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Youth Justice Reform Roundup | March 2016

March 24, 2016
Zoe Schein



 Member News and Resources:

Other News:

More Resources:
 
  • "Support Not Punish: Participatory Action Research Report," February 2016, Community Corrections for Youth. This report, researched and written by youth under the age of 24 who have either experienced the justice system personally or through those close to them, surveys youth experiences with the justice system, offers policy recommendations for reform, and argues for the inclusion of youth voices in the broader conversation on youth justice policy reform.
  • "No Place for A Child: Direct File of Juveniles Comes at a High Cost; Time to Fix Statutes," February 2016, James Madison Institute. 
  • "Disparate Impact under Title VI and the School-to-Prison Pipeline," March 2016, The American Bar Association Section of Litigation Children’s Rights Litigation Committee.
  • The Colorado JJDP Council recently released a fact sheet summarizing the first phase of an important research project on truancy. Findings included:
    • Youth found truant were more likely than other Colorado youth to: be youth of color and/or non-native English speakers, and to qualify for special education services and/or free or reduced lunch.
    • One of the biggest predictors for which youth were detained for truancy was the judicial district a child lived in. Local policies regarding use of detention had a greater impact than past delinquency detention, child welfare involvement and age.
    • Being securely detained for truancy increased the likelihood that a child would later have a criminal case filed against them.
    • Children who were securely detained for truancy were 14.5 times less likely to graduate from high school. This was the greatest predictor of failure to graduate, stronger than past history of school expulsion, child welfare involvement, and age.  
Opportunities and Events:

  • The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) at Georgetown University‘s McCourt School of Public Policy has announced that the application window for the 2016 Juvenile Diversion Certificate Program is now open through April 29th, 2016. The Certificate Program brings together individuals and teams of law enforcement officers, probation staff, prosecutors, school officials, judges, policy-makers, and other local leaders who are committed to strengthening their diversion efforts. Learn more.
  • Georgetown's Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR), on behalf of OJJDP’s Center for Coordinated Assistance to States (CCAS), is accepting applications for the third cohort of the Multi-System Collaboration Training and Technical Assistance Program (MSC-TTA) through April 1, 2016. The MSC-TTA Program, offered at no cost to participants, is designed to assist multi-disciplinary teams from states, territories, tribes, local governments, and community agencies and organizations in developing a stronger infrastructure to improve system processes and outcomes for at-risk youth involved in multiple systems of care. These teams may include, but are not limited to, leaders from child welfare, juvenile justice, education, behavioral health, and other child serving agencies. The program will run from April 2016 to October 2016. Learn more.
  • In the spirit of National Poetry Month (April), and in an effort to encourage literary exploration by young people held in locked juvenile facilities, the Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings (CEEAS) will be running a month-long poetry writing initiative and competition, Words Unlocked, again this year. Words Unlocked is run by CEEAS' Director of Practitioner Support, Christy Sampson-Kelly (a Youth Justice Leadership Institute alum). CEEAS' Words Unlocked website houses daily lesson plans and other classroom-ready materials that are available for teachers interested in participating.

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