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Juvenile Justice System News

  • The Justice Policy Institute issued a brief report arguing that investing in community programming and treatment services is the best way to maintain public safety and address poverty. In particular, it higlighted the need for youth to have positive out-of-school activities and to connect adults and youth with mental health and substance abuse treatment. 
  • The Office of Justice Programs announced what I believe is the first in a series of grant awards related to youth mentoring. You may remember that the OJP's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) put out quite a few mentoring-related soliciations this spring, so I'm not quite certain which solicitation these awards apply to. However, there's no question that the Boys and Girls Clubs of America was the big winner, as it won $40 million out of the total $60 million awarded.
  • A one-and-a-half-day course held October 7-8, 2010 by the National Center for School Engagement can help you evaluate the effectiveness of your truancy reduction program. Note that the course isn't a training in best practices or intended for advanced evaluators; it's targeted at "persons responsible for school, court, and community-based truancy reduction programs and those involved in evaluating such programs." (H/t to OJJDP.)


Updated: February 08 2018