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Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 3:30 PM

OJJDP Announces FY 2012 Funding Opportunities to Advance Juvenile Justice Reform


The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has announced the following funding opportunities:

Applications for both funding opportunities are due by 11:59 p.m. E.T. on August 23, 2012.

For further information, including eligibility criteria, application deadlines, and frequently asked questions, about the above and other current OJJDP solicitations, visit www.ojjdp.gov/funding/FundingList.asp .

Monday, July 30, 2012 at 12:42 PM

CJJ - New DSO reports


The Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ) has released two new publications as part of its work to change practice and policy to eliminate locked confinement of children and youths charged with status offenses and phase out the use of the Valid Court Order.

At a recent National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) meeting in New Orleans, CJJ presented its report entitled: "Positive Power: Exercising Judicial Leadership to Prevent Court Involvement and Incarceration of Non-Delinquent Youth."

CJJ also released an issue brief entitled: "A Judicial Perspective on the Deinstitutionalization of Status Offenders in the United States with Recommendations for Policy & Practice" jointly developed with NCJFCJ and the National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ). The brief reports results of a national NCJJ survey of more than 200 judicial officials from 43 states, regarding their views on DSO and makes recommendations based on a focus/advisory body of judges co-convened by CJJ and NCJJ this past January.

Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Public Safety Performance Project-Pew and Casey launch juvenile justice assistance in Georgia


Pew’s Public Safety Performance Project will provide technical assistance to improve Georgia’s juvenile justice system at the request of state leaders.

As we’ve done in other states, Pew, along with the Annie E. Casey Foundation and other partners, will collaborate with a bipartisan inter-branch working group to:

  • diagnose the factors driving the system’s growth and cost;
  • assess the extent to which the system is using evidence-based practices to reduce recidivism; and
  • facilitate consensus on a set of fiscally-sound, data-driven policy options.

Read the coverage of the first working group meeting in the Augusta Chronicle and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The governor’s Executive Order (PDF) calls on the working group to issue a report in December that recommends a comprehensive set of reforms to improve juvenile corrections outcomes.

Pew also is undertaking new national research on the juvenile justice system. Our team is developing a 50-state report on juvenile corrections populations and costs that will provide up-to-date, state-by-state information on how and where states are spending their juvenile justice dollars. Please sign up to our e-list to get the report when it is released and stay abreast of other project developments.

Growing numbers of state policy makers are realizing that research-based policies and programs can make their juvenile and criminal justice systems work better and cost less. We look forward to continuing to work with you to help states improve public safety, hold offenders accountable, and control corrections costs.

Click here for more information on the Public Safety Performance Project, http://www.pewstates.org/projects/public-safety-performance-project-328068.

Monday, July 23, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Levels Show National Performance


by Kim Godfrey, Executive Director

The April 2012 PbS improvement cycle is moving into site report analysis and facility improvement planning - the heart of PbS. While you’ve been looking at outcome measures, alignment of daily practices with mission and changes since last October, the PbS team has been reviewing the national data and I am very pleased to share a few highlights.

PbS is committed to treating youths in custody as one of our own. We are continually looking at information, data and indicators of the quality of life in facilities and residential programs. One tool we use to assess our impact is an aggregate analysis of the participants’ levels of performance. As you know, PbS created four levels designation to guide participants through incremental integration of PbS and sustainable positive change: http://pbstandards.org/uploads/headlines/Levels<em>Chart</em>2012_06.jpg

  • Level 1 assures facilities meet PbS definitions, sample size and process requirements;
  • Level 2 focuses on achieving successful safety and health outcomes;
  • Level 3 focuses on achieving successful programming, reintegration and fairness outcomes; and
  • Level 4 signifies a mentor program that has mastered all of the previous levels.

As we’d hoped, more and more PbS participants are moving into higher and higher levels of performance. Since we began using the PbS levels data in 2008 to indicate every sites’ level of performance, which is later verified on-site by PbS coaches, not only have we seen a continual increase in the number of highest performing sites but also a continuous decrease in the number of sites struggling with the entry level requirements. In April 2012, more PbS sites were in Level 4 (17 or 11 percent) than in Level 1 (nine or 6 percent.)

By far, most participants are working on Level 2 (about 60 percent of all participants), largely because new participants are mastering the basics during the first year of Candidacy participation and following the instructions of Candidacy Program Manager Akin Fadeyi! It is interesting to note the almost mirror paths of Level 1 (blue) and Level 2 (red) facilities: as one increases, the other decreases. Level 3 facilities have climbed steadily from just under 20 percent to almost 25 percent of PbS participants. (We report percent of participants because the actual number of participants changes each data collection, however, the numbers show very similar change.)

Thank you for your hard work and commitment to improving juvenile justice systems. As always, I look forward to our work together to provide best possible opportunities for young offenders to turn their lives around.

Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Report summarizes BJS PREA Data Collection Activities


The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) has released PREA Data Collection Activities, 2012.

The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA; P.L. 108-79) requires the Attorney General to submit to Congress, not later than June 30 of each year, a report on the activities of the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) for the preceding calendar year. This document fulfills this requirement

Click here for the PREA Data Collection Activities full pdf report: http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/pdca12.pdf

Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Supreme Court Bans Life Without Parole for Juveniles Convicted of Murder


On Monday, June 25, 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that state laws that mandatorily sentence juveniles convicted of murder to life in prison without parole are unconstitutional. Life without parole for juveniles violates the Eighth Amendment's prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment, the high court ruled in a 5-4 decision. The ruling could affect nearly 2,500 juvenile prisoners.

This decision reflects recent Supreme Court rulings on juvenile sentencing. The high court in 2010 declared juveniles found guilty of non-homicides could not receive life without parole, and in 2005 the court banned the death penalty for juveniles.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 5:04 PM

2012 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award Winners Announced


The PbS Learning Institute is proud to announce the winners of the 2012 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award given annually to one youth correctional facility and one detention center that best exemplify the core principle of the Performance-based Standards (PbS) program: treating all youths in custody as one of our own.

The 2012 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award winners are:

Cuyahoga Hills Juvenile Correctional Facility, Highland Hills, OH & Weber Valley Detention Center, Roy, UT

The winners were selected in a competitive application process open to all PbS facilities across the country. More than 30 high-quality applications were submitted and all demonstrated how implementation of the national Performance-based Standards (PbS) program resulted in positive outcomes for youths, staff and families. PbS sets national standards for facility quality of life and rehabilitation services and provides facilities with a blueprint for daily operations that includes performance outcome measures, best practices and processes to achieve the standards PbS facilities measure and monitor.

PbS began in 1995 when CJCA, the national organization of state juvenile correctional agency leaders, was charged with the task of finding a way to improve juvenile facilities across the United States in response to the Congressionally-mandated 1994 Conditions of Confinement Study. The program was funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and launched by Barbara Allen-Hagen, Program Manager. The award was established in 2007 when she retired to honor her dedication and commitment to youths in custody.

