Juvenile Justice Reform
- New Campaign Seeks to Sharply Reduce Youth Incarceration (JJIE)
A national juvenile justice campaign launched today with the ambitious goals of halving youth incarceration in 15 states over the next five years while expanding community-based alternatives for offenders.
- New York Under Pressure For Locking Up Teens In Adult Prisons (KQED)
New York is one of only two states that still locks up 16- and 17-year-olds in adult prisons. A commission report released this week found that those young people — most of them black and Hispanic — face a high risk of assault and victimization behind bars and an increased risk of suicide. Gov. Andrew Cuomo now says he'll push the legislature to raise the age of adult incarceration to 18, a move that could mean the transfer of more than 800 teenagers out of state correctional facilities.
- On Martin Luther King Day, Police Reform Advocates Take Message to United Nations (Newsweek)
The #Dream4Justice March was organized by Justice League NYC, which describes itself as “a task force of juvenile and criminal justice advocates, artists and experts, and formerly incarcerated individuals.”
Jobs, Grants, Events and Webinars
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Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment and Mental Health
- Public Health Approach Being Adapted for Kids in Trouble with Substances, the Law (JJIE)
Many of the kids in juvenile detention with substance abuse disorders get poor or no treatment, according to Reclaiming Futures, a nonprofit that helps young people in trouble with drugs, alcohol and crime. It’s now experimenting with a public health approach to the situation.
- Parties hopeful meeting cleared air on youth drug court in Jacksonville (Jacksonville.com)
A plan to improve years of low participation in Jacksonville’s juvenile drug court could be finalized in as little as 30 days. The federal government sent four experts to Jacksonville on Wednesday and Thursday to meet with key players in the court and help with program implementation.
- Training helps social workers, counselors give teens skills to abstain from drugs, tobacco, alcohol use (Kentucky.com)
Actively listening, being willing to innovate, strategically guiding teens to discover their own solutions were among the many suggestions Riggs, a national recognized expert in addiction, shared with 45 social workers, counselors and others already working in substance abuse this week in Kentucky.