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Youth Justice Reform Roundup | January 2017

January 18, 2017
Benjamin Chambers


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Youth Justice Reform News

  • From our Ohio member, the Juvenile Justice Coalition (JJC): "On December 22nd, the Ohio Supreme Court issued two opinions on Ohio youth in adult court.  In State v. Aalim, the Court found that Ohio's mandatory bindover laws, which allow 16 and 17 year olds charged with certain crimes to be directly transferred to adult court, are unconstitutional. Now all bindovers of youth to adult court must include an individualized hearing that allows a juvenile court judge to consider the unique circumstances of each case.  JJC signed an amicus brief in the Aalim case.

    "In State v. Moorethe Court found that youth sentenced to adult court in non-homicide offenses cannot be given a sentence that would allow them to die in prison.  Under Moore, youth would have to receive a sentence that allows them a meaningful chance of parole

    "Major congratulations to the Ohio Public Defender's office, whose attorneys argued both cases!  The Ohio Supreme Court has written summaries of both the Aalim and Moore cases."

  • " A New Missouri Law Could Give Kids Serious Criminal Records For School Fights, Schools Say," by Rebecca Klein, The Huffington Post, Dec. 23, 2016. See also this letter to the editor from Brittini Gray, "Criminalizing School Fights is Not the Answer," Dec. 23, 2016. 

Publications and Resources

  • The ACLU of Pennsylvania has launched EndZeroTolerance.org, an extensive and up-to-date resource on the school to prison pipeline. Selected features include a Q and A on school discipline and policing; a guide to how to obtain and use data, plus links to summaries of recent trends; and special sections for educators and for advocates on how to implement reforms.

  • A new documentary from the Center for Public Integrity and Retro Report traces history of policing in schools (12 minutes). 

Opportunities & Events

  • Deadline Jan. 20 -- The Annie E. Casey Foundation seeks applications for its Juvenile Justice Youth Advisory Council. The linked post includes links to a description of the council and the application. 

  • January 26, 2017, 2pm EST - "Intersecting Identities:  Improving Health Outcomes for LGBTQI2-S Youth of Color" - an interactive webisode in which a panel of experts will share evidence-based strategies for helping LGBTQI2-S (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex, Two-Spirit) youth of color.  The panel will discuss some issues affecting LGBTQI2-S youth of color and share ways to help providers, afterschool program facilitators, families, and youth understand the intersection of identities and the challenges associated with trauma, suicide, and resilience. 

    Participants will learn strategies to address behavioral health challenges and facilitate healing among children, youth, and families.  State and local community leaders, health care providers, child- and youth-serving agencies, schools, LGBTQI2-S supporting organizations, and caregivers are encouraged to watch and participate in the webisode. 

    Participate here: http://bit.ly/KSOCTVYoC. Join the live Q&A by tweeting questions using the hashtag #KSOCTV. Be sure to share with your social networks and spread the word!

  • Due Feb. 17, 2017 - Workshop proposals for the 2017 CJJ Annual Conference, titled, "Access, Accountability, & Advocacy: Addressing Educational, Physical, and Mental Health Needs in the Juvenile Justice System," which will take place on June 14-17 at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC. More info here

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