PbS is operated by its own independent non-profit organization, the PbS Learning Institute (PbS Li). PbS currently is used in 26 states and the District of Columbia and was a winner of the 2004 Innovations in American Government Award from the Ash Institute at Harvard University for providing juvenile justice agencies with an effective and unique self-improvement system. PbS Li has also recently expanded the PbS model of performance evaluation in secure facilities to community residential programs through its Community-based Standards (CbS) program. CbS is currently in being implemented in eight states.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 3:09 PM

AWEC announces 16th Annual Membership Training Conference


Association of Women Executives in Corrections (AWEC) announces Women as Born Leaders: Developing Our Natural Talents,16th Annual Membership Training Institute.

This conference will be held at the:
Double Tree by Hilton Hotel
Little Rock, Arkansas
September 14-16, 2012

Resources: Click here for the AWEC flyer and registration forms, http://www.awec.us/awec-professional-development.

Monday, May 21, 2012 at 4:59 PM

New Analysis Shows Reentry Programs Can Decrease Recidivism


The United States Department of Justice's National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has released new results from data collected from a multi-site evaluation of the Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative (SVORI). SVORI is a federal initiative that funds a number of locally-designed juvenile and adult reentry programs throughout the United States. Reentry programming and services are designed to facilitate offenders' transition from prison, with the goal of increasing access to reentry services.

The re-analysis of previously collected data examined existing SVORI programs and found that participation in SVORI resulted in fewer arrests. Participation was also associated with a $3,567 per inmate reduction in arrest-related costs for adult males.

TITLE: Prisoner Reentry Services: what Worked for SVORI Evaluation Participants?
AUTHOR: Pamela K. Lattimore
WHERE: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/238214.pdf
About the NIJ The National Institute of Justice — the research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice — is dedicated to improving knowledge and understanding of crime and justice issues through science. NIJ provides objective and independent knowledge and tools to reduce crime and promote justice, particularly at the state and local levels.

The Office of Justice Programs (OJP), headed by Acting Assistant Attorney General Mary Lou Leary provides federal leadership in developing the nation's capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice, and assist victims. OJP has six bureaus and offices: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the National Institute of Justice; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; the Office for Victims of Crime; and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART). More information about OJP and its components can be found at www.ojp.gov.

Monday, May 21, 2012 at 10:49 AM

New Publications on the WSIPP Website


The Washington State Institute for Public Policy (Institute) has recently posted the following publications online:

Return on Investment: Evidence-Based Options to Improve Statewide Outcomes (April 2012 Update)

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.” This report summarizes our findings as of April 2012. Readers can download the technical appendix for details about our methods. (April 2012) Stephanie Lee, Steve Aos, Elizabeth Drake, Annie Pennucci, Marna Miller, Laurie Anderson. #12-04-1201.

Preliminary Report: Did Expanding Eligibility for the Family Caregiver Support Program Reduce the Use of Long-Term Care http://www.wsipp.wa.gov/rptfiles/12-02-3901.pdf

A family caregiver voluntarily cares for a parent, spouse, partner, or another adult relative or friend. The assistance that family caregivers provide may allow care recipients to remain at home rather than in long-term care. The Family Caregiver Support Program (FCSP) at the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) provides resources and services to unpaid family caregivers in Washington State. In concert with the state’s 13 Area Agencies on Aging, the FCSP provides information and outreach; screening, assessment, consultation, coordination of services, and caregiver support services and resources. The program directly served 5,800 caregivers in fiscal year 2011. For fiscal year 2012, the legislature increased funding for FCSP to expand in-depth services to more caregivers. The legislature also directed the Institute to work with DSHS to establish and review outcome measures associated with the FCSP expansion. The goal of the study is to assess whether the expansion of this program delays entry of care recipients into Medicaid-paid long-term care. This report gives a brief description of the program and outlines the approach to evaluation. A final report will be published by August 30, 2012. (February 2012) Jim Mayfield, Marna Miller. #12-02-3901.

If you have any questions regarding the above reports, please call the Institute at (360) 586-2677.

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

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Register Now for "Best Practices in Behavioral Health Treatment for Juveniles Returning from Out-of-Home Placement"


The National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC) announces webinar, WEBINAR: BEST PRACTICES IN BEHAVIORAL HEALTH TREATMENT FOR JUVENILES RETURNING FROM OUT-OF-HOME PLACEMENT. In order to provide effective behavioral health treatment to justice-involved youth, juvenile justice authorities and their partners must be equipped to quickly identify behavioral health treatment needs, make referrals to appropriate services, and provide treatment and other necessary supports both while the youth is in custody and during his/her reentry process. Recent research on best practices in behavioral health treatment for youth underscores the importance of a continuum of care model. According to the research, this model should incorporate the following core elements:

  • Rapid and reliable identification of a young person’s treatment and support needs;
  • Effective and promising treatment interventions;

  • Knowledge of the fundamental elements of any effective treatment intervention for youth;

  • A network of community agencies that provide effective treatment interventions;

  • Utilization decisions that are driven by outcomes and relative cost-effectiveness;

  • Availability of continuing care and recovery support that is tailored to this population; and

  • Supportive services that resonate with youth.

This webinar, which is the first in a two-part series, will focus on both identifying behavioral needs and delivering treatment based on best practices while the youth is in placement. Speakers will discuss the use of risk and needs assessments and the need to properly balance youths’ criminogenic risk factors with their behavioral health treatment needs in developing a treatment plan that will prepare them for reentry. The second webinar in the series, which will focus on the transition from placement to the community, will discuss ways that community supervision agencies and treatment providers can best support youth with behavioral health treatment needs; the date and time will be announced soon.

- Shay Bilchik, founder and director, Center for Juvenile Justice Reform, Georgetown University Public Policy Institute
- Randy Muck, M.Ed., senior clinical consultant, Advocates for Youth and Family Behavioral Health Treatment, LLC
- Gina Vincent, Ph.D., associate professor, Center for Mental Health Services Research, University of Massachusetts Medical School; co-director, National Youth Screening and Assessment Project
- Susan Cycyk, M.Ed., director, Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health Services, Delaware Children's Department
- Judge Michael Nash, presiding judge, Los Angeles Juvenile Court

Date: Monday, May 7, 2012
Time: 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET

To register for this webinar, click here.

Monday, April 23, 2012 at 4:49 PM

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Risk Assessment and Mental Health Screening in Juvenile Probation


The National Youth Screening and Assessment Project (NYSAP) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School invites applications from juvenile justice jurisdictions (e.g., probation agencies, judicial commissions, defender or prosecutor organizations) to participate in the Risk and Mental Health Screening and Assessment of Youth (RAMSAY) Technical Assistance Demonstration Project. This project is co-funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Participation in RAMSAY could greatly enhance the effectiveness with which a juvenile justice jurisdiction makes case management decisions, optimally resulting in improved allocation of resources, reduced costs, and reduced likelihood of further delinquency.

