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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).

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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:


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.


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.


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