Policy Updates

Juvenile Law Center

President Obama Reauthorizes ESEA, Affording Groundbreaking Provisions for Children in the Foster Care and Juvenile Justice Systems

December 10, 2015 Washington, DC – President Obama today signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which is the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), a key federal law governing education, originally signed into law in 1965 and last reauthorized as No Child Left Behind in 2002. The ESSA is the firstRead More

OJJDP-Listenbee Policy Statement re Girls

Administrator Listenbee Announces Policy Statement at White House Convening Supporting System-Involved Girls of Color

On October 28, 2015, OJJDP Administrator Robert L. Listenbee announced at a White House convening the OJJDP policy statement supporting underrepresented girls and young women of color in the juvenile justice system. The event brought together stakeholders for a discussion on improving policies and practices to interrupt the sexual abuse/trauma-to-prison pipeline of girls and young women ofRead More

ColorLines-Obama Announces Ban the Box

Obama Announces Federal ‘Ban the Box’ Measure, Other Criminal Justice Reforms

by Kenrya Rankin Nassel November 3, 2015 Color Lines In a time when the need for criminal justice reform seems to be the only issue both sides of the aisle can agree on, President Barack Obama just announced a slew of measures that will directly impact the lives of ex-offenders. More than 70 million Americans have some type of criminalRead More

CNN-Van Jones

Pass a Justice Bill as Big as This Moment

by Van Jones November 3, 2015 CNN After decades of failed policies, advocates and political leaders finally have swung open the door for fundamental reform in our criminal justice system. The U.S. Senate recently held a major hearing and a committee vote that dramatically advanced the reform agenda. We also witnessed the Brennan Center organizing the nation’s top law enforcementRead More

DOJ reentry funding

Justice Department Announces $53 Million in Grant Awards to Reduce Recidivism Among Adults and Youth

October 1, 2015 New Second Chance Grants Announcement Will Impact Nearly 45 Jurisdictions around the Country WASHINGTON – The Justice Department announced today that it will award grants totaling $53 million to 45 jurisdictions, to reduce recidivism among adults and youth returning to their communities after confinement. The Second Chance Act (SCA) programs, administered throughRead More


Comment Period on Pell for Students who are Incarcerated Experimental Site Initiative

Comments are invited on the Pell for Students who are Incarcerated experiment (also known as Second Chance Pell) in which the Department of Education will provide selected eligible postsecondary institutions with a waiver to the current statutory ban on incarcerated individuals, who are otherwise eligible, from receiving Federal Pell Grant funds to attend eligible postsecondaryRead More

Youth Justice Coalition

CA Governor Brown Signs SB261: Parole Review for Young Adults Up to Age 22 with Lengthy or Life Sentences

October 3, 2015 from the Youth Justice Coalition Across California, over the past 4 decades, tens of thousands of youth have received sentences so long that they will die in prison.  SB261 offers youth ages of 18 – 22, who face many of the same developmental and economic challenges as their slightly younger peers, anRead More

Michigan bills

Michigan Lawmakers To Introduce 21 Bills Targeting Kids in Adult Corrections

Some measures would ban placing youth in adult jails and prisons altogether. by Dana Liebelson October 6, 2015 The Huffington Post WASHINGTON — Michigan lawmakers are expected to introduce 21 bills this week that address prison treatment and criminal justice practices for kids in the adult corrections system. Some measures would ban placing youth in adultRead More

VA Sentencing Guidelines

Virginia’s New Guidelines Call for Shorter Lengths of Stay

by Zoe Schein August 12, 2015 National Juvenile Justice Network On August 3, Virginia’s Board of Justice voted in favor of new length of stay guidelines for young people confined in Virginia’s youth justice system. The new guidelines reduce the amount of time young people are required to spend in lockup, and provide guidance forRead More

CA curbs strip searches

California Curbs Strip Searches of Juveniles

by Kelly Davis and Dave Maass September 21, 2015 The Crime Report Following brutal accounts of San Diego juvenile hall officers using pepper spray on detainees who refused to submit to strip searches in front of staff of the opposite sex, the California Legislature has passed a bill that strictly limits how strip searches are conducted onRead More

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