What the Federal Government Could Do to Spur Juvenile Justice Reform
In late July, Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden’s campaign circulated a proposed criminal justice plan. It specifically referenced juvenile justice, which might be the only time that subject has come up thus far in the 2020 election.
Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act Reauthorized, Heads to Trump’s Desk
For the first time since 2002, the law governing national juvenile justice standards has been reauthorized by Congress. The bill will now head to President Trump’s desk, possibly ending a long string of disappointments for juvenile justice advocates who tried in vain to update the law during the administration of Barack Obama.
Administration Confirms Nearly 200 Job Cuts at Agency that Handles Juvenile Justice
The Justice Department has told Youth Services Insider that the Office of Justice Programs will reduce the Office of Justice Programs’ workforce by nearly 200 positions by October of 2019, a move that could sap staff from the already-small division focused on federal juvenile justice policy.
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.
Another Year With No Knowledge on Kids in Adult Court
In Youth Services Insider’s opinion, there are two glaring blind spots when it comes to data about how the child welfare and juvenile justice systems impact kids. One is the success rate of adoptions from foster care.
Some Big Questions for Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice in 2018
Last week, Youth Services Insider reflected on some of the bigger stories in child welfare and juvenile justice for 2017. Now, let’s look ahead. Following are a few things we think will come up in 2018 in child welfare and juvenile justice.
Trump, Congress Have Yet to Fill Top Jobs at Youth Serving Federal Agencies
According to the Washington Post’s database of executive branch nominees, the Trump administration has either announced or formally nominated 369 people for Senate-confirmed jobs. Of those, 208 have been confirmed. But Trump has not even put forth a name to lead some of the agencies that oversee most federal spending on youth.
The OJJDP Racial Disparities Pass Might Continue
As we reported last week, the Justice Department’s Inspector General exposed the fact that, from 2013 to 2016, the agency’s juvenile justice division – the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) – was willfully ignoring compliance standards on disproportionate minority contact (DMC), failing to penalize states that were not doing enough to identify and assess racial disparities in their juvenile justice systems.