Participating jurisdictions will receive technical assistance at no cost for up to 18 months to implement an empirically validated risk assessment tool (to be selected in consultation with NYSAP) and a well-researched mental health screening tool, the Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument-Second Version (MAYSI-2), for use by juvenile probation officers. Jurisdictions also will benefit in several other ways. NYSAP will:

  • Provide funds to hire a part-time Assessment Coordinator (e.g., a regional manager or deputy of the probation office)

  • Provide funds for costs associated with any enhancements to the existing database management system needed to record necessary data

  • Provide training to several stakeholder groups about the research based decision-making model for case planning

  • Hire experts to train staff on the risk assessment tool selected and on the MAYSI-2 (the author of the MAYSI-2, Thomas Grisso, Ph.D., will provide training on that tool)

  • Purchase manuals of the risk assessment tool for each probation officer

  • Purchase computer software for administering the MAYSI-2 (MAYSIWARE)

The full announcement that describes the eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and application process is available at http://www.nysap.us/. Applications are due by May 9, 2012.

For more information, please contact Dr. Laura Guy, the Principal Investigator, at laura.guy@umassmed.edu.

Monday, April 23, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Now Available! Application for Information Sharing Certificate Program


The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University, in partnership with the Juvenile Law Center, is pleased to announce that the application for the inaugural Information Sharing Certificate Program is now available.

Information Sharing Certificate Program
October 1-4, 2012
Washington, DC
Application Deadline: June 28, 2012

This new program, supported with funding from the MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change Initiative, is designed to enable leaders in the juvenile justice, child welfare, education, behavioral health and other child serving fields to overcome information sharing challenges that prevent the communication and coordination that is necessary to more fully serve youth known across multiple systems of care. Upon completion of the intensive three-day learning experience, participants apply the knowledge they gain through the development and implementation of a Capstone Project—an action agenda they undertake in their organization/community to initiate or enhance information sharing efforts. To accelerate these efforts, it is strongly encouraged that those interested in attending form a team from their jurisdiction to apply to the program.

Faculty for the program is comprised of information sharing, juvenile justice and child welfare subject matter experts from across the country who will deliver a curriculum designed to increase participants' ability to solve real-life problems when they return home.Thanks to the MacArthur Foundation, tuition subsidies are available for those with financial need.

For more information on the program, please visit: http://cjjr.georgetown.edu/certprogs/informationsharing/certificateinformationsharing.html

If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact Kristina Rosinsky, Program Manager, at klr45@georgetown.edu.

Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 3:26 PM

OJJDP Releases Second Issue of Journal of Juvenile Justice


The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has published the second issue of the online Journal of Juvenile Justice, a semi-annual, peer-reviewed journal that addresses a variety of issues in juvenile justice.

This issue features articles on truancy intervention, polygraph testing for juveniles, homeless youth and arrest history, education in juvenile detention facilities, and juvenile reentry.

Manuscripts for the third and fourth issues are currently being accepted. Visit the Journal of Juvenile Justice Web site for details.

Access the Journal of Juvenile Justice at www.journalofjuvjustice.org.

Manuscripts are now being accepted at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jojj

Monday, April 9, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Juvenile Competence to Stand Trial Legislative Guide


Models for Change has a new resource on juvenile competence to stand trial (JCST) entitled Developing Statutes for Competence to Stand Trial in Juvenile Delinquency Proceedings: A Guide for Lawmakers .

This guide, authored by Kimberly Larson, J.D., Ph.D. and Thomas Grisso, Ph.D. as part of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change Initiative and the National Youth Screening and Assessment Project (NYSAP), will assist state policymakers in the creation of JCST legislation.

During the past 10 years, research on court-involved youths’ capacities to participate in their defense has underscored the need for special care in applying competence to stand trial to juveniles. Currently, states around the country are working toward the creation of developmentally appropriate laws to help protect juveniles’ due process rights. In the past decade, at least 15 states have developed new JCST statutes. Nevertheless, most states have not yet developed statutory guidance for the application of CST in juvenile courts.

Written for legislators, their staff, judges, attorneys, and clinicians, this new guide will assist policymakers interested in creating or changing JCST legislation in their states to locate the key issues and concepts. The guide first provides the reader with an overview of important background information regarding competence to stand trial, its historical application to youth, and recent developmental research on both the brain and behavior of juveniles. It then outlines the 16 main issues that policymakers ought to consider in the creation of JCST laws, and the pros and cons for each possible solution regarding these questions. Whenever clinical or empirical evidence supports it, the guide also provides recommendations regarding each of these issues.

The full document as well as other important information on juvenile competency legislation is available at MacArthur Foundation Website http://modelsforchange.net/publications/330 or the Center for Mental Health Services at http://www.umassmed.edu/uploadedFiles/cmhsr/ProductsandPublications/reportspapersmanuals/developing_statutes.pdf.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Youth Transition Funders Group Releases Juvenile Justice Blueprint


This week, the Juvenile Justice Work Group of the Youth Transition Funders Group (YTFG), comprised of regional and national grantmakers working across fields of justice, education, foster care and mental health, released the third edition of the report, "Juvenile Justice Reform: A Blueprint" available online at: http://www.ytfg.org/documents/Blueprint_JJReform.pdf.

Members of this work group are committed to funding systems and programs that serve justice-involved youth, seizing opportunities to reduce harm, address fairness, promote public safety and save taxpayer dollars.

For more information, visit: www.ytfg.org.

Monday, April 2, 2012 at 4:14 PM

OJJDP Announces FY 2012 Mentoring Focused Funding Opportunities


The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has announced the following funding opportunities:

  • Mentoring Enhancement Demonstration Program. OJJDP will support evidence-based enhancements to improve the effectiveness of mentoring programs and reduce risk factors for juvenile delinquency. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. E.T. on May 14, 2012.
  • Multi-State Mentoring Initiative. This program will fund efforts to build the capacity of organizations to implement mentoring programs across multiple states. Applicants must propose developing or implementing mentoring programming in at least five states. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. E.T. on May 16, 2012.
  • Local Mentoring Coordinator Program. This grant opportunity provides funding to support the coordination and enhancement of existing mentoring programs through a mentoring coordinator staff position. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. E.T. on May 14, 2012.

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

Monday, April 2, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Second Chance Act Juvenile Reentry Solicitation Released


The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) recently released the solicitation for Second Chance Act grant applications to state and local governments and federally recognized Indian tribes for juvenile reentry demonstration projects. This funding is available to help jurisdictions develop and implement programs and strategies to reduce recidivism and ensure safe and successful reentry of juveniles released from prisons, jails, and juvenile detention facilities back to the community. The deadline for submitting an application is May 14, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. ET. To download the solicitation, click here.

