“If someone had just asked, things might have been different,” said Mateo, a closeted, gay, gang-involved teenager in juvenile detention for committing a hate crime against a gay person. Mateo (pseudonym used to protect confidentiality) had committed a robbery at gunpoint outside a gay bar while shouting homophobic slurs at his victim. The offense was […]Read more >>
Earlier this year, we urged the Trump administration to continue federal investments in juvenile justice. In the last three decades, the field has benefited greatly from federal support of research, innovative programming and evidence-based approaches designed to improve outcomes for youth, families and communities. After co-hosting a national conference in April that explored how research […]Read more >>
This country and its juvenile justice systems are facing an important set of transitions as we enter 2017. A new president is about to take office who is committed to taking the country in a different direction. While most of the policies his administration will promote are outside the scope of this column, they will […]Read more >>
Very few people have working in the juvenile justice system as part of their original career plan. They may choose to go into criminal justice and navigate their way to juvenile justice when they discover the life changing opportunities presented when working with youth. They may start as a prosecutor or public defender and while […]Read more >>
President Obama recently proclaimed October 2016 as National Youth Justice Awareness Month. The proclamation itself offers a thoughtful overview of the state of juvenile justice in the United States and the various ways the federal government is supporting efforts to improve outcomes for youth, families and communities. The proclamation is also a call to action to […]Read more >>
If you are lucky, you come across someone in your career who provides an “unforgettable interruption” — someone who teaches you, someone who guides you, someone who inspires you. In my career, and in the careers of so many others across the country, that person has been former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno.
On June 20, 2016, we launched an endowment at Georgetown University honoring Janet Reno. This initiative will allowRead more >>
CJJR Director Shay Bilchik recently wrote a piece on the Huffington Post honoring the career of former Attorney General Janet Reno. Read an excerpt below: — If you are lucky, you come across someone in your career who provides an “unforgettable interruption”—someone who teaches you, someone who guides you, someone who inspires you. In my […]Read more >>
When Magistrate Amanda Pearson became the first Crossover Judge in the San Luis Valley of Colorado – a rural desert community home to the famous Great Dunes National Park and a scenic stretch of the Rocky Mountains – she met with local leaders from the region’s child-serving agencies who were eager to work with Pearson to improve the lives of the San Luis Valley’s youth…Magistrate Pearson’s new position is just the most recent in a series of events that mark the San Luis Valley’s commitment to reforming the experiences of multi-system youth in the region.Read more >>
Increasingly, juvenile justice advocates and system partners are calling for the closure of large, prison-like youth facilities. While these reforms are critically important given the research showing the dangers of confinement — particularly for low-risk youth — the practical reality is that reaching such a paradigm shift will not happen overnight.Read more >>
Florida leads the nation in prosecuting juveniles in the adult criminal justice system.
Florida also incarcerates more youth under 18 than any other state in the country — twice as many, for example, as Texas.