Missouri Juvenile Justice Association
P.O. Box 1332
Jefferson City, M 65102-1332
The Missouri Juvenile Justice Association (MJJA) is a statewide, not-for-profit organization whose mission is dedicated to ensuring equal treatment, due process and enhanced opportunities for all children within Missouri's juvenile justice system.
MJJA brings together juvenile justice system professionals and agencies, interested organizations, private corporations, and individuals who are committed to improving the Missouri juvenile justice system for the sake of the children in need of a future.
MJJA maintains and enhances quality collaborative training opportunities and forums for sharing expertise to guide and support the professional development of its broad based membership and Missouri’s juvenile justice system. MJJA serves as an expert consultant at the request of the Office of the Governor and state and community lawmakers; leads the development of uniform standards, practices and procedures in juvenile care, and; promotes the need for adequate resources for all services within Missouri’s juvenile justice system.
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Nine "comeback states" are featured for their dramatic reversal of youth incarceration rates in the past decade and for adopting policies that will promote further reductions.
Missouri: Justice Rationed, An Assessment of Access to Counsel and Quality of Juvenile Defense Representation in Delinquency Proceedings
The National Juvenile Defender Center provides policy makers and juvenile defense leaders with the tools to identify system barriers to quality representation in delinquency proceedings, highlights best practices and provides recommendations for implementation strategies for improving Missouri's indigent defense delivery system.
Missouri Supreme Court Mandates Use of Juvenile Detention Assessment Instrument, Court Operating Rule 28, April 8, 2011
The Missouri Supreme Court mandated that as of January 1, 2012, all youth facing detention receive a risk score through Missouri's new juvenile detention assessment instrument in order to determine their pre-adjudication placement. The court states that generally youth should not be held in secure detention unless they present a risk to public safety or may fail to appear in court for their hearings. The instrument is to be used to assist in making a decision as to whether a youth should be placed in a secure detention facility, placed in an alternative to detention, or released. The instrument is a written checklist used to rate each youth for specific detention-related risks and was developed to address the inappropriate detention of youth based on race, gender, or offense. The court's order also directs the state courts administrator to provide training to all circuits on the use of the instrument, and requires circuits using the instrument to keep and report data. Court Operating Rule 28, April 8, 2011.
The Missouri Model: Reinventing the Process of Rehabilitating Youthful Offenders, Richard A. Mendel, Annie E. Casey Foundation
Report profiling the key tenets and practices of the "Missouri Model," specifically: (1) small and non-prisonlike facilities, close to home; (2) individual care within a group treatment model; (3) safety through relationships and supervision, not correctional coercion; (4) building skills for success; (5) families as partners; and (6) focus on aftercare.
Article highlighting successful reforms in the Missouri juvenile justice system.
The Missouri Division of Youth Services serves youth offenders in small, dormitory settings and takes a therapeutic approach, viewing youth as a direct product of their experiences and capable of turning their lives around through a step by step change process. Through ongoing group therapy, dedicated staff, relationships with the court system, and strong community support in the form of liaison councils and neighborhood advisory boards, the program cites measurable results in halting the cycle of juvenile crime. Not only does the program note significant reductions in violence while youth are enrolled in DYS, over 90 percent of youth avoid further incarceration for three years or more after graduating from the program.
Lawsuit Filed Over Treatment of Girls at State Reform Schools in Mississippi, Adam Nossiter, New York Times
New York Times article about a lawsuit filed on behalf of female youth offenders who were subjected to abusive conditions at their Mississippi reform school.
U.S. Supreme Court decision outlawing the death penalty for crimes committed while under the age of 18.
Ethnic and Gender Equity in Missouri Juvenile Court Decisions: Preliminary Findings, National Council on Crime and Delinquency
Study examining decision points in the juvenile court process and comparing decisions according to the ethnicity and gender of youth. Study is focused on addressing two primary questions: (1) is there disproportionate representation by ethnicity or gender at any decision point in the juvenile court process and (2) if there is disproportionate representation of minorities or females, are there referral or youth characteristics correlated with ethnicity or gender and are contributing to minority and/or female over-representation at a stage of the juvenile court process?
Review of facilities and operations, transfer, sentencing procedures, recidivism rates, expenditures, and cost-effectiveness.
Celebrating 100 Years of Juvenile Justice in Missouri, 1903-2003, Missouri Juvenile Justice Association
Report chronicling the history of the juvenile justice system in Missouri, profiling key juvenile code statutes, and summarizing a vision for the future.