Friday, March 30, 2012 at 3:28 PM

BJS Releases Justice Assistance Grant Program Report


The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) has released, “Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program 2011.”

This technical report describes the steps used in the Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) formula calculation process and presents summary results of the FY 2011 formula calculations. BJS calculates the formulas and the Bureau of Justice Assistance administers the JAG program. Funds are distributed to states and localities based on resident population and violent crime data reported to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program. In total, approximately $368.3 million was allocated for the FY 2011 JAG awards. About $237.1 million was distributed to the states, $8.9 million to the territories and the District of Columbia, and $122.3 million to local governments.

"Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program 2011" (NCJ 237732) is available online at www.ncjrs.gov/BJSReleases/jagp11.htm .

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 4:42 PM

New Second Chance Act Solicitation for Probation Initiatives


Earlier today, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance released the solicitation for the Second Chance Act’s grant program for probation initiatives, entitled “Smart Probation: Reducing Prison Populations, Saving Money, and Creating Safer Communities.” The "Smart Probation" program assists state, local, and tribal agencies in developing and implementing strategies to improve probation supervision and reduce recidivism. These strategies may include incorporating evidence-based practices, expanding technical assistance and resources available to staff, and promoting greater collaboration among partners, among others.

To download the solicitation, click here. Applications are due by 11:59 pm ET on May 21, 2012.

For those who are interested in applying, the CSG Justice Center will host a webinar on the program and solicitation on Thursday, April 26th at 2 pm ETThursday, April 26th at 2 pm ET. To register for the webinar, click here.

Additional Resources:
To read more on Second Chance Act programs, click here.

To read the CSG Justice Center publication A Ten-Step Guide to Transforming Probation Departments to Reduce Recidivism, click here.

Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 5:49 PM

JLWOP Arguments Update


The transcripts are now available following today’s arguments before the Supreme Court in Miller v. Alabama and Jackson v. Hobbs, the transcripts were just released and can be found here: http://www.supremecourt.gov/oralarguments/argumenttranscripts/10-9646.pdf


The Supreme Court blog was also just released and it provides a detailed preliminary analysis here:

Additional news coverage: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20120320/us-supreme-court-juvenile-life-sentences/

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 4:59 PM

National Public Radio-Do Juvenile Killers Deserve Life Behind Bars?


The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments today in two homicide cases testing whether it is unconstitutionally cruel and unusual punishment to sentence a 14-year-old to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

There are currently 79 of these juvenile killers who will die in prison. What's more, in many states, the penalty is mandatory, meaning neither judge nor jury is allowed to consider the youngster's age or background in meting out the sentence.

CJCA is made reference to in this article.


View the full story or listen to the story here:

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 3:16 PM

NIC Releases Report to the Nation


The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) recently released its annual report to the nation for fiscal year 2011. The report gives readers an introduction to the National Institute of Corrections—the nation’s center for training, information, and technical assistance in corrections—and outlines developments on the agency’s progress on statewide and national initiatives.

Highlights of the report include:

  • Phase 2 development of the Evidence-Based Decision Making framework and state site selections for implementation in Mesa, CO; Grant County, IN; Ramsey County, MN; Yamhill County, OR; City of Charlottesville/Albermarle County, VA; Eau Claire County, WI; and Milwaukee County, WI.

  • Updates on state technical assistance and training in the NIC Learning Center, PREA Learning Center, and at locations throughout the country.

  • The opening of the National Corrections Academy in Aurora, CO.

  • Availability of Prison Rape Elimination Act resources and free training on the NIC website at www.nicic.gov/PREA.

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RESOURCES: View here for the full report, http://nicic.gov/Library/025348

Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 11:07 AM

South Carolina DJJ in the News - The House that DJJ built


Workers lifted a Habitat for Humanity house over a fence from a South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice facility in Columbia, S.C.. Youths at the facility worked with volunteers to build the home for a woman whose son suffers from cerebral palsy.

This was the Wall Street Journal Photo of the Day on January 24, 2012, view the full article here, http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203718504577181162467480228.html#slide/3.

To read more on this event, visit The House that DJJ Built, http://www.habitatcsc.org/component/content/article/12-Partnership/164-djj.html

Friday, March 9, 2012 at 12:55 PM



The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation are collaborating on a $1 million effort targeting the behavioral health needs of youth in contact with the juvenile justice system. The project is aimed at diverting youth with behavioral health conditions from the juvenile justice system to community-based programs and services.

Most youth in contact with the juvenile justice system have a diagnosable mental or substance use disorder. Studies have found that 60-70 percent of youth in the juvenile justice system met criteria for a mental disorder; over 60 percent of these youth also met criteria for a substance use disorder. Of those youth with mental and substance disorders, almost 30 percent experienced disorders so severe that their ability to function was highly impaired. Youth suffering from these behavioral health disorders often end up unnecessarily in the juvenile justice system rather than getting the proper help they need – help that could vastly improve their prospects for attaining healthy, productive lives.

Under this initiative, up to eight states will be selected competitively to participate based on their commitment to improving policies and programs for these youth. This innovative collaborative effort integrates SAMHSA’s Policy Academy mechanism, which brings together state leadership teams to learn about effective interventions and the latest research, and the MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change Action Network strategy, which supports and links teams working on similar innovations in policy and practice. These combined resources will support state efforts to develop and implement policies and programs that divert youth away from the juvenile justice system early. The initiative will emphasize:

  • Reducing the overrepresentation of youth of color in the juvenile justice system;

  • Incorporating screening and assessment practices throughout the juvenile justice system; and

  • Recognizing the important roles of evidence-based practice, treatment, and trauma-informed services.

Technical assistance will be provided to the selected states throughout the duration of this initiative to guide the establishment of models and strategies for diverting youth with co-occurring mental and substance use disorders as early as possible from the juvenile justice system to appropriate community based behavioral health service.

This project will be coordinated by the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice at Policy Research Associates, Inc. and the Technical Assistance Collaborative, Inc. For more information or for an application, contact Joe Cocozza at jcocozza@prainc.com or John Morris at jmorris@tacinc.org.

Resources: Full Press Release can be found at http://www.macfound.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=lkLXJ8MQKrH&b=6479569&ct=11659439

Friday, March 9, 2012 at 10:25 AM

National Adult and Juvenile Offender Reentry Resource Center FY 2012 Grant Announcement


The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), is pleased to announce that it is seeking applications for funding to operate a National Adult and Juvenile Offender Reentry Resource Center under the Second Chance Act. This program furthers the Department’s commitment to providing services and programs to facilitate offenders’ successful reintegration into society.

Eligible applicants are limited to any national nonprofit organization (including a tribal nonprofit organization) that provides reentry programming training and technical assistance, and has special expertise and national-level experience in effective practices in offender reentry programming and research application. BJA may elect to make awards for applications submitted under this solicitation in future fiscal years, dependent on the merit of the applications and on the availability of appropriations in future years.

