, February 07, 2011 at 12:20 PM

States Can Achieve Better Outcomes, Lower Costs by Supporting Youth in Transition Out of Foster Care

 

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) today released a new report, "The Transition to Adulthood: How States Can Support Older Youth in Foster Care", which provides states with strategies for supporting foster youth as they age out of the foster care system and transition to adulthood.

Resources:
The Transition to Adulthood: How States Can Support Older Youth in Foster Care is now available at http://www.nga.org/Files/pdf/1012FOSTERCARE.PDF.

Friday, February 04, 2011 at 11:09 AM

AAG Robinson and OJJDP Acting Administrator Slowikowski Discourage the Use of Scared Straight Programs

 

In an op-ed published February 1, 2011, in the Baltimore Sun, Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs Laurie Robinson and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's Acting Administrator Jeff Slowikowski discuss how the use of scared straight programs to prevent delinquency is ineffective and can harm youth.

Robinson and Slowikowski comment on a study by Anthony Petrosino and researchers at the Campbell Collaboration, which analyzed results from nine scared straight programs and found that participants were up to 28 percent more likely to offend in the future. As a result of such evidence, the U.S. Department of Justice does not support scared straight-style programs, and instead focuses on programs that research has proven effective, such as mentoring programs, which use positive relationships to modify youth's behavior.

Robinson and Slowikowski write, "The fact that [scared straight] programs are still being touted as effective, despite stark evidence to the contrary, is troubling."

Resources:
Read the full article at http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2011-01-31/news/bs-ed-scared-straight-201101311straight-type-programs-straight-program-youths.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011 at 4:45 PM

AG's Proposed PREA Standards Published Today

 

The Justice Department today released a proposed rule that aims to prevent and respond to sexual abuse in incarceration settings, in accordance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). Based on recommendations of the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission (NPREC), the proposed rule contains four sets of national standards aimed at combating sexual abuse in four types of confinement facilities: adult prisons and jails, juvenile facilities, lockups and community confinement facilities.

A 60-day public comment period will follow publication in the Federal Register, after which the department will make revisions as warranted and the standards will be published as a final rule. The department expects the final rule will be published by the end of the year.

Resources:
The Justice Department’s complete rule can be found online at: www.ojp.usdoj.gov/programs/pdfs/prea_nprm.pdf
Following publication in the Federal Register, the proposed rule will be available at www.regulations.gov, through which comments on the proposed rule may be submitted.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 5:07 PM

OJJDP Published Proposed FY 2011 Program Plan

 

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has published a Notice of its Proposed Plan for Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 in the January 12, 2011, Federal Register. The Proposed Plan describes discretionary program activities that OJJDP proposes to carry out during FY 2011. Taking into consideration comments received and its final FY 2011 appropriation, OJJDP will develop a Final Plan describing program activities that the Office intends to fund during FY 2011. The Final Plan will be published in the Federal Register. Comments on the Proposed Plan must be received by February 28, 2011, and may be submitted online or mailed to OJJDP. Online submission of comments is recommended.

Resources:
To view OJJDP's Proposed Plan and detailed guidance on submitting comments, visit ojjdp.gov/funding/FY11OJJDPProposedPlan.pdf.

Comments may be submitted online at www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=OJJDP-OJP-2011-0001-0001.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 3:31 PM

New Issue of Justice Research and Policy Just Released

 

New Issue of Justice Research and Policy just released, Volume 12, No. 2, 2010 Is Now Available at: http://jrsa.metapress.com

This issue of JRP contains a Juvenile Justice Section with these articles:
• "Pathways to Adult Court: Does the Road Traveled Impact the Final Destination?" by Megan C. Kurlychek
• "Under Lock and Key: Trauma, Marginalization, and Girls' Juvenile Justice Involvement" by Lisa Pasko and Meda Chesny-Lind
• "Does the Gender of the Intake Probation Officer Contextualize the Treatment of Black Youth?" by Michael J. Leiber and Sarah Jane Brubaker

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 12:25 PM

AMBER Alerts Now Available on Facebook

 

At a news conference today, Laurie O. Robinson, Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs, joined representatives of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and Facebook as they announced a partnership to enable 140 million Facebook users across the country to receive AMBER Alerts via their accounts.

The AMBER Alert program works to mobilize communities to search for and rescue abducted children. In serious child abduction cases, law enforcement issues bulletins that are distributed by media, the trucking industry, the wireless industry, and Internet service providers to a targeted audience. The AMBER Alert program has been credited with recovering 525 children.

Robinson remarked, "These efforts demonstrate the high priority this Administration places on child protection. While we can't fulfill every parent's dream and completely insulate children, we can promote programs and partnerships that protect children and help bring them home."

Resources: The press conference will be streamed live and archived at www.livestream.com/facebookdclive

For more information about the AMBER Alert program, visit www.amberalert.gov.

Facebook users can sign up to get alerts by state by visiting: http://www.facebook.com/AMBERalert

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at 1:01 PM

OJJDP Bulletin Describes Link Between Substance Use and Serious Offending

 

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has published "Substance Use and Delinquent Behavior Among Serious Adolescent Offenders."

