Most States Still House Some Youth in Adult Prisons, Report Says; News Roundup

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Most States Still House Some Youth in Adult Prisons, Report Says (Juvenile Justice Information Exchange)
A new report from Campaign for Youth Justice finds that most states still house youth in adult prisons, putting them at risk for abuse. Now is a good time to end this practice, according to the report, due to a recent decrease of youth housed in both adult and juvenile facilities.

The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse Releases Comprehensive Guide Aimed at Improving Addiction Prevention and Treatment (PR Newswire)
The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) has just released a new guide for policymakers in all levels of government on how to reduce addiction and substance use with prevention, early intervention, and treatment.

States Need to Try New Ideas With Young Adults in Justice System: Report (Juvenile Justice Information Exchange)
Despite limited information available on how to make improvements, states need to strategize new ideas to reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for justice-involved youth, according to a recent report by Justice Center at the Council of State Governments. The report authors make recommendations to states, with an awareness of brain science which highlights developmental differences between adults and teens.

Penn Medicine study is first to map of paths of hundreds of urban males on violence risk (American Association for the Advancement of Science)
A new study by Penn Medicine is the first to analyze how geographic location and activities influence risk of exposure to gunshot violence.

Juvenile Arrests in Florida Drop to Lowest Rate in 30 Years (Sunshine State News)
On Tuesday, Florida Governor Rick Scott shared a report from the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), which demonstrated a decrease in youth arrests in Florida by almost a third in the past five years - also announcing that the rate of youth arrests in Florida are at their lowest in 30 years.

Mahoning county launches collaborative effort to keep kids in school (WFMJ)
Juvenile court and local schools in Ohio's Mahoning county have collaborated to launch a new program to keep kids in school, and out of the system.

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Updated: December 04 2015