Applicants must register with Grants.gov prior to submitting an application. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on April 19, 2012.

Contact Information
For technical assistance with submitting an application, contact the Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline at 800-518-4726 or 606-545-5035, or via e-mail to support@grants.gov.

For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact the BJA Justice Information Center at 1–877–927–5657, via e-mail to JIC@telesishq.com, or by live web chat.

For Full Announcement, go to http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA/grant/12ReentryResourceCenterSol.pdf

Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Announcing the Juvenile Justice Quarterly Newsletter


Announcing the Juvenile Justice Quarterly – the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) electronic newsletter for state legislators, legislative staff, and others interested in state juvenile justice policy. This newsletter provides periodic updates on juvenile justice legislation and budgets; highlights innovative policies and programs; and connects you with new reports and news of upcoming NCSL events.

The Juvenile Justice Quarterly is prepared under a partnership project of NCSL’s Criminal Justice Program and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The NCSL project is designed to help states tap the best research and information available in considering juvenile justice policy options and reforms.

Current and previous issues can always be accessed at the Juvenile Justice Quarterly homepage, http://www.ncsl.org/default.aspx?tabid=24391.

For questions, comments, or feedback please contact Anne Teigen at anne.teigen@ncsl.orgor Rich Williams at rich.williams@ncsl.org or (303) 364-7700.

Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 2:26 PM

OJJDP-RFK announce a new Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare System Integration Technical Assistance initiative


The Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps is pleased to announce a new Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare System Integration Technical Assistance initiative. This project is jointly supported by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (MacArthur Foundation), and is being coordinated and managed by the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps which is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. Utilizing proven tools, procedures, protocols and publications developed and utilized during the MacArthur Foundation Models for Change initiative (including the Guidebook for Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare System Coordination and Integration: Framework for Improved Outcomes by Janet K. Wiig with John A. Tuell, CWLA, 2004, revised 2008), four competitively selected jurisdictions will receive technical assistance and consultation during a 12 month period designed to improve outcomes for youth and families that populate multiple youth systems.

This project is part of a broader collaboration between OJJDP and the MacArthur Foundation and includes three additional initiatives:

  • Disproportionate Minority Contact Reduction: Using a data-driven approach and effective strategies to achieve measurable reductions in racial and ethnic disparities within the juvenile justice system. The Center for Children’s Law and Policy (CCLP) will provide technical assistance and project oversight. Contact CCLP at tdavis@cclp.org.
  • Mental Health Screening and Risk/Needs Assessment: Using evidence-based tools for effective case planning to achieve reductions in out-of-home placements and recidivism. The National Youth Screening and Assessment Project (NYSAP) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School will provide technical assistance and project oversight. Contact NYSAP at Laura.Guy@umassmed.edu.
  • Mental Health Training for JuvenileJustice: Providing comprehensive adolescent development and mental health training to juvenile correctional and detention staff to improve staff knowledge, understanding and ability respond to youth with mental health needs. The National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice at Policy Research, Inc., will provide technical assistance and project oversight. Contact NCMHJJ at kskowyra@prainc.com.

OJJDP and the MacArthur Foundation are interested in involving as many jurisdictions as possible in this collaboration. While jurisdictions are not prohibited from applying for more than one initiative, the selection process will consider whether a jurisdiction is applying for multiple projects.

For more information on the Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare System Integration Technical Assistance initiative, including eligibility criteria, application instructions and deadlines, please visit http://www.rfkchildren.org or contact John A. Tuell (jtuell@rfkchildren.org) or Janet K. Wiig (jwiig@rfkchildren.org), Co-Directors for the project.

Information Guide and Request for Applications is available at: http://www.rfkchildren.org/images/stories/ojjdp-rfk%20requestforproposal.pdf
Demonstration Project Application Form is available at: http://www.rfkchildren.org/images/stories/ojjdp-rfk%20application%20form.pdf

Monday, February 27, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Suicide prevention webinar for JJ state agency directors


Suicide Prevention in Juvenile Detention and Correctional Facilities

Webinars hosted by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center & the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators

Part 1: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 and Part 2: Tuesday, March 6, 2012	
        3:00-4:30 Eastern Time			        3:00-4:30 Eastern Time

It is important to participate in both webinars to experience the entire training. Part one will be on 2/28. Part two will be on 3/6.

During this two-part webinar series, participants will spend time discussing a range of issues related to suicide prevention in juvenile detention and correctional facilities. We will discuss:

  • how negative attitudes regarding prevention impede our suicide prevention efforts
  • demographic and facility characteristics of juvenile suicide
  • suicide prevention policies and procedures
  • responding to a suicide within the facility (case study)

This webinar series is appropriate for anyone who has responsibility for creating or implementing suicide prevention policies within juvenile detention and correctional facilities including:

  • state juvenile correctional administrators
  • facility directors
  • mental health directors
  • training directors

Presenter: Lindsay M. Hayes, Project Director, National Center on Institutions and Alternatives
Mr. Hayes is a nationally recognized expert on suicide prevention in correctional settings. Mr. Hayes has conducted the only national studies of suicide in jails, prisons and juvenile facilities for the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ). He is a technical assistant consultant that assesses suicide prevention practices and conducts training seminars in state and local juvenile facilities throughout the country, and also acts as a federal court monitor and consultant to the USDOJ’s Civil Rights Division

How to register for the webinars: Registration is required and space is limited. Click here to register or paste the following URL into your browser: http://edc.adobeconnect.com/sprc-cjca/event/registration.html.

Contact for questions and technical support:
If you have any questions, contact Tiffany Kim, SPRC Training Coordinator, at tkim@edc.org or 202-572-3717.
Also contact Tiffany if you’d like to schedule a time to test your connection to Adobe Connect (the webinar platform) and the phone line prior to the live event.

Friday, February 17, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Race & Justice News: Race, Incarceration, and Wage Growth


Race and incarceration have a compounded effect on wage growth

A study by Christopher Lyons & Becky Pettit published in Social Problems and reviewed in Criminological Highlights examined the compounded effect of race and incarceration on wages of black and white residents of Washington State. The researchers tracked the average hourly wages of individuals for two years prior to incarceration and two years after release. Blacks not only tended to earn less than whites, but after incarceration the gap between the hourly wages of blacks and whites increased. This widening gap occurred even when various other factors were controlled. These included employment history, education, offense type, length of sentence, and age. The study also found that a favorable work history did not help those who had been incarcerated as much as it did those who had not been incarcerated.

Click here at The Sentencing Project: Race and Justice News for more information; http://www.sentencingproject.org/detail/news.cfm?news_id=1241&id=167

Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Blueprints for Violence Prevention - EARLY REGISTRATION ENDS TOMMORROW!


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The early registration period ends tomorrow, February 15. Take advantage of the discounted rate for one of the most widely-anticipated conferences focusing on model and promising evidence-based programs for youth.

