Trying to Fix America’s Broken Juvenile Justice System

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The Rolling Stones wrote an expose on the juvenile justice system and illuminate some of the necessary reforms, such as the Grassley/Whitehouse bill that would ammend the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974. Click here , to see more.


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Richard Ross’ new book, Girls in Justice explores the ways the juvenile justice system is failing our young girls. While overall juvenile incarceration is on the decline somewhat, the proportion of girls in the system is increasing. Their crimes are not typically violent, instead they are tied to sexually abuse and status offenses like running away. To read more, see here.

 

 

 

 

State Commit to Reducing Recidivism Through Community-Based Diversion Programs

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The Council of State Governments Justice Center‘s new report focuses on Texas’ commitment to reduce recidivism by investing hundreds of millions of dollars into reforming their Juvenile Justice Department, which recently incorporated the Juvenile Probation Commission. Texas has seen a significant drop in the number of juvenile offenders in state-run prisons from 3,500 in 2006 to a little over 1,000 today. Other states, specifically, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, Louisiana, Arizona, South Carolina, North Carolina and California have all cut their juvenile incarceration rates by more than 60 percent over the last 15 years, . To learn more, see here.

 

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47% of juveniles who are in permanent placements have substance abuse problems. Nonprofits like Reclaiming Futures are advocating for the use of the SBIRT tool (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment) on at risk youth as well in order to intervene and address these problems early on, specifically chronically absent students. The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation gave Reclaiming Futures a $2 million grant and another grant to Policy Research Associates to use the tool. To learn why, click here

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