Leaders in the Field Weigh in on the Effectiveness of Diversion Programming

For low-level juvenile offenders, advocates and analysts say evening reporting centers could be excellent alternatives to detention. Instead of sending kids to detention and confinement facilities, young people in jurisdictions employing such programs are enrolled in programs designed to deter future offenses via education and social skills training. To read more click here

Justice Department Awards $8 Million to Six Communities To Reduce Youth Violence
The Office of Justice Programs’ Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) announced grant awards totaling more than $8 million to reduce youth violence and gang activity in six communities across the country. Here in New York State the City of Syracuse received almost $1.5 million in funds. Click here for the rest of this article

School Resource Officers Don’t Make Kids Feel Safer

The Justice Department has  announced funding awards to 263 cities and counties, aimed at creating 937 law enforcement positions.  More than $125 million will be awarded nationally, including nearly $45 million to fund 356 new school resource officer positions. See why a host of juvenile and criminal justice officers oppose any increase to police presence in schools and what evidence they cite. Click here to read more

School Resource Officers Approach gang Prevention Head On

The G.R.E.A.T. Program is a school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed classroom curriculum. The program’s primary objective is prevention and is intended as an immunization against delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership. To read this article click here

Justice Department Pushes New Thinking On Kids And Crime

“We believe firmly that children should be kept in school and out of courts,” says Justice Department official Robert Listenbee. In his new role leading the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, he’s trying to help stop what experts describe as a “school-to-prison pipeline.” For more info click here

Collaborative Justice

Juvenile justice, social services and mental health need to form partnerships, pool resources and share experience. By doing so, we can be a team of connected professionals offering solutions meeting unique needs. To read more about this collaborative approach click here