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The 2008 KIDS COUNT Data Book (Coming Soon!)

 

The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 19th annual KIDS COUNT Data Book will be released on June 12, 2008. The annual Data Book is a national and state-by-state profile of the well-being of America’s children that seeks to enrich discussions concerning ways to secure better futures for all kids.  The Data Book ranks states on 10 key measures and provides data on the economic, health, education, and social conditions of America’s children and families.  This year, the KIDS COUNT Data Book essay, “A Road Map for Juvenile Justice Reform” looks at the nearly 100,000 children confined to juvenile facilities on any given night in the United States, and what can be done to reduce unnecessary and inappropriate detention and incarceration and increase opportunities for positive youth development and community safety. 

The 2008 KIDS COUNT Data Book will be available beginning June 12, 2008 at www.kidscount.org.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 7:58 AM

CJJR Announces Two New Certificate Programs

 

The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) at Georgetown University Public Policy Institute is launching two revolutionary Certificate Programs designed to advance multi-systems work to improve outcomes for youth involved in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. One program is for Individuals and one is for Multi-Jurisdictional Teams called the Certificate Program/Breakthrough Series Collaborative. Both programs are designed to provide intensive study for leaders responsible for policy development and implementation in their jurisdictions in order to enhance systems integration and build a strong cadre of public agency leaders supportive of juvenile justice reform and better results for our young people. Participants will benefit from a deeper level of instruction and results- oriented activities. Faculty who will teach the modules are comprised of experts from across the country and within the Georgetown faculty.

Through the generous support of Casey Family Programs, the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, participating jurisdictions will be able to benefit from expert guidance, professional resources, and financial assistance to support their work across the juvenile justice and related systems of care. Individuals and jurisdictions will receive financial support for the travel, lodging and tuition for the Certificate Program (details are outlined in the Request for Applications available on the Center’s website: http://cjjr.georgetown.edu).

Tuesday, March 25, 2008 at 8:36 AM

Visit IssueLab.com's Juvenile Justice Close-up

 

Officially launched in Spring 2006, IssueLab is a wide-ranging, searchable and browseable archive of critical publications from non-profit organizations. They are featuring a close-up on juvenile justice which can be viewed at http://www.issuelab.com/juvenile_justice.php

Monday, December 17, 2007 at 5:22 AM

The Act 4 JJ Site is Live!

 

ACT 4 Juvenile Justice (ACT4JJ) is a campaign of the National Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Coalition composed of juvenile justice, child welfare and youth development organizations exploring opportunities related to the reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA), scheduled for 2007.

Visit www.act4jj.org

Thursday, July 05, 2007 at 9:57 AM

MACARTHUR ACTION NETWORK TO ADDRESS MENTAL HEALTH IN JUVENILE JUSTICE

 

Chicago, IL (June 19, 2007) – The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, which is investing $100 million to support and accelerate promising models of juvenile justice reform, is enlisting more states in its growing effort.  MacArthur today announced the creation of two new national “Action Networks,” one of which is focused on helping to improve the nation’s juvenile justice system by addressing the way the system deals with young people with mental health issues.  The Mental Health/Juvenile Justice Action Network will be coordinated by the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice at Policy Research Associates in Delmar, NY.  The NCMHJJ is currently accepting applications from states for participation in the Network as a Partnering State.
 
MacArthur has already committed $10 million each to reform efforts in Illinois, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and Washington through its Models for Change initiative.  Now, the Foundation wants additional states to join in these four states in a new national Action Network to improve the nation’s juvenile justice system.

The Mental Health/Juvenile Justice Action Network will develop innovative solutions and strategies to better identify and treat youth with mental health needs.  About 70 percent of youth in contact with the juvenile justice system have a mental health disorder and approximately 25 percent experience serious mental health problems.  A significant proportion of these youth also have substance use disorders. This issue was selected because it is among the biggest challenges in developing a more effective juvenile justice system.

“With action already underway in the four core states, these networks will help to accelerate the pace of change around improving mental health services in youth serving systems,” said MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton.  “The Foundation is seeking additional partners to join the Models for Change states as leaders in system reform.” 
 
The MacArthur Foundation is investing more than $1 million per year in each Network for each of the next three years, a total of more than $6 million.   Participating sites, which will be selected in September through an open application process, will work with leading national experts in the field to identify and implement innovative solutions to critical problems common across the country.  Possible strategies include the adoption of standardized mental health screening and assessment tools.

