CJJ Today

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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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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