To Reduce Juvenile Recidivism at Rikers, New York City Bets on ABLE

The ABLE program is aimed at helping more NYC youth avoid this all-too-common tragedy and to say it is an overdue effort is an understatement. Juvenile recidivism has long been stubbornly stuck around 50 percent — within three years roughly 70 percent of these kids are back in trouble. More than 95 percent are African-American and Latinos.

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White House, OJJDP Hold Listening Session on Mentoring Children of Incarcerated Parents

The White House, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), OJJDP, and other federal agencies are working vigorously across many fronts to help young people affected by a parent’s incarceration access the supports and services they need. As part of this commitment, OJJDP organized a 1-day listening session, “Mentoring Children of Incarcerated Parents,” in partnership with the White House’s Domestic Policy Council and Office of Public Engagement.

Among other efforts, OJJDP is launching a new National Mentoring Resource Center, which will provide comprehensive resource, reference, and training materials and advance the implementation of evidence- and research-based mentoring practices.

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If you missed NYJJ’s own “Families Impacted by Incarceration” event you can access the event summary here: Families Impacted by Incarceration Event summary

The Juvenile Justice System in America

Are we going far enough to separate how we administer justice to juveniles and adults? If not, where are we failing and what can we do to right the juvenile justice ship? Click here for the article

Pushed Out of School, Black Girls Lose Huge Ground

Once black girls wind up in juvenile justice schools it’s hard to find the path to financial stability. Research has found that black girls are more likely to be punished for being “un-ladylike” and seen by teachers as “loud, defiant, and precocious.” The first in the series the Bias Price, with important overlap with youth justice priorities here in NYC.

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Abuse Pervasive at Rikers Island; Unconscionable Violence Against Inmates with Psychiatric Disabilities

Both articles inside highlight shocking abuses at Rikers Island, stemming from what has been called a “culture of indifference and violence”. As both reports indicate, inmates with a psychiatric disability are more likely to be the subjects of abuse and neglect. This horrific system needs to change at every level. With the passage of Crisis Intervention Teams in NYC and across the state, NY could help persons struggling with a disability or addiction to the treatment they need, rather than isolating them in abusive and isolating environments.

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Brooklyn bus shooter should be tried as a juvenile

On the B15 bus near Lafayette Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Kathon Anderson — a 14-year-old boy — allegedly shot and killed an innocent bystander in what is thought to be gang-related violence. The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office charged the teen with second-degree murder and ordered that he stand trial as an adult. An adult court is an inappropriate venue for Anderson’s trial, and it will fail to provide him with the safeguards and care to which he is entitled under international law. If found guilty, he will also be commingled with adult offenders in a high security prison where little to no attention will be put on rehabilitation. No child should be the subject of adult criminal proceedings, no matter the crime.

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Connecticut a Model for New York to Raise the Age of Criminal Responsibility

Now that Raise the Age has been fully implemented, Connecticut is being touted as a success story and a potential model for New York and North Carolina, the only two states left in the union that treat 16-year-olds as adults in the criminal justice system.

Jessica Sandoval, the vice president of the Campaign for Youth Justice, a national organization that was involved in the Connecticut campaign and is pushing for reform in New York and North Carolina, said that in a lot of ways Connecticut’s process was ideal.

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BECK: Mobilize for juvenile justice reform (Connecticut)

On March 10, HB 5221 cleared the Judiciary Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly, marking an important step forward for juvenile justice reform in the state; but the bill still has a ways to go before being implemented as law. B 5221 prohibits mandatory life sentences without the possibility of parole for juvenile offender…

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State commission: Sex offender registration does little to prevent youth crimes

The Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission, on Tuesday, released a report centered on laws and policies for working with youth sex offenders.

The 150-page, “Improving Illinois’ Response to Sexual Offenses Committed by Youth,” is based on analysis of state and federal legislation and interviews of both practitioners who work with victims of sexual abuse, and juvenile offenders.

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