CJJ Today

16
Jan

Imaginary Lines

By Heidi Mueller Executive Director, Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission Juvenile Justice Specialist, State of Illinois For as long as I can remember, politicians have rallied voters with promises of “protecting victims” by clearing our streets of all the “criminals.” The picture painted is simple: victims and law abiding community members stand on one side of the line, and offenders stand on the other. This victim/offender dichotomy extends well beyond the world of politics. Even in the advocacy world, an imaginary line seems to be drawn between victims’ advocates or anti-violence advocates and those who advocate for people in the criminal or juvenile justice system.
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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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