Nearly Half of U.S. States Enact Juvenile Justice Reforms

Nearly half of U.S. states have made great strides in the past eight years toward reducing the prosecution of juveniles in the adult criminal justice system or preventing youths from being placed in adult jails and prisons, a report released Thursday found. To read this article, access the report and see an interesting interactive map click here

Reducing the Social Distance Between Minority Teens and Police

Research clearly indicates that minority teens demonstrate the least trust for the police. The benefits of reducing social distance between minority teens and law enforcement are many but one of the most significant is that better Community Policing can occur. Read about an innovative program called The Teen And Police Service (TAPS) Academy. The program works to reduce the social distance between minority teens and police by placing minority teens in an 11-week program with police officers. They learn and grow together through a curriculum of topics such as conflict resolution, bullying and police interaction. To learn more click here

Carney Cautiously Backs Broadening Reach of Juvenile Justice

Schenectady County DA Bob Carney offered measured support last week (10/2/13) to a push to reclassify 16-and 17-year-olds as juvenile offenders. But the veteran prosecutor said he would want to see district attorneys keep discretion when it comes to teens who commit particularly violent crimes. To read more click here

Why the JJDPA Matters to Youth Advocates Across the Country

The JJDPA is a great example of just how much good Congress can do for our communities and for youth who come into contact with the justice system. This article presents a connection between the government shut down and its impact on the juvenile justice system… Congress cannot reauthorize this crucial piece of legislation until they settle this most recent impasse.  To keep reading click here


The Young Adult Council along with other youth voices from organizations across the city gathered to prepare for a conference with commissioners, leaders of youth organizations, advocates, teachers and more to roll out their concerns/issues and proposed solutions. The conference was led, moderated, and directed by young people at Fordham University in the Bronx.  It was hosted by the Bronx Clergy Criminal Justice Roundtable (BCCJR). This event was one in a long line up of monthly events that are definitely worth checking out. For info on upcoming events click here

Members Grants Highlights:

This week’s highlight features member Jackie Mann (President of the Elias Foundation).

Here is a list of some recent grants her organization has been involved with

  • Limited secure detention:  In March, CV will be opening limited secure detention facilities in Staten Island and on our Dobbs Ferry campus. These are also part of the effort to care for youth close to their families and homes.
  • Multisystemic Therapy (MST): intense short-term family support that significantly decreases incarceration, psychiatric hospitalization, and recidivism among juvenile justice youth
  • Non-secure detention: Facility on the Dobbs Ferry campus that serves juvenile justice youth from Westchester County;
  • Young Adult Justice Program in Harlem:  helps court-involved young adults develop a career readiness portfolio, engage in restorative justice projects, and pursue academic and employment opportunities;
  • ARCHES Mentoring Program: works with young adults in the Bronx, using the Interactive Journaling curriculum and individual and group meetings.