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Juvenile Justice Reform Roundup

May 30, 2012
Omote Ekwotafia

When the Cure Makes You Ill: New Article in the New York Law School Law Review

Our current youth justice system “systematically fails young people, their families, crime victims, and public safety, often at exorbitant taxpayer cost,” writes Gabrielle Prisco, director of the Juvenile Justice Coalition of New York, an NJJN member. Prisco’s article, “When the Cure Makes You Ill: Seven Core Principles to Change the Course of Youth Justice,” outlines seven principles necessary to tranform the juvenile justice system, beginning with principle one: treat children as children.

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Issue Brief Update: Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children

Kentucky Youth Advocates, an NJJN member, released an updated version of its issue brief, “Ending the Use of Incarceration for Status Offenses in Kentucky.” In FY 2011, over 9,000 Kentucky youth were incarcerated for status offenses.

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Read Vera Institute/Models for Change publication on how to make court the last resort for status offenses»


What Works in Reentry: SVORI Program May Reduce Recidivism

A new report, “Prisoner Reentry Services: What Worked for SVORI Evaluation Participants?” reveals that engagement in reentry programs significantly reduced a participant’s likelihood of arrest following release. The findings are based on an RTI International study of 2,300 adult males, adult females, and male youth in multiple states who either participated in Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative (SVORI) programs or were members of control or comparison groups between 2004 and 2007.

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