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Has Bill Barr’s View Changed on Juvenile Justice?

Tomorrow, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold its confirmation hearing for William Barr, Trump’s nominee to succeed Jeff Sessions as attorney general, the top job at the Department of Justice (DOJ).


Brown Signs Law to Ease Licensing Path for Relatives, Vetoes Foster Care Mobile Response Plan

As California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) prepares to leave office at the end of the year, the last round of child welfare legislation under his watch includes a new law to ease the path of relative caregivers under the Continuum of Care Reform (CCR), the major child welfare initiative developed during his time as governor.


Brothers Reunited: Five Hopeful, Fraught Days Inside America’s Immigration Crisis

Yordi, 20, is wan after a harrowing escape from horrors in his home country, Honduras. It is mid-July. He sits in a corporate ICE detention facility in rural Folkston, Georgia, staring into a computer screen that connects him to his 29-year-old brother Suamhirs Piraino-Guzman, thousands of miles away in Seattle.


After Feds Leave, Pepper Spray Use Skyrockets Again in L.A.’s Juvenile Justice System

Just a few years after Los Angeles County exited a monitoring agreement with the Department of Justice, the county’s probation department has seen a return of rampant use of pepper spray in settling altercations and other misbehavior at juvenile detention facilities.


California’s Juvenile Facility Guards Might Have to Turn in Their Pepper Spray Soon

California is one of only five states that allows guards at juvenile facilities free reign to carry chemical spray to restrain youth held there. A coalition of advocates and lawmakers in the state are working on a bilateral effort to bring an end to this long-standing practice.

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OJJDP Will Publish a Final Rule on Disproportionate Minority Contact

The Justice Department last week put into effect new rules on compliance with the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA). The rules were published and made final by the Obama administration, and the new administration signed off after the rules were under review for several months.

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    Justice Dept. Finalizes New Rules for Juvenile Justice Compliance

    The Justice Department announced this week that the rules for Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) compliance, finalized by the Obama Administration in January, will take effect. From the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention: Yesterday, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) notified states that the partial final rule amending OJJDP’s Formula Grants Program regulations is approved and now in effect.


    Policy and Practice Changes Form Around National Strategy to Reduce Fatalities and Improve Child Safety

    When the President and Congress asked the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities (CECANF) to develop a national strategy to eliminate child maltreatment fatalities in 2014, we knew the task would not be easy.

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    Justice Dept. Finalizes, Eases New Regs on JJDPA Compliance

    Just days before the end of the Obama administration, the Department of Justice has finalized some new rules related to state compliance with the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, through which states receive federal formula grants in exchange for adherence to certain juvenile justice standards.