NYS Juvenile Justice Progress Report

Below is a report that The Tow Foundation commissioned from FSG in partnership with the JJAG.  It will be used around the country and internationally to promote the use of collective impact as a tool to achieve large scale social change.

The case example of the NY statewide strategic planning process and ongoing work of the SPAC has shown extraordinary results.  It is a wonderful testament to the tremendous juvenile justice reform that has been accomplished throughout New York State over the past few years.

To access the report click here: NYS Juvenile Justice Progress Report_January 2014_web

Middletown officials talk juvenile justice

As the CT state legislature considers laws mandating formal guidelines for the intersection of schools and law enforcement, the city is working out its own memorandum of agreement between police and schools.

The talk focused on a bill that would require all school districts statewide to work out official guidelines with local law enforcement in how officers assigned to schools should interact with students and school employees.

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Illinois Takes Huge Step in Juvenile Justice Reform

Chicago police began turning 17-year-olds over to the juvenile courts last week, under a new Illinois law that sets the bar for felony prosecution at 18.

A little more than a year ago, The Chicago Reporter revealed that Chicago police trumped all of the nation’s biggest cities when it came to arresting 17-year-olds. Arrests in Chicago rivaled the number of teens charged with a crime in Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Houston combined.

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Casey’s Lubow Retiring after 22 Years Leading Juvenile Justice Reform

Bart Lubow, the architect of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s widely acclaimed Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI), will retire June 30 after 22 years leading Casey’s juvenile justice reform efforts, Casey announced Friday.

Today, JDAI is the nation’s most widely replicated juvenile justice reform effort, with more than 250 sites operating in 39 states and the District of Columbia.

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One Day Inside a Peer-led Youth Court in Staten Island

Teenagers file into a nondescript office building, signing in on a clipboard at the front desk. They walk past a small waiting area and into a windowless room with bare white walls. The teens change into blue polo shirts with the Staten Island Youth Justice Center logo.

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Federal Grant Funding for State Juvenile Programs Cut

Juvenile offenders and their parents in California signed contracts agreeing to school attendance, curfews, drug testing and counseling – and the agreements prevented the youths from being incarcerated.

New York state funded programs in Syracuse and Utica to divert from arrest youths who had committed non-serious illegal acts at school.

Georgia made funds available to 159 county juvenile courts to find community-based services as alternatives to detention.

The efforts in the three states were funded in part by the federal Juvenile Accountability Block Grant (JABG) program, which gives states resources to improve juvenile justice systems. But the JABG funding has been eliminated in a fiscal year 2014 spending bill released this week by House and Senate negotiators.

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‘Those Kinds of Kids’: Meeting the Needs of LGBTQ Youth of Color Charged with Status Offenses

The lack of culturally relevant services and possible racial discrimination all pose hindrances to LGBTQ young people’s healthy development and success.

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New Study to Focus on Impact of Family Visits for Incarcerated Youth

The Vera Institute of Justice has announced that it will conduct a two-year study to examine the possible impact of increased family visits on juvenile residents in Indiana.

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Pilot Program Seeks to Divert Kids from Juvenile Justice System

In Rochester, N.Y., probation officers – often a youth’s first contact with the juvenile court system in New York state – use formal screening to determine whether youngsters have mental health or substance abuse problems and if they do, refer them to clinicians for an in-depth assessment. The program, aimed at keeping kids from ending up in the juvenile justice system unnecessarily, is now serving as a model for nine other counties in the state.

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Young prostitutes get help, not jail, under new law

Lawmakers hope recently enacted legislation will combat sexual slavery and human trafficking in New York. Under the new law, the court system has the authority to refer 16- and 17-year-olds with prostitution offenses to the Person In Need of Supervision program instead of jail.

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Albany County officials launch Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative

Last week, Albany County kicked off a new, innovative program aimed at reducing the number of youth placed in secure detention facilities.

The state Office for Children and Family Services’ Division of Juvenile Justice and Opportunities for Youth selected Albany County as one of six sites in New York to participate in the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative.

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‘Kids for Ca$h’ reflects issues around country, attorneys say

The 102-minute documentary describes, through interviews with families, media and others, former Judge Mark Ciavarella’s practice of routinely incarcerating hundreds of juveniles not represented by counsel after finding them delinquent for minor offenses.

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