From the Field

Reclaiming Futures

Reclaiming Futures Cuts Crime, Saves Money  

by Evan Elkin Reclaiming Futures January 26, 2016 National evaluation shows that Reclaiming Futures generated $11 million in cost savings over one year; promoted better outcomes for teens and communities.  Portland, Oregon — Five communities using the Reclaiming Futures model — a national public health and juvenile justice reform framework that promotes effective treatment practices —Read More

The List-Nicole Pittman

A message from the Center on Youth Registration Reform

The List: When juveniles are found guilty of sexual misconduct, the sex-offender registry can be a life sentence, by Sarah Stillman, The New Yorker, March 14, 2016  Today the New Yorker magazine published an article, “The List“, that takes a deep, unflinching look at our country’s practice of subjecting youth accused of sex crimes to public registration and notification laws. Author SarahRead More


Juvenile Justice Learning Community: Behavioral Health and Probation

National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice March 8, 2016 The National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice invites you to become part of the Juvenile Justice and Behavioral Health Learning Community. The Learning Community will meet five times to support participants in their work to meet the behavioral health needs of justice-involvedRead More

Youth Justice Leadership Institute

NJJN’s Youth Justice Leadership Institute: Building a Movement

The National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN) believes that those most affected by the youth justice system should be involved in reforming it. NJJN’s Youth Justice Leadership Institute (YJLI) is a one-year leadership development program that elevates and supports diverse advocates and organizers who are working to change the system. 1. What is the Youth JusticeRead More

Public Welfare Fdn

Alliance for Safety and Justice  

Supported by the Public Welfare Foundation March 4, 2016 In this YouTube video, Lenore Anderson and Robert Rooks discuss the new national initiative to reduce incarceration and racial disparities in state prisons. The Public Welfare Foundation supports the Alliance for Safety and Justice and its efforts to significantly reduce incarceration and racial disparities in stateRead More

Open Society Foundations

Hope for Improving Health Outcomes for Vulnerable Populations

by Kellen Russionello Open Society Foundations February 9, 2016 For too long, we have relied on the criminal justice system as our default intervention for social problems like homelessness, mental illness, and addiction. Our health-care system concentrates on the expensive consequences of these issues without addressing root causes. Together, these approaches cycle people in and outRead More

The Crime Report

Obama Wants $500 Million to Prod State Justice Reforms

by Ted Gest The Crime Report February 10, 2016 In his farewell budget to Congress, President Barack Obama wants $500 million to help states make broad justice reform plans. The new “21st Century Justice Initiative” program was announced yesterday as part of a $29 billion request for the U.S. Justice Department for the year beginningRead More

CT Mirror

At Harvard, Hints of What Malloy Intends on Justice Reform

by Mark Pazniokas CT Mirror January 26, 2016 Cambridge, Mass. – His audience at Harvard included students, activists, a pediatrician, lawyers and a juvenile court judge. Most lavishly praised Gov. Dannel P. Malloy for his proposed criminal justice reforms, especially an idea to treat defendants as juveniles until they are 21. But Lloyd Macdonald, a formerRead More


How the Flint Water Crisis Could Send an Entire Generation To Prison

by Carimah Townes Think Progress January 22, 2016 As Flint residents deal with the consequences of poisoned water, lawmakers, activists, and locals are already predicting what the crisis means for the future of the city. Mayor Karen Weaver has pointed out that the disaster could devastate the juvenile justice system in the future. “This damageRead More

Elizabeth Clarke

North American Council on Juvenile Justice

by Elizabeth Clarke Juvenile Justice Initiative The North American Council (NACJJ) is a regional ad hoc non-governmental organization, organized under the International Juvenile Justice Observatory (IJJO). The IJJO is headquartered in Brussels and was founded in 2003 with the goal of encouraging a global juvenile justice system without borders. The IJJO promotes legal instruments and strategies onRead More

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