Juvenile Justice and Climate Change: California Has a Chance to Confront Both
California faces crucial choices. The state can continue scrambling to address burgeoning climate-change crises while it spends $316,000 per youth per year to watch Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) inmates languish idly and suffer staggering recidivism, plus $90,000 annually per California Department of Corrections (CDCR) inmate for prisoners offered little rehabilitation.
LIVE from the Launch of the EXiT: Executives Transforming Probation and Parole Initiative
Today in San Francisco, more than 50 current and former probation and parole chiefs have signed on to a new initiative designed to reduce the number of adults who are under supervision in the country’s local probation and parole systems.
To Build a Positive Youth Justice System, Follow These Three Steps
The juvenile justice system has proven to be ineffective, harmful and excessively expensive. Overwhelming evidence shows that involvement in the juvenile justice system in and of itself produces negative outcomes for young people.
California’s Sweeping Group Home Reform Falters Without Key Supports for Youth
Early one Saturday morning in September, Jacob McCleary, then 15, got into his aunt and uncle’s van, headed for the Santa Fe Springs office of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).
Amber Evans, a Rising Star in Juvenile Justice Advocacy, is Still Missing
Since 2015, Amber Evans has been a key face and driving force behind state and local juvenile justice reform in Ohio. That work was rewarded when the organization she worked for, the Juvenile Justice Coalition (JJC), put her in charge.
Massachusetts Juvenile Justice Reform Could Shield 18-Year-Olds From Adult Courts
Massachusetts could soon become the first state in the union to raise the age of jurisdiction above 18. The state’s House of Representatives this week, and Senate last month, passed by wide margins different versions of a criminal justice reform bill.
If House Really Wants Role on Juvenile Justice Reform, It Has Options
A subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing yesterday entitled “Juvenile Justice Reform in the Modern Era.” They heard from juvenile justice officials in Georgia (Joe Vignati), Indiana (Devon McDonald), Liz Ryan of Youth First and Jim SaintGermain, a young man from Haiti who entered New York’s juvenile justice system and now oversees his own mentoring organization.
Santa Barbara Mulls Hiring Child Protection Overseer
On April 5, a task force created to improve Santa Barbara’s tiny child welfare system will deliver county supervisors a slate of recommendations aimed at ensuring that no children “fall between the cracks.”
Child Fatality Commission Criticized from Inside and Out
After $4 million, 13 public listening sessions and eight deliberation meetings (many over the phone), the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities is closing in on adoption of final recommendations for the Obama Administration.
Live from NPJS: Day Four of Juvenile Justice Conference Week
Greetings from the Iron City! As Youth Services Insider and other attendees of the National Partnership for Juvenile Services Symposium head out of town, Steelers and Ravens fans are pouring in for tonight’s game.