In addition to the MH/JJ Action Network, a second Action Network, one focusing on Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) will be administered by the Center for Children’s Law and Policy in Washington, DC.  After being selected through an open application process, participating sites will also work with leading national experts in these fields to identify and implement innovative solutions to critical problems common across the country, and exchange information and ideas with other jurisdictions addressing these issues. 


The Mental Health/Juvenile Justice Action Network

There are four primary objectives of the Mental Health/Juvenile Justice Action Network:

Objective 1: Foster development and exchange of ideas among the Network Sites through peer learning and information sharing;
Objective 2: Enhance and accelerate progress in the Network States by providing information, resources, and expertise; 
 Objective 3: Develop and implement effective new strategies to better identify and treat  youth with mental health needs in their juvenile justice systems; and
 Objective 4: Create leadership to drive change throughout the country.
 
States chosen to participate in the MH/JJ Action Network will receive support for their involvement in Network activities and will:

• Have access to leading experts in the field and the latest resources and information;
• Participate in an Annual Meeting where critical issues and new strategies will be highlighted, and a rich array of networking opportunities will take place;
• Engage in a new change process – the Strategic Innovation Groups – that will assist participating states in tackling complex issues with the advice and guidance of peers in other states and expert consultants;
• Have the opportunity to form a strong network of relationships with other states and local jurisdictions concerned about mental health and juvenile justice, and striving to bring about change; and
• Serve in a leadership capacity for other states and counties across the nation.

Application Process
Four states will be selected to participate in the Mental Health/Juvenile Justice Action Network as Partnering States.  Successful applicants will create a core team with representatives from juvenile justice, mental health, and other relevant state agencies, one to two local jurisdictions, and other key stakeholders. 

In addition, states will be required to:
• Participate in all Network activities;
• Develop baseline measures of key benchmarks for assessing issues that are the focus of the Network;
• Implement strategies and recommendations developed by the Strategic Innovation Groups; and
• Monitor the benchmarks as the recommendations are implemented in order to track the effect of those changes.

To apply for the Network, interested states need to complete an application form.  Applications will be evaluated on a series of criteria including: a demonstrated readiness for change as indicated by recent efforts to respond to justice involved youth with mental health issues; history of collaborative initiatives between involved agencies; involvement of senior level team members; and a commitment to using the Network to implement concrete changes.

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MacArthur’s Models for Change initiative supports the development of successful and sustainable models of juvenile justice reform through targeted investments in key states.  The Foundation seeks to accelerate progress toward a more effective, fair, and developmentally sound juvenile justice system that holds young people accountable for their actions, provides for their rehabilitation, protects them from harm, increases their life chances, and manages the risk they pose to themselves and to the public. 

In each state, a lead organization has identified targeted areas of improvement to leverage reform, and then partners with local, state and national partners to implement a plan to bring about system change in those targeted areas.  By sharing the lessons learned about successful juvenile justice reform with other states and communities, the goal is to motivate other states to take on the challenge.

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States interested in applying to become members of the Mental Health/Juvenile Justice Action Network should contact Meredith Ray-LaBatt, Associate Director, MH/JJ Action Network, NCMHJJ, at mraylabatt@prainc.com or (518) 439-7415 ext. 274. 

States will be required to complete comprehensive applications about the issues and their efforts to address them. Applications for the MH/JJ Action Network must be submitted no later than August 13, 2007.

Local jurisdictions and states interested in applying to become members of the DMC Action Network should contact Lisa M. Garry, DMC Policy Director, CCLP, at lgarry@cclp.org or (202) 637-0377 ext. 103 for more information about the DMC Network and application due date.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007 at 6:43 AM

Juvenile Justice Newsletter - The Link - Winter issue is online

 

Brought to you by the Child Welfare League of America:

The latest issue of The Link, CWLA's juvenile justice newsletter, is now online. The same Link you've relied on to explore the link between involvement in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems is now available only online as a downloadable PDF file (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

To download and read the latest issue of The Link, go to:

http://www.cwla.org/programs/juvenilejustice/jjdnewsletter.htm

If you know of others who would like to receive e-mail alerts when the newest issue of The Link is available on the CWLA website, invite them to sign up at:

http://www.cwla.org/programs/juvenilejustice/jjdnewsletter.htm

Friday, January 12, 2007 at 8:59 AM

NIDA Releases New Drug Abuse Treatment Publication

 

The office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), a member of the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (www.ncjrs.gov), would like to make you aware of the following resource. Please note that this item is not available from NCJRS.