April 11-13, 2012 Marriott Rivercenter San Antonio, Texas

Conference Rates: '
Pre-conference (Wednesday, April 11, 2012): $150
Main conference (Thursday - Friday, April 12 - 13, 2012):
$250 - Early registration fee (ends on February 15, 2012)
$350 - Regular registration fee

Registration is on a first come, first serve basis and will close on March 23, 2012.

Download the conference agenda online.

Click here for more information, www.blueprintsconference.com

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Reducing Recidivism in Your Jurisdiction: Materials from an Unprecedented Forum of Leaders from All 50 States


National Entry Resource Center-Video footage, pictures, and presentations from a groundbreaking forum on recidivism and reentry are now available on the National Reentry Resource Center website. The forum, coordinated by the Council of State Governments Justice Center, brought together leaders from all 50 states. Click here to learn more and to access these resources.

To bring home one of the key themes from the forum, we have also published a case study from Vermont on how policymakers made it easier to track changes in their state’s recidivism rates. Throughout the forum, many state leaders discussed the difficulty they faced in generating routine reports that clearly and succinctly track changes in the state’s recidivism rates. Without such user-friendly, practical, and current data, designing a recidivism-reduction plan that is likely to succeed and that can be monitored effectively is nearly impossible. “It’s really hard making policy if you don’t have good data to base it on,” Vermont State Senator Richard Sears said. Without such information, he added, “we couldn’t say what programs were working and where to invest money.”

This case study describes Vermont’s experience establishing and maintaining a reliable recidivism measure as part of its statewide recidivism reduction strategy — a challenge that will be familiar to policymakers everywhere. The steps that Vermont policymakers took to address this challenge are a useful example of what state (and local) leaders grappling with similar issues can do in their jurisdictions.

Resources: To read this case study, Making it Count: What Policymakers Everywhere Can Learn From Vermont’s Experience Improving How They Tracked Recidivism, click here.

Monday, February 13, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Your NC4YC Webinar Invitation: Join us for "Building a Continuum of Services for Youth in Custody"


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Building a Continuum of Services for Youth in Custody

Join us for a Webinar on March 7
Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/215916894

The fact is that we do know a substantial amount about what works for youth who are committed to our juvenile justice systems. Effective systems feature a range of services – a continuum of services – and do not place all or most offenders in the same type of program. While the range of programs may vary, they are guided by research and characteristics of effective programs; youth are placed based on an assessment matching a youth’s risk to public safety and his specific needs; and the community is engaged and viewed as partners in program design, delivery and evaluation of outcomes. NC4YC is proud to present the webinar: “Building a Continuum of Services for Youth in Custody: Effective Programs, Risk and Needs Assessment and Engaging the Community”. The distinguished panelists and moderator will engage participants in an interactive discussion regarding:

  1. Core elements of effective programs: the components of a successful “Continuum of Services”
  2. Building the “Continuum of Services” by strategically aligning programs into an effective array of services
  3. Strategies for engaging the community at various levels of the Continuum of Services

Ms. Elissa Rumsey, Compliance Monitoring Coordinator, USDOJ/OJJDP

With Special Opening Remarks by OJJDP Acting Director, Ms. Melodee Hanes

Mr. Paul DeMuro, Senior Consultant to the Annie E. Casey Foundation and to the National Juvenile Detention Association.

Mr. Tim Decker, Director of the Missouri Division of Youth Services

Mr. Michael Lawson, Youth and Family Advocate

View the full description of this webinar at: http://nc4yc.org/component/eventlist/categoryevents/1-webinar.html

Title: Building a Continuum of Services for Youth in Custody
Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST

Friday, February 10, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Save the Date: Information Sharing Certificate Program


The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University, in partnership with the Juvenile Law Center, is pleased to announce its inaugural Information Sharing Certificate Program:

Information Sharing Certificate Program
October 1-4, 2012 Washington, DC
This new program, supported with funding from the MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change Initiative, is designed to enable leaders in the juvenile justice, child welfare, education, behavioral health and other child serving fields to overcome information sharing challenges that prevent the communication and coordination that is necessary to adequately serve youth known across multiple systems of care. Upon completion of the three-day program, participants apply the knowledge they gain through the development and implementation of a Capstone Project—a reform agenda they undertake in their organization/community to initiate or continue information sharing efforts.

The application for the Information Sharing Certificate Program will be posted on the CJJR website in March 2012. For more information on the program, please visit: http://cjjr.georgetown.edu/certprogs/informationsharing/certificateinformationsharing.html

If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact Kristina Rosinsky, Program Manager, at klr45@georgetown.edu.

Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Grants Today has Posted New Juvenile Justice Grants


New Juvenile Justice Grants:

Prison Rape Elimination Act Demonstration Projects
Purpose: Assist local adult and juvenile facilities in implementing prevention, identification, and response mechanisms that will reduce the incidence of sexual abuse in confinement facilities.
Funder: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Eligibility: A unit of state government, although it is expected that in many cases collaborative partnerships must be established with local and tribal government agencies. According to the solicitation, "facilities or systems that have reflected a higher than average number of reported sexual assaults on the annual administrative records review submitted to BJS will be given priority."
Amount: Awards of up to $600,000 for two years.
Deadline: March 15.
Contact: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA/grant/12PREAsol.pdf.

Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking Act Grants
Purpose: To strengthen collaboration among communities, the Federal Government, and State, local and tribal governments and enhance intergovernmental cooperation and coordination on the issue of alcohol use among youth.
Funder: Department of Health and Human Services
Eligibility: The applicant pool is limited to domestic public and private nonprofit entities that are current or former Drug Free Communities Support Program (DFC) grantees.
Amount: HHS expects to make about 78 awards of up to $50,000.
Deadline: March 29.
Contact: www.samhsa.gov/grants/2012/sp12003.aspx.

Support for Adam Walsh Act Implementation Grant Program Purpose: Assist jurisdictions with the implementation requirements of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.
Funder: Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking.
Eligibility: States, tribes and territories.
Amount: Awards of up to $400,000 for two years.
Deadline: April 3.
Contact: http://www.smart.gov/funding.htm.

Technology Careers Training Demonstration Projects for Incarcerated Adults and Juveniles Purpose: For efforts to prepare juveniles and adults for jobs in the tech field, including: computer-assisted design, engineering and construction, Braille transcription and wireless/broadband services.
Funder: Bureau of Justice Assistance.
Eligibility: Government units only.
Amount: Up to six one-year awards for $750,000; there is no match requirement.
Deadline: March 2.
Contact: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA/grant/12SCATechCareersSol.pdf

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 2:18 PM

DOJ, MacArthur Provide $2M For Juvenile Justice Reform


In a new partnership, the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and the MacArthur Foundation are jointly offering $2 million in funding to support innovative and effective best practices in juvenile justice reform across the country. Juvenile justice reform enhances public safety, produces better outcomes for youth and communities, and saves taxpayer money.

