Obama intends to nominate ONDCP deputy director and more: news roundup

Juvenile Justice Reform

  • Obama announces intent to nominate new deputy director for ONDCP
    Join Together:
    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
    Ledger Enquirer:
    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 Times-Dispatch:
    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
    Washington Post:
    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
    Join Together:
    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.
  • Ohio launches of first-ever statewide media campaign addressing prescription opiate abuse
    Ohio Dept. of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services:
    Continuing the state’s successful efforts to address the growing problem of prescription drug addiction, Director Orman Hall, of the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services (ODADAS), announced the launch of Don’t Get Me Started, a statewide public service campaign that speaks to young adults and their friends and family, in partnership with the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities (OACBHA). In 2007, accidental drug overdose became the leading cause of injury death in Ohio, surpassing motor vehicle crashes and suicide for the first time on record.
  • South Shore towns join force to fight underage substance use
    Patriot Ledger:
    Hingham, Hull, Cohasset, Scituate and Norwell have formed a group called South Shore Families, Adolescents and Communities Together Against Substances (FACTS). The pilot program will test the effectiveness of a regional approach to combating teen substance abuse.
  • Drinking, drug use down among some Madison teens
    A Madison Alcohol and Drug Education Coalition survey of more than 1,600 youths in town reports that, overall, drinking is down, tobacco use is down, and marijuana use is down. Also, students are reporting that they are delaying the initiation of drug and alcohol use, according to the survey.



juvenile-justice-system_Lori-HowellLori Howell is a Senior Associate at Prichard Communications. She is a seasoned public affairs practitioner with a background in public policy, fundraising, and education. Lori helps clients with online editorial services, media relations, and publications. Before joining Prichard Communications, she served as chief of staff for Greg Macpherson, a former Oregon state legislator, an account executive for the Northwest Evaluation Association, a nonprofit educational testing consortium, and once taught English in Choshi, Japan.

Updated: February 08 2018