*National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Releases New Drug Abuse Treatment Recommendations to Cut Costs, Save Money and Reduce Crime*

NIDA has released a FREE landmark scientific report showing that effective treatment of drug abuse and addiction can save communities money and reduce crime. Principles of Drug Abuse Treatment for Criminal Justice Populations

(http://www.drugabuse.gov/podatcj/) outlines some of the proven components for successful treatment of drug abusers who have entered the criminal justice system, leading to lower rates of drug abuse and criminal activity.

This comprehensive report offers 13 essential principles based on a review of the scientific literature on drug abuse treatment and criminal behavior.

Examples of important principles are that drug addiction is a brain disease that affects behavior, that recovery requires effective individualized treatment that may include medication, and that continuity of care is essential for drug abusers re-entering the community after a period of incarceration.

To order Principles of Drug Abuse Treatment for Criminal Justice Populations please access the NIDA publications catalog at:

http://ncadistore.samhsa.gov/catalogNIDA/PubDetails.aspx?ItemID=17449.

Requests for more than 10 copies may be directed to Brian Marquis at Bmarquis@nida.nih.gov.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006 at 10:45 AM

CJCJ Justice Policy Journal Vol 3, No 2

 

 

Check out the new issue of the Justice Policy Journal, CJCJ’s Premiere Online Academic Journal.

http://www.cjcj.org/jpj/index.php

Just released, the Fall 2006 issue has 6 articles covering a variety of topics:

  1. Degradation, Apathy, and Acceptable Casualties: Serving Time in a Women’s Federal Correctional Institute - Bernadette Olson

  1. Improving Compliance and Producing Positive Outcomes in the Mental Health Court Setting, with a Brief Look at Dynamic Risk Management - Randal B. Fritzler

  1. Adolescent Risk-Taking as a Justification for Paternalistic Legal Policy - John D. Hewitt, Robert M. Regoli and Christopher A. Kierkus

  1. “Smart” Policy Decisions to Combat a Social Problem: The Case of Child Abductions 2002-2003 - Glenn W. Muschert, Melissa Young-Spillers and Dawn Carr

  1. The System-Wide Effects of Capital Punishment on the American Criminal Justice System:  The Use of Computer Modeling in Death Penalty Research – Wendy Hicks

6.      Accreditation and Community Policing: Are They Neutral, Hostile, or Synergistic? An Empirical Test among Street Cops and Management Cops - Terry E. Gingerich and Gregory D. Russell

Monday, October 23, 2006 at 7:40 AM

Building Blocks for Institutional Safety

 

This bulletin Building Blocks for Institutional Safety is the first in a series to be published over the next 12 months.

These bulletins are being produced by the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice's Office of Research and Statistics under a grant from the National Institute of Justice to identify promising practices in the prevention and intervention of offender-on-offender sexual assaults. Researchers are working with experts in the field to identify juvenile facilities and jails with model policies and procedures which maintain safe environments.

For more information or to be placed on the mailing list contact: Peggy Heil at the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice, Peggy.Heil@cdps.state.co.us.

Click here to view the first publication in this series.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006 at 8:48 AM

MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice (ADJJ) Conference, Sept. 2006

 

Adolescent Development & Juvenile Justice:
Bringing Research to Practice in the Juvenile Justice System


    The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice (ADJJ) held a two- day conference Sept. 21-22, 2006 in Washington, DC that brought together the nation’s leading policy makers, practitioners and scholars in the field of juvenile justice. The conference highlighted the past 15 years’ work of the MacArthur Network, which was established to expand the base of knowledge of development, prevention and treatment of juvenile crime and delinquency, disseminate that knowledge, improve decision-making in the current system and prepare the way for the next generation of reform in juvenile justice policy and practice.


     Presentations were made on a variety of issues regarding contemporary juvenile justice policy and practice and findings from the newest scientific research on adolescent development, including:
• Adolescent Development and Criminal Blameworthiness: Is Immaturity a Mitigating Factor;
• Research on Pathways to Desistance;
• Youth’s Capacities as Decision-Makers in the Adjudicative Process; and
• Adolescent Development and Legal Policy.


