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President Obama Bans Solitary Confinement of Youth in Federal Prisons

from the Annie E. Casey Foundation January 26, 2016 The Casey Foundation has been working with a growing coalition in urging all facilities housing children to end the practice of solitary confinement because it can severely damage youth and inhibit their future success. President Obama’s decision this week to ban the practice of holding youngRead More

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Ensuring Meaningful Access to Justice

Public Welfare Foundation January 13, 2016 Each year, millions of Americans find themselves in court trying to resolve civil disputes. The issue could be a disagreement with a landlord, an imminent bank foreclosure, or a domestic battle over child custody or child support. These are essential matters affecting personal safety, economic security, and family integrityRead More


YTFG releases A Funders’ Blueprint for Youth Justice Reform

  IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 11, 2015 Media Contact: Michelle Weemhoff, Youth Transition Funders Group (517) 331-4879; Call to Action: A Funders’ Blueprint for Youth Justice Reform Washington, D.C. – Amidst growing national concern over treatment of youth in our nation’s justice system, the Youth Transition Funders Group (YTFG) released today a timely update ofRead More

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New Team and New Partners at Andrus Family Fund

by Leticia Pegeuro, Executive Director Andrus Family Fund December 11, 2015 James Baldwin reminds us of one of the first steps in change – we must face the truth.   So much of what has been happening around us over the past months is hard to face.  And yet we know that we must lookRead More

Lessons from Five Years of Accelerating Change

Lessons from Five Years of Accelerating Change

National Campaign to Reform State Juvenile Justice Systems December 14, 2015 After two decades of funding cutting-edge research on adolescent behavioral and brain development and pioneering new juvenile justice practice models, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation decided to reinforce those successes with a more direct approach to promoting systemic policy reforms. TheRead More

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Juvenile Justice in a Developmental Framework: A 2015 Status Report

Models for Change Dec 11, 2015 Advances in the understanding of adolescent development have provided a foundation for progress in juvenile justice reform, including changes in state legislation. In accord with the Supreme Court’s recognition of a basic principle—that children are different from adults, and the justice systems that deal with them must be shaped by those differences—state after stateRead More

Investing in Well-Being

Investing to Improve the Well-Being of Vulnerable Youth and Young Adults: Recommendations for Policy and Practice

This publication explores the important role and responsibility of each youth-serving system in supporting well-being for youth and young adults and presents a new framework for well-being for young people, highlighting the various domains of well-being and the role of families, communities, and public systems in supporting well-being. It also includes a series of concrete and actionableRead More

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Nov. 16th Conference Call Hosted by YTFG

Annie E. Casey Foundation’s LEAP Initiative: Improving Education and Employment Outcomes for Vulnerable Young People The Annie E. Casey Foundation recently announced a new Learn and Earn to Achieve Potential (LEAP) Initiative (funded in part by a recent $7.5 million grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Social Innovation Fund).  The LEAP Initiative is intended to increase employment and educationRead More


Ohio’s effort to reform juvenile prisons is national model

by Cory Shaffer October 26, 2015 COLUMBUS, Ohio — Twenty-five years after Ohio’s juvenile prison system was on the brink of crisis, the state has become a model for how it treats teenage offenders, according to a report released Monday. By sending more teenagers to community-based alternative programs instead of traditional prisons, the state has dramatically decreased the number of incarceratedRead More

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Casey’s JDAI Releases LGBTQ Practice Standards at Annual Conference

by Sarah Barr September 29, 2015 Juvenile Justice Information Exchange The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative conference began today after a year when issues of youth, race and policing, solitary confinement and the fate of youth prisons have been in the headlines. About 900 juvenile justice practitioners, researchers and advocates gathered inRead More

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