States and local jurisdictions are invited to learn more about this opportunity to receive funding and technical assistance from organizations that helped develop best practice models as part of the Foundation’s Models for Change juvenile justice reform initiative.

The targeted reforms include:

  • Mental Health Screening and Risk/Needs Assessment: The National Youth Screening and Assessment Project at the University of Massachusetts Medical School will provide technical assistance on the use of evidence-based tools for case planning to reduce out-of-home placements and recidivism. Contact Laura Guy at laura.guy@umassmed.edu or click here for more information, http://www.nysap.us

  • Mental Health Training for Juvenile Justice: The National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice at Policy Research, Inc. will provide comprehensive adolescent development and mental health training for juvenile correctional and detention staff to improve their ability to respond to youth with mental health needs. Contact Kathy Skowyra at kskowyra@prainc.com or click here for more information, http://www.ncmhjj.com/news/OJJDPMac_Announcement.pdf

  • Disproportionate Minority Contact Reduction: The Center for Children’s Law and Policy will provide technical assistance on evidence-based strategies to measurably reduce racial and ethnic disparities within the juvenile justice system. Contact Tiana Davis at tdavis@cclp.org or click here for more information, http://www.cclp.org.

  • Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare System Integration: The Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps will provide technical assistance on implementing effective practices to reduce recidivism and out-of-home placement and to improve correctional alternatives for youth in the juvenile justice system, with a history of maltreatment. Contact John Tuell at jtuell@rfkchildren.org or Janet Wiig at jwiig@rfkchildren.org or click here for more information, http://www.rfkchildren.org/images/stories/ojjdp-rfk%20%20announcement.pdf

Friday, January 27, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Melodee Hanes Named Acting Administrator of OJJDP


On January 18, 2012, Assistant Attorney General Laurie O. Robinson announced that Melodee Hanes has been designated as the acting administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). Hanes, who has served as the Acting Deputy Administrator for Policy at OJJDP for the past 2 1/2 years, replaces Jeff Slowikowski, who served as Acting Administrator for nearly 3 years. Slowikowski will become the acting deputy administrator for policy at OJJDP.

Prior to joining OJJDP, Hanes spent 16 years as a deputy county attorney in Des Moines, Iowa, and Billings, Montana, where she prosecuted child abuse, sexual assault, and homicide cases. She has trained child protection investigators and served as an adjunct professor of law at Drake University, where she taught child abuse law, forensic medicine, and forensic law. Hanes is a graduate of Drake University School of Law.


Read the full release at www.ojp.gov/newsroom/pressreleases/2012/ojppr011812.pdf

Read Melodee Hanes' biography a www.ojjdp.gov/about/StaffDetail.asp?si=121.

Monday, January 23, 2012 at 1:15 PM

OJP Releases Annual Report for 2010


The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) has released, “2010 OJP Annual Report: Mapping a Course.” The report discusses OJP’s commitment to outreach and collaboration with the criminal and juvenile justice fields, and describes OJP’s innovative programs and technology, evidence-based programs and practices, and funds management. The report is available online.

Download the 2010 OJP Annual Report at: www.ojp.gov/newsroom/pdfs/10ojpannual_report.pdf.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 12:29 PM

OJJDP Launches DMC Virtual Resource Center


The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has launched the Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Virtual Resource Center. This online center provides DMC coordinators, state advisory group members, and other juvenile justice professionals with tools and resources to support their state and local DMC efforts.

The Web site also provides networking opportunities for users to exchange data and information, share DMC training materials, and notify others about upcoming conferences, events, and current policies, practices, and procedures. Regular Web site spotlights will feature state and local DMC delinquency prevention and systems improvement activities.

To visit the DMC Virtual Resource Center, go to: www.nttac.org/index.cfm?event=dmc.modelResource.

To read a spotlight on a state’s DMC efforts, go to: www.nttac.org/index.cfm?event=dmc.efforts.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Congress Restores Funding for the Second Chance Act


On Monday, November 14, 2011, House and Senate conferees released the “minibus” appropriations report, which includes Fiscal Year 2012 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) spending. The conference report, a consolidated appropriations bill for several agencies including the Department of Justice, provides $63 million for the Second Chance Act.

The compromise appropriations bill resolves differences in Second Chance Act funding between the House, which allotted $70 million for the program, and the Senate, which provided no funding. The bill is expected to go to the full House and Senate for consideration this week.

"The Second Chance Act is having a tremendous impact nationally. It has changed the way state and local leaders think about prisoner reentry and it's demonstrating how we can reduce recidivism, which not too long ago many thought was impossible. Continued funding is a victory for every community seeking to increase public safety and to help families and neighborhoods receiving people released from prison and jail," commented Justin Jones, Director of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.

The bill provides $2.2 billion for state and criminal justice programs, including:

  • $63 million for Second Chance Act programs;
  • $9 million for Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act programs;
  • $470 million for Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants;
  • $6 million for comprehensive criminal justice reform and recidivism reduction efforts by states, also known as Justice Reinvestment;
  • $35 million for drug courts;
  • $10 million for residential
    substance abuse treatment programs;
  • $20 million for Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act programs;
  • $12.5 million for prison rape prevention and prosecution, and other programs.

In addition, the package contains a continuing resolution that funds other federal operations until December 16, 2011 – or until Congress completes the remaining nine FY 2012 appropriations bills.


Click here to see the legislative text approved by the conferees.
To read the conference report, click here.
To learn more about the Second Chance Act, click here.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 9:54 AM

Documentary Looks at Youth Incarcerated as Adults


On November 20th at 10 pm EST, MSNBC will premiere "Young Kids, Hard Time," a one-hour documentary narrated by Rick Springfield that reveals the reality of young kids serving long sentences in adult prisons.

"Young Kids, Hard Time" explores what life is like for young kids staring down decades behind bars. Calamari Productions was granted access inside the maximum security Wabash Valley Correctinal Facility in Carlisle, Indiana - the only adult prison in the state of Indiana that houses kids sentenced as adults. The film delves into the everyday struggles encountered by these 53 kids on the Youth Incarcerated As Adults (YIA) cellblock.

For more information, email info@calamariproductions.com.

Additional resources are available from the Juvenile Justice Corrections/Detention topical page on the NCJRS web site, at https://www.ncjrs.gov/App/Topics/Topic.aspx?topicid=129.

Friday, November 18, 2011 at 5:32 PM

2011 OJJDP Announces New Resource- CrimeSolutions.gov


CrimeSolutions.gov is an easy-to-use database of criminal justice programs, that span an array of justice topics, ranging from corrections and reentry to courts, crime and crime prevention, drugs and substance abuse, forensics and technology, juvenile justice, law enforcement, and victims and victimization. A variety of search options allows you find information - like the best strategies for delinquency prevention - easily. Each program profile has a description of its target audience, evaluation outcomes, costs, and other important details practitioners and policy makers look for when addressing juvenile justice and delinquency prevention issues.

