Juvenile Justice Council Discusses Science of Youth Delinquency: The Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention hosted a panel discussion to consider new evidence on adolescent development and the best approaches to juvenile justice and reform. For a recap of this panel click here and for links to the report and its highlights click here

Did you know Youth Justice Awareness Month is only 2 months away? During the week of October, allies throughout the country come together to engage their communities on youth justice issues, particularly the harmful impact of prosecuting children in the adult criminal justice system. This could coincide with important NYJJI funding and awareness efforts.  To check out this article click here. To find out about upcoming events such as art exhibitions, poetry slams and more click here

House and Senate Committees Gut Funding to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Juvenile Justice System: This past week, the House and Senate Appropriators approved substantial reductions in juvenile justice funding, including critical funding to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system. The House bill contains only $20 million for all states to implement Title II of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. The Senate bill recommends $50 million. Both are well below the president’s proposed $70 million. To read more click here

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the appointment of Thomas P. Abt as the Administration’s new Deputy Secretary for Public Safety. Until recently, Mr. Abt served as Chief of Staff to the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he worked with the nation’s principal criminal justice grant-making and research agencies to integrate evidence, policy, and practice. Over four years with the Obama Administration, Mr. Abt played a lead role in coordinating the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention, a network of federal agencies, local communities, and private partners working together to reduce youth and gang violence. To read more click here

Raising the Age outside NY: Legislation to keep 17-year-olds out of adult jails in Massachusetts has wide support: Prosecutors, police and juvenile justice advocates are backing the potential change, which would bring Massachusetts in line with 39 other states and the federal government, which use 18 as the cutoff to charge a defendant as an adult. To read more click here

There has been much talk about empowering black boys in the wake of Trayvon Martin’s death. Bernardine Watson at the Washington Post encourages a similar effort for young black girls, particularly given how many of them end up in the juvenile-justice system.  For the article click here

Making A Comeback For Kids: Read an article about a new report that summarizes juvenile justice reform efforts that have resulted in the dramatic drop in incarcerated juveniles. Since 2000, when the number of kids incarcerated was at a record high, the number of detained or incarcerated youth has decreased by nearly 40 percent nationwide. To read  about the last 3 decades of juvenile justice reform and the major takeaways in what has worked in reducing alarmingly high numbers of incarcerated youth click here