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.”

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Juvenile Justice Conference Week: Running Diary

In case ya missed it, Youth Services Insider spent last week traversing the country to hit both of the major national juvenile justice conferences. First was the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s JDAI Inter-Site conference in Phoenix; second was the National Partnership for Juvenile Services (NPJS) National Symposium in Pittsburgh.

Photo: Human Rights Project for Girls, "The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline: The Girls' Story"


“The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline”: Report Highlights Schools’ Role

When Sasha was in high school, she was raped. Two years later, she had dropped out of high school and was arrested on petty theft charges. According to a recent report entitled “The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline: The Girls’ Story,” Sasha’s experience at school in the assault’s aftermath was the catalyst for these consequences.

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Obama, Congress Talk Criminal Justice Reform at White House

A day that was anything but bipartisan in nature ended with a quiet White House meeting on criminal justice reform that was attended by leaders from both sides of the aisle.