Policy Updates

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

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