CJJ Today

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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23
Oct

Gender Disparities in the Juvenile Justice System

By the Honorable Chandlee Johnson Kuhn, Chief Judge Family Court of the State of Delaware Despite the overall decline of juvenile crime in the last decade, arrest rates for girls have been static as compared to boys. Due to the overall higher arrest rates for boys, more resources have been deployed towards their diversion from the juvenile justice system. While pockets of effective programming for girls have been created, the juvenile justice system as a whole has yet to develop consistent gender-specific strategies that will address the critical needs of adolescent girls. In 2006, Delaware drafted a Blue Print for Change through the Delaware Girls Initiative to begin to address the gender disparities and needs in our Juvenile Justice system.
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