Credit: Kirsten Luce for The New York Times

Credit: Kirsten Luce for The New York Times

Just a couple of days after the May 1st event, “The Close to Home Initiative: The Community Provider Experience, a panel discussion and open house at the Shirley Chisolm Residence in East New York,” This article came out in the NY Times ProgramKeeps Troubled New York Youth Close to Home..The Close to Home Initiative in the NY Times. A big thanks goes out to Good Shepherd Services for their continued excellence and to Elizabeth Walker for organizing and moderating the incredibly informative and honest panel discussion with Miles Jackson (Division Director for Court Involved Youth, GSS), Louis Moten (Senior Consultant, Missouri Youth Services Institute), Gail B. Nayowith (Executive Director, SCO Family Services), and a Close to Home Initiative participant.

Is 100 Years a Life Sentence? Opinions Are Divided..”If people who are too young to vote commit crimes short of murder, the Supreme Court said in 2010, they should not be sentenced to die in prison.” Read Adam Liptak’s article in the NY Times article HERE

Human Rights Watch releases: Raised on the Registry: The Irreparable Harm of Placing Children on Sex Offender Registries in the US. This report challenges the view that registration laws and related restrictions are an appropriate response to sex offenses committed by children.  Read the report HERE

Treating the Cause, Not the Symptom, When Juvenile Justice and Mental Health Meet.“The connection between the juvenile justice system and mental health is really the connection between prison and poverty.” Read more HERE

Juvenile Justice and Youth Advocates See Impacts from Sequester, Brace for More.. “In the lead-up to federal budget sequestration, advocates warned of dire consequences for juvenile justice and services to children and youth. Now, with sequestration in effect for nearly two months, impacts are materializing across the country, although some programs have been at least partially spared. Yet in many cases, youth-serving organizations still do not know how they will be impacted, only that there will be impacts…” Read More HERE


Introducing the Juvenile Justice Resource Hub

The Juvenile Justice Resource Hub is a collaboration of the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE), the National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN) and Models for Change. Here’s a little more about it and check it out when you can. “The Hub will offer a comprehensive source of information on cutting-edge juvenile justice issues, Models for Change publications and trends.The first topic area presented on the Hub is Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders.  The Hub breaks down the complex set of issues around mental health, the available resources for practice and policy, and levers for action. JJIE is also publishing a series of articles exploring critical questions in mental health and juvenile justice. New issue area content will be released on the Hub in phases throughout 2013. By making research and tools about critical reform issues easy to find, and linking this data to experts, the Hub can reach new audiences and deepen interest in adopting the evidence-based approaches developed through Models for Change and other reform efforts.”