CJJ Today

12
Dec

Reintroduction of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act Applauded

By A. L. Carlisle We applaud Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Sen. Grassley (R-Iowa) for their bipartisan leadership in reintroducing the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) on Dec. 11, 2014. Before the JJDPA was first passed, in 1974, many children who were arrested for juvenile offenses were detained or held in adult jails. All too often, boys and girls were placed in the same cells as adults, where they were subjected to both physical and sexual assaults. These young people were harassed and sometimes forgotten for hours on end. Many of them were there because they were charged with status offenses, acts which would not be illegal if committed by adults. They were detained in, and very often committed to, secure facilities for offenses such as truancy, running away from home, and other such acts.
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11
Dec

JJDPA Reintroduced

On Dec. 11, 2014, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) introduced S. 2999, legislation that would reauthorize the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA).

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12
Nov

Developmental Competency: Putting a Developmental Approach into Practice

Co-authored by: Lisa H. Thurau, Executive Director, Strategies for Youth, Inc. Amanda Petteruti, Senior Research Associate, Justice Policy Institute An overwhelming body of empirical research in psychology and biology has shown that a young brain processes and responds to stimuli differently than an adult, therefore, creating very different reactions. The National Research Council recently released a study saying that adolescents are “less able to regulate their own behavior in emotionally charged contexts…more sensitive to peer pressure and immediate rewards…[and] show less ability to make judgments and decisions that require future orientation.”
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29
Oct

Improving Outcomes for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System

By Elizabeth Seigle, Policy Analyst, Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center There has been significant progress in juvenile justice reform, with youth confinement rates decreasing by nearly 50 percent from 1997 to 2011, and juvenile arrest rates in 2011 at their lowest level in more than 30 years. While much progress has been made diverting youth from involvement in the juvenile justice system, there is still a great need to measure, and ultimately improve, the recidivism rates and other outcomes for youth under system supervision. With over 60,000 youth still in confinement on any given day and hundreds of thousands more on probation, policymakers and juvenile justice professionals are seeking guidance on how to ensure that system interventions and limited resources are used most effectively to promote youth’s transition from involvement with the juvenile justice system to a crime-free and productive adulthood.
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