Juvenile Justice in America: We Can Do Better; News Roundup

Juvenile Justice Reform

  • Juvenile Justice in America: We Can Do Better (Huffington Post)
    "The juvenile court was invented in Illinois in 1899. Soon thereafter, recognizing that youthful offenders often had diminished culpability and unique potential for rehabilitation, every state in the Union created its own juvenile court system. Developed nations around the world emulated the American model of juvenile justice" (Drinan, 2015; para. 1).
  • Girls Fare Better in Open-Door Justice Programs (Women's eNews)
    Programs that keep troubled girls from entering juvenile detention residences are lowering recidivism rates as well as costs. An advocate points to increased homelessness and poverty, saying they result in more runaways. The first in a three-part series" (Lewis, Rasbury & Geng, 2015; para. 1).
  • South LA High School Takes New Approach to Curbing Suspension Rates (Juvenile Justice Information Exchange)
    "When high school sophomore Mykia Moore got into an argument with her best friend over a boy last year at Augustus Hawkins High School in South Los Angeles, the dispute quickly escalated into a physical fight" (Zahedi, 2015; para. 1). 

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Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment and Mental Health

  • Identifying Teens at Risk for Hashish Use (Science Daily)
    "One in ten high school seniors has used hashish, a highly potent form of marijuana. Teens self-described as "hooked" on pot were twice as likely to use hashish" (New York University, para. 1).
  • Bipartisan House Bill Joins Senate Legislation to Fund Mental Health First Aid (Business Wire)
    "Congresswomen Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.) and Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) introduced the Mental Health First Aid Act, a bill authorizing $20 million in grants for Mental Health First Aid trainings around the country. The proposed legislation is the counterpart to a Senate bill (S. 711) introduced in March by Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), with nine cosponsors from both sides of the aisle" (Business Wire; para. 1). 
  • OP-ED: Bridging Adolescent Brain Research, Reality (Juvenile Justice Information Exchange)
    One cannot go to any conference or training these days without adolescent brain issues being discussed. It is a topic up there with evidence-based practices and trauma-informed care in terms of popularity as keynote themes" (Broderick, 2015; para. 1).

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Updated: April 17 2015