    If you are interested in learning more about ADJJ’s Bringing Research to Policy and Practice, please click below to view PDF documents that include issue briefs, executive summaries and articles by ADJJ Network members. 

Click here to view the forum thread where links to reading materials are provided.

CJCA members only (you must be signed in!)

Thursday, September 21, 2006 at 9:00 AM

NCMHJJ: Blueprint for Change

 

The National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice (NCMHJJ) is pleased to announce the availability of the "Blueprint for Change: A Comprehensive Model for the Identification and Treatment of Youth with Mental Health Needs in Contact with the Juvenile Justice System"… For more information click on: Blueprint for Change

Monday, July 24, 2006 at 8:38 AM

OJJDP News @ a Glance: May/June 2006

 

The May/June 2006 edition of OJJDP’s News @ a Glance has just been released and is featuring the following articles: 
 -  OJJDP and COPS Sponsor Gang Prevention Webcasts
 -  HAY Initiative Promotes Positive Youth Development
 -  Missing Children's Day Commemoration Honors Victims, Families, and Law Enforcement
 -  AMBER Alert First Day of Issue Ceremony in Arlington, Texas
 -  National Network of Youth Ministries Offers Mentor Recruitment Kit
 -  Summer Training Opportunities

Click here to check it out!

Monday, July 10, 2006 at 6:38 AM

CWLA's The Link: Summer 2006 Edition

 

Check out the Child Welfare League of America’s (CWLA) quarterly newsletter:  The Link.  The Summer 2006 edition is featuring articles on:
 -  Improving System Responses to Crossover Youth:  The Role of Research and  Practice Partnerships.
 -  Project Redirect: Difficult Juveniles Get a New Outlook for the Future.
 -  Public Policy Update:  CWLA Joins in Cosponsoring Capitol Hill Briefings on  Funding for Juvenile Justice.
 -  Juvenile Justice News and Resources
Click here to check it out! 

Monday, July 10, 2006 at 6:16 AM

MADD Curriculum Helps Elementary Students Avoid Alcohol

 

MADD Curriculum Helps Elementary Students Avoid Alcohol

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the Hazelden Foundation are collaborating to bring the evidence-based alcohol prevention curriculum, Protecting You/Protecting Me, to elementary students.

The curriculum teaches pupils in grades 1-5 about the impact of alcohol on the developing brain and how to protect themselves if riding in a car with an alcohol-impaired driver. Its series of 40 lessons covers ways to handle unsafe situations, make good decisions, resist peer pressure, and talk to parents and other adults, among other topics.

http://www.pypm.org/ 

Monday, June 26, 2006 at 9:01 AM

Juvenile Residential Facility Census Bulletin

 

Bulletin Describes Juvenile Residential Facility Census

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) announces the availability of "Juvenile Residential Facility Census, 2002: Selected Findings." Written by Melissa Sickmund, Senior Research Associate, National Center for Juvenile Justice, this bulletin is part of OJJDP's National Report series.

The bulletin provides statistics on facilities and offenders by state and facility type, as well as national data on aspects of confinement, overcrowding, suicide, mental health screening, and deaths in custody.

View PDF: http://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/ojjdp/211080.pdf

 

Monday, June 26, 2006 at 8:43 AM

Child Support Training

 

The Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) has developed a series of training materials called "brown bags." To date, OCSE has released three training packages with plans to issue several more in the coming months. As each "brown bag" is released, it is posted on the OCSE website at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs.cse.pubs/training/index.cfm. The "brown bag" series is designed so that the training can be conducted by local child support staff within a one-hour timeframe. Issues covered include child support, security awareness, and family violence.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 at 9:36 AM

Mental Illness Treatment

 

Thousands of American parents are turning their children over to social workers or the police because it is the only way for the children to receive treatment for mental illnesses, reports the General Accounting Office. More than 12,700 children were placed in the child welfare or criminal justice system in 2001, which was the first attempt by the government to assess the scope of the problem. The GAO report said 32 states, including the largest five, did not provide data on how many children with mental illness were sent to child welfare agencies to receive treatment. Data on the number who ended up in the criminal justice system were based on just 30 counties nationwide. The report states that adolescent boys with mental illnesses are more likely to "act out," and adolescent girls with similar conditions tended to "act in" and become withdrawn. The GAO report found that communities that were able to lower the incidence of mental illness and keep troubled children and families intact were those that focused on prevention and flexibility.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 at 9:36 AM