This bulletin presents results from the Pathways to Desistance study, which interviewed more than 1,300 juvenile offenders for the 7 years after their conviction to determine what leads them to persist in or desist from serious offending. It focuses on understanding the connection between substance use and serious offending, including how these behaviors affect one another in adolescence and how they change in early adulthood, particularly when one behavior ceases.

Resources: "Substance Use and Delinquent Behavior Among Serious Adolescent Offenders" (NCJ 232790) is available at www.ojjdp.gov/publications/PubAbstract.asp?pubi=254883

Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Announcing the Release of a New CJJR Paper

 

“Improving the Effectiveness of Juvenile Justice Programs: A New Perspective on Evidence-Based Practice,” a paper co-authored by Dr. Mark W. Lipsey, Dr. James C. (Buddy) Howell, Marion R. Kelly, Gabrielle Chapman and Darin Carver. The paper was released at a symposium on December 3.

The paper presents a new approach to evidence-based practice that has the potential to produce better outcomes for youth involved in the juvenile justice system. The paper begins with an overview of the different approaches to evidence-based practice and introduces a tool Dr. Lipsey has developed to better make use of our vast knowledge base. It then embeds this new approach within a comprehensive juvenile justice framework that will allow our increased knowledge to benefit the entire juvenile justice continuum, rather than a handful programs serving a limited number of youth.

This paper serves as a launching point for a new portfolio of work at CJJR. Beginning in January 2011, CJJR will launch the Juvenile Justice System Improvement Project to work with three states to implement the approach detailed in the paper.

Resources:
“Improving the Effectiveness of Juvenile Justice Programs: A New Perspective on Evidence-Based Practice” is available online at
http://cjjr.georgetown.edu/resources.html

Monday, December 20, 2010 at 10:31 AM

OJJDP Bulletin Provides Overview of Gang Prevention Research

 

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has published "Gang Prevention: An Overview of Research and Programs." The bulletin presents an overview of gang research and programs in the United States and examines how gangs form and why youth join them. It also describes how community members can start assessing their gang problems and enhance prevention and intervention activities to help prevent delinquency and gang violence. The author identifies promising and effective programs for gang prevention.

Resources:
"Gang Prevention: An Overview of Research and Programs" (NCJ 231116) is available at www.ojjdp.gov/publications/PubAbstract.asp?pubi=253165.

Friday, December 17, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Webinar Evidence-based Case Management Practice Jan. 27 & 28, 2011

 

The Joyfield Institute for Professional Research will present a webinar on Evidence-based Practices for Effective Case Management

Dates: January 27 & 28, 2011
Times: 2:00 - 4:00 PM EST

Join online for this webinar presented by Mark Lowis, LMSW, MINT, President, MML Consulting, Inc. to learn evidence-based practices for this specialty area in human services.

Resources:
To learn more about this Webinar and register online, visit http://www.joyfields.org/trn/web/cm.html

Thursday, December 16, 2010 at 10:35 AM

MacArthur Foundation December 2010 Newsletter

 

The MacArthur Foundation December 2010 Newsletter on America's Fiscal Future is now available online at
http://www.kintera.org/cms.asp?id=1323624&campaign_id=152729&enString=x#feature

Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at 11:09 AM

American Prospect Report on Mass Incarceration in America

 

This special report from The American Prospect magazine Mass Incarceration in America includes essays from journalists and criminal justice experts on the policies that have contributed to the nation’s high rate of incarceration and the subsequent impact on youth and low-income communities of color in particular.

Kara Gotsch, Director of Advocacy for The Sentencing Project, contributed to the special report. Her article, “Bipartisan Justice” reviews the recent history of national criminal justice policy making, both punitive and progressive, and concludes that any movement to advance justice reform must incorporate a bipartisan strategy.

Resources:
"Mass Incarceration in America"
is available online at
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/americanprospect/20110102specialreport/#/0

Monday, December 13, 2010 at 2:25 PM

Report Offers Information on School Crime and Victimization

 

The Office of Justice Programs' Bureau of Justice Statistics, in collaboration with the National Center for Education Statistics, has published the report, "Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2010"

The report draws on federally funded studies to present detailed statistical information about the crime that occurs in school and on the way to and from school. It presents data from the perspectives of students, teachers, and principals. Topics addressed include bullying, victimization, fights, weapons, drug and alcohol use by students, school conditions, and student perceptions of personal safety.

Resources:
"Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2010" is available online at bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content/pub/pdf/iscs10.pdf.

Thursday, December 09, 2010 at 12:56 PM

Webinar to Discuss the Effects of Childhood Trauma in Girl's Lives

 

On December 14, 2010, at 2 p.m. E.T., the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health will present a Webinar on the effects of trauma over girls' lifespans.

Lifecourse Effects of Trauma in the Lives of Girls: Findings from the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study will explore the frequency of trauma in girls' childhood and discuss how that trauma affects women's physical and mental health and behavior. Participants will learn best practices in trauma-informed care and identify ways to integrate these practices when providing services to trauma victims.

Resources:
To learn more about this Webinar and register online, visit https://services.choruscall.com/links/womenshealth.html

Tuesday, December 07, 2010 at 4:35 PM