CJJ Today

13
Dec

Diagnosis: Adolescence, Not Otherwise Specified

Shawn C. Marsh, Ph.D. Chief Program Officer over Juvenile Law, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Think back to your teenage years for a moment. Were you ever impulsive? Was it important to fit in? Did you make poor decisions? Did you ever do something that (if you had been caught) could have led to serious consequences? Don’t worry if you answered yes to any or all of these questions: you are not alone. For those working with teenagers, the good news is that we now know more than ever about why adolescents tend to have these characteristics or behaviors.
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04
Dec

National Status Offense Standards Help Build Momentum for Reform

By Annie Salsich Director, Center on Youth Justice at the Vera Institute of Justice Momentum continues to build nationally for ways to limit the reach of the juvenile justice system, relying less on court interventions and incarceration and more on safe and effective community-based options. This momentum makes the experience of youth who commit status offenses—a range of behaviors, such as running away from home, skipping school, or violating curfew, which are prohibited under law only because of an individual’s status as a minor—all the more striking.
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22
Nov

Empowering Youth on the Crow Nation

By Julie Fischer Juvenile Justice Specialist, State of Montana The Crow Nation, also called the Apsaalooké or Biiluuke, is nestled in the shadow of the Big Horn Mountains on nearly 2.3 million acres in south central Montana. Over 12,000 Crow tribal members call the Crow Reservation home, and 85% speak Crow as their first language.
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05
Nov

Op-Ed: Juvenile Justice, Vulnerable Children, and Other Things That Matter

By Robin Jenkins, PhD I was recently reading the Des Moines Register to review what the experts said toward reforming and/or improving juvenile justice. Each expert, accomplished in their own fields and organizations, indicated strong support for various ways to improve juvenile justice either within their state, or the field in general if one thinks from a national perspective. What struck me about the article was the variety of– and strategically different approaches–offered for improving “the system”. Clearly in the article experts noted significant support for interventions at the earliest possible point, an overarching focus on restorative approaches, matching the right program to the right level of risk, as well as ensuring that those truly requiring court supervision get that while ensuring high quality and accountability. Most everyone in the field would concur that these are state-of-the-art directions to go in.
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