Most importantly, every program has been assessed by a team of researchers and subject matter experts. These experts have rigorously examined evaluation findings and related research to figure out which programs appear to be effective, which appear to be promising, and which appear to have no effects. These ratings give practitioners and policy makers a sense of what programs are tried-and-true, and what programs may require adjustments or new approaches to get the best results.

For additional information, visit CrimeSolutions.gov at: http://www.crimesolutions.gov/default.aspx and sign up for updates though the RSS feed at: http://www.crimesolutions.gov/Rss.aspx or http://www.crimesolutions.gov/feed.svc/Fetch/Rss?74ee4c45-0c9d-495d-91c7-c93220c43cce.

You may also contact Anna Johnson at: Anna.Johnson2@usdoj.gov or 202-305-8561.

Friday, November 4, 2011 at 4:54 PM

OJJDP News @ a Glance, September/October 2011 is now available


The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) announces the availability of OJJDP News @ a Glance, September/October 2011. This bimonthly newsletter highlights OJJDP's National Conference for Children's Justice and Safety: Unite, Build, and Lead. The issue also includes special features on the following topics:

Journal of Justice launched
• OJJDP published Emergency Planning Guide for Justice Residential Facilities
• OJJDP Bulletin presents Finding From Hot Spots Policing Study
Upcoming events

Resources: “OJJDP News @ a Glance,” September/October 2011 (NCJ 235961), is available online at: http://www.ncjrs.gov/html/ojjdp/newsatglance/235961/index.html

Friday, November 4, 2011 at 4:42 PM

Report Provides Latest Data and Trends in Juvenile Court Cases


The National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ) has published, “Juvenile Court Statistics 2008,” which was developed with funding from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Drawing on data from the National Juvenile Court Data Archive, the report profiles more than 1.6 million delinquency cases that U.S. courts with juvenile jurisdiction handled in 2008. It also describes the trends in delinquency cases processed by juvenile courts between 1985 and 2008 and the status offense cases they handled between 1995 and 2008.

Read the report online.

Download the full report at: www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/publications/StatBBAbstract.asp?BibID=258095

Access the Statistical Briefing Book for detailed statistics on a variety of juvenile justice topics at: www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/

Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Fact Sheet Describes National Center for Youth in Custody


The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has published National Center for Youth in Custody.

This fact sheet provides an overview of the mission, objectives, and services of the recently launched National Center for Youth in Custody. Emphasizing the rehabilitative goals of the juvenile justice system, the center will deliver training and technical assistance; identify, document, and promote evidence-based approaches to working with youth in custody; and serve as a resource for juvenile justice practitioners, youth in custody, and families. The center will provide training curriculums, Webinars, and professional development, among other services.

“National Center for Youth in Custody” (NCJ 235770) is available online at http://www.ojjdp.gov/publications/PubAbstract.asp?pubi=257757

Print copies can be ordered online from the National Criminal Justice Reference Service.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at 10:27 AM

Emergency Planning for Juvenile Justice Residential Facilities


The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJP) has released Emergency Planning for Juvenile Justice Residential Facilities.

This guide describes how facilities can ensure that youth receive the supports and services they require during the disruptions that emergencies inevitably cause. It is the first comprehensive planning guide to address the specific needs of children, youth, and families involved in the justice system during an emergency. The document provides step-by-step guidance to help ensure the efficient continuation of operations during an emergency, the reduction of risk to the physical plant, and the safety and well-being of the youth and staff who live and work in the nation’s juvenile justice residential facilities.


"Emergency Planning for Juvenile Justice Residential Facilities" (NCJ 234936) is available online at http://www.ojjdp.gov/publications/PubAbstract.asp?pubi=256884

Print copies can be ordered online from the National Criminal Justice Reference Service.

Monday, October 17, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Inaugural Issue of Journal of Juvenile Justice Available


The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) released the new online Journal of Juvenile Justice at its 2011 National Conference, "Children's Justice and Safety: Unite, Build, Lead.” The Journal is an accessible, practical tool for a diverse researcher and practitioner audience. The semi-annual, peer-reviewed journal is sponsored by OJJDP and will address a variety of issues in juvenile justice, such as juvenile victimization, delinquency prevention, intervention, and treatment.

The inaugural issue covers topics ranging from the unique risk factors associated with crossover youth to the benefits of comprehensive restorative justice programs. Articles that report the findings from evaluations of Parents Anonymous and King County’s Child Protection Mediation Pilot showcase programs that demonstrate promise in reducing child maltreatment and increasing the efficiency of case processing, respectively. Additionally, the journal includes items on the development of standards for defining and measuring recidivism and a method that may improve the reliability of juvenile justice screening and assessment instruments.


Access the Journal of Juvenile Justice at: http://www.journalofjuvjustice.org

Manuscripts are now being accepted at: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jojj

Monday, October 17, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Action Alert-Congress' Budget Cuts Puts Kids and Community Safety at Risk!


Any day now, Congress will make important decisions about funding critical programs that prevent delinquency, protect children from the dangers of adult jails and prisons, and keep communities safe. Cuts of 60-90% are now being considered.

Tell Congress that deep cuts to federal support that now supports state and local juvenile justice and delinquency prevention efforts will hurt kids and families and jeopardizing public safety. Cuts of this magnitude will result in more children in dangerous, costly lock-ups, greatly increasing risks of suicide, sexual and physical abuse, and disconnection from family, positive support, education and the workforce.

Tell Congress to reject the House cuts and adopt funding levels for Title II, Title V and JABG as close as possible to those included in the President's budget, and no less than the levels recommended by the Senate.

Click here to Take Action!, http://sparkaction.org/alert/congress-budget-cuts-puts-kids-community-saf

Please post to your lists, your Facebook pages, your Web links, etc. We need to act today and your help to broadly circulate this is needed and greatly appreciated!!

To find out more about Jjfedleadership go to, http://lists.juvjusticelists.org/listinfo.cgi/jjfedleadership-juvjusticelists.org

Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Webinar To Discuss Improving State Juvenile Justice Systems


On October 18, 2011, at 3 p.m. E.T., the National Criminal Justice Association will sponsor “Using Evidence Informed Principles in Juvenile Justice: Lowering Recidivism, Reducing Secure Detention and Promoting Positive Youth Development.”

This Webinar will discuss how state programs are helping to improve outcomes within state juvenile justice systems and the populations they serve. The presentation will highlight how policy changes have affected secure detention and how evidence-based approaches to juvenile justice can make communities safer, save taxpayers money, and help better allocate resources.

Resources: For more information about the Webinar, visit ncjp.org/content/using-evidence-informed-principles-juvenile-justice-lowering-recidivism-reducing-secure-dete.

Registration is available online.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 4:12 PM