Juvenile Justice Reform
- Obama announces intent to nominate new deputy director for ONDCP
President Obama this past week announced his intent to nominate Michael P. Botticelli as Deputy Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy.
- Kanawha to institute juvenile drug court
Charleston Daily Mail:
West Virginia’s Kanawha County aims to curb drug abuse soon after it starts by instituting a juvenile drug court program.
- Five questions with Mike Dansereau, formerly with the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice
In this interview, Mike Dansereau explains the differences between the adult and juvenile courts and what he would like to change in the juvenile system.
- Iowa County sets aside $600k for juvenile justice system
The Daily Iowan:
Johnson County officials said they're worried minority youth are running into legal issues at a higher rate than their white peers. The county has set aside $600,000 for the Juvenile Justice and Youth Development Program and is now accepting applications for projects to use that money.
- Richmond making fixes to juvenile detention center
Richmond officials say the city's juvenile detention center will be repaired and its staff fully retrained by April to fix the problems that led the state to put the troubled facility on probation for the second time in three years.
- OP-ED:The true cost of high school dropouts
New York Times:
When the costs of investment to produce a new graduate are taken into account, there is a return of $1.45 to $3.55 for every dollar of investment, depending upon the educational intervention strategy. Under this estimate, each new graduate confers a net benefit to taxpayers of about $127,000 over the graduate’s lifetime.
- Opinion: Police need better access to juvenile records
Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel:
Rep. John Richards and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett make a case for allowing police officers to access juvenile probation information when they encounter young suspects on the street.
- The price of prisons: What incarceration costs taxpayers
Vera Institute of Justice:
The full report provides the taxpayer cost of incarcerating a sentenced adult offender to state prison in 40 states, presents the methodology, and concludes with recommendations about steps policy makers can take to safely rein in these costs.
- Department of Juvenile Justice representatives address YDC upheaval
The Augusta Chronicle:
A representative from the Department of Juvenile Justice was in Augusta for the District Five Quarterly Breakfast meeting Saturday to speak about the changes and upheaval at the Augusta Youth Development Campus.
- Youth Fair aims to keep kids out of trouble
NWF Daily News:
Local juvenile assistance organizations gathered at the mail to share information with teens and concerned parents on a variety of local programs at the Okaloosa County Juvenile Justice Council’s Youth Fair.
- Editorial: Ensuring teen offenders can’t be rehabilitated
The Washington Post Editorial Board takes a stance against two juvenile justice reform proposals championed by Virginia Governor Robert F. McDonnell.
Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment
- The prescription drug epidemic: a federal judge’s perspective
Pills are the new drug of choice for kids. A recent survey revealed that young people 12 and older are abusing prescription drugs at greater rates than cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, and methamphetamine combined. Only marijuana abuse is more common. And, most troubling, every day approximately 7,000 young people abuse a prescription narcotic for the first time.