Economics Alone Supports Juvenile Justice Reform; News Roundup

Juvenile Justice Reform

  • [OP-ED] Economics Alone Supports Juvenile Justice Reform (
    "Locking up a juvenile is estimated to cost between $50,000 and $100,000 a year, while treating one at a community-based center is estimated by the Juvenile Justice Project to cost about $5,000."
  • Talking Juvenile Justice: A Webinar with Photographer Richard Ross (
    On Monday, November 18th JJIE hosted a webinar with Richard Ross -- a photographer, researcher and professor of art based in Santa Barbara, California. Ross has been the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Fulbright, and the Center for Cultural Innovation.
  • Racial Disparities in Juvenile Justice System Addressed (
    To illustrate the stark racial disparities in Connecticut’s juvenile justice system, think about this: While non-white kids make up 57 percent of the patients at Riverview Hospital, a youth psychiatric facility, non-white kids at the Connecticut Juvenile Training School, a secure facility for delinquents, make up 86 percent of the kids serving there. It’s a reality that child advocates, city officials and roughly 100 residents gathered to discuss Wednesday.
  • [OP-ED] Spotlight on Solano: Youth Thrive Through County Innovation (
    Today, juvenile justice reform and innovation is underway in California and nationwide. The Missouri and Washington models of juvenile justice programming are renowned, as they should be. They present a much-needed road map for other jurisdictions strategizing for systemic change. However, California may not need to look so far away to find the answers. With 58 counties, California is a hotbed of innovation, and Solano County is forging the way.

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Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment and Mental Health

  • DeWine Says Heroin Addiction is "Epidemic" (
    Congratulations to Reclaiming Futures Lucas County for being in the conversation–and in the Toledo Blade–with Attorney General Mike DeWine, troubleshooting the heroin epidemic in Ohio.
  • Teens Who Drink Alone More Likely To Develop Alcohol Problems as Young Adults (
    Most teenagers who drink alcohol do so with their friends in social settings, but a new study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh reveals that a significant number of adolescents consume alcohol while they are alone.
  • Should all Schools Have Their Own Psychotherapist? (
    "The key is early intervention and building resilience," he adds. "I don't want to provide superb levels of support and see them in tears when they walk out the door. Sometimes we congratulate ourselves on how sad they are to leave, but the best chicks that leave the nest are those that don't look back."
  • More Than Half Of Teens With Mental Health Problems Aren't Getting Treatment: Study (
    More than half of teens with psychiatric disorders go untreated, with treatment rates for some conditions being lower than others, according to a new study. And among teens with psychiatric disorders who do receive treatment, the health care providers are not often mental health specialists, but rather school counselors, pediatricians and probation officers, said researchers from the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy, the National Institute of Mental Health and Harvard Medical School.

juvenile-justice-system_David-BackesDavid Backes writes the Friday news roundup for Reclaiming Futures and contributes articles about juvenile justice reform and adolescent substance abuse treatment to He has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Santa Clara University. David works as an account executive for Prichard Communications.

Updated: February 08 2018