CJJ Today

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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17
Oct

Op-Ed: Improving the Court’s Response to Status Offenders

By the Honorable Michael Nash, Presiding Judge, Juvenile Court at Los Angeles Superior Court We are now approaching the last quarter of 2013 and the subject of status offenders and what we should do with them or for them is still an active subject of discussion within the framework of our juvenile justice systems, and rightfully so. This is so despite the fact that our courts, law enforcement entities, child advocates, communities and law makers have been talking about this issue for more than 40 years. This is so despite the fact that our courts, law enforcement entities, child advocates, communities and law makers have been talking about this issue for more than 40 years. My bookshelves are lined with reports, studies, journals, task forces and more on the subject. Will we ever get it right?
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23
Sep

Citizen Voices Shape Juvenile Justice, Thanks to the JJDPA

By Alexandra Staropoli, Esq. CJJ Associate Director of Government and Field Relations When the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Act (JJDPA) was passed in 1974, it required states to “provide for an advisory group appointed by the chief executive of the State to advise the State planning agency and its supervisory board,” to be eligible to receive formula grants. This is still a requirement today.
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28
Aug

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the JJ System: A Time for Reflection

By Alexandra Staropoli CJJ Government and Field Relations Associate Director Fifty years ago today, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. As thousands gather in Washington, DC to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, all of us might do well to consider how we might help deliver on that dream in our own work.
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