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Upstream City: Intentional Investment in the Social Fabric of Neighborhoods Can Lift Families

Safety grows in neighborhoods where residents look out for one another and band together to solve problems, writes Nora McCarthy.

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Youth Role in Violence, Carjackings Overstated, the Sentencing Project Says


Youth Role in Violence, Carjackings Overstated, the Sentencing Project Says

The Sentencing Project released a brief today arguing that youth violence did not spike during the pandemic. 


Juvenile Justice Division a Likely Victim in Massive Culling of Justice Department

The Trump Administration plans to cut thousands of Department of Justice positions, which may mean a 25 percent (or more) culling of the already tiny 60-person federal agency focused on juvenile justice, according to several sources at the department or with connections to the department.


Needing Foster Homes, California Seeks to Relax Rules on Criminal Convictions

California is moving forward with a pair of initiatives designed to increase its supply of foster parents, while grappling with sweeping reforms to its foster care system. A big part of that effort is a bill now under consideration in California’s state legislature that would reduce the number of crimes that bar a person from becoming a foster parent.


Immigration a Factor in California’s Huge Youth Crime Decline?

The criminal justice system is rapidly disappearing from the lives of California’s young people. In 1995, 255,000 of California’s 3.7 million teenage youths were arrested, and more than 20,000 were incarcerated in state and local youth facilities.

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Predictive Analytics: The Stop-and-Frisk of Child Welfare

Like many of my fellow liberals, I get a lot of my news from the most reliable sources: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee and, of course, The Daily Show.


    Child Welfare Ideas from the Experts, #4: Limit Criminal History Barriers for Potential Kinship Caregivers

    The Imprint is highlighting each of the policy recommendations made this summer by the participants of the Foster Youth Internship Program (FYI), a group of 12 former foster youths who have completed congressional internships.

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    Pay for Success Watch: NCCD, San Diego Foundation Announce Juvenile Reentry Venture

    The National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) already has an iron in the pay-for-success (PFS) fire in San Diego where it is working with The Children’s Initiative on a plan to provide county-wide alternatives to detention.


    California Attorney General Releases OpenJustice v1.1

    California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has announced the release of version 1.1 of the online resource OpenJustice, which forms the newest part of her criminal justice transparency initiative. According to the OpenJustice website, the initiative is “led by the California Department of Justice that publishes criminal justice data so we can understand how we are doing, hold ourselves accountable, and improve public policy to make California safer.”