Policy Updates

Stay current on policy developments affecting vulnerable youth.


Dear Mr. President

Liz Ryan just sent an update about the Comprehensive Juvenile Justice Reform Recommendations from the 300-member National Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Coalition. They’ve now been sent to the Obama Administration urging the President to restore a more effective system of juvenile justice for youth by focusing on five priority areas. You can read about the recommendations in  “Promoting Safe Communities:Read More


Bullying —- It’s the New Door to Criminalization of Our Children.

I’ve been waiting for this to happen the minute I saw this “zero tolerance” approach to bullying developing around the country.  I wholeheartedly believe that we need to create school cultures that are based on respect, inclusiveness, and …restorative justice. Not starting police records at earlier and earlier ages. I flinched when I saw theRead More


Interest in Mental Health on the Rise?

The interest in supporting the mental health of our young people that find themselves in the juvenile justice system has been increasing over the past year. The flurry of violence across our country is certainly increasing it. The Juvenile Justice Work Group is having a discussion with Jim Henry from Southwest Michigan’s Childrens Trauma AssessmentRead More


That Was Fast! (sorta)

Liz Ryan passed on the news that on February 1st, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the Robert Listenbee, Jr to the post of Administrator, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Department of Justice. Robert Listenbee, Jr. is Chief of the Juvenile Unit of the Defender Association of Philadelphia, a position heRead More


No More Delays Mr. President: Appoint the Nation’s Next Juvenile Justice Chief

Written by: Liz Ryan on Jan 30, 2013 Four years ago, President Obama was inaugurated, and we expected that within a few months the President would nominate a permanent administrator for the Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). But this past week, as President Obama renewed the oath of office, we are stillRead More


Uninterrupted Scholars

Update: This bill was passed by Congress on January 1, 2013 but was not enacted before the end of its Congressional session. Let’s see what we can make happen in 2014. On December 17th, the Uninterrupted Scholars Act, sponsored by Sen. Mary Landrieu [D-LA], passed the senate. According to GovTrack,”the House Majority Leader indicated on DecRead More

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