Probation Must Be Reformed Nationwide By Focusing on Incentives

With close to half of delinquency cases resulting in probation, it is the most common disposition a juvenile can receive. Appropriately, probation is now the focus of a recent report by juvenile justice advocates. The report uses a resolution passed by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges in 2017 to “advocate for empirically supported juvenile probation reform nationwide” and provides jurisdictions with practical suggestions on how to revise policies so that more young people can be successful on probation.

On Track: How Well Are States Preparing Youth in the Juvenile Justice System for Employment?

Drawing on first-of-its-kind survey data collected from all 50 states in partnership with the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators, this new brief from The Council of State Governments Justice Center and the National Reentry Resource Center establishes an unprecedented baseline for understanding how juvenile correctional agencies are preparing youth for employment.

Cook County Judges Fighting To Preserve Right To Lock Up Children

In September 2018, when the Cook County Board of Commissioners outlawed placing children younger than 13 in the county’s juvenile jail, advocates cheered the move. One group put out a press release in which Democratic Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin said the ordinance would “prevent young children from being scarred by confinement.”

But then, just about a month later, the county’s top juvenile judge made a decision to keep two 12-year-old boys in the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. In the ruling Judge Michael Toomin said the county’s new law conflicted with state law and judges were not obligated to follow it.

Life-saving Advice for Suicide Prevention From Public Health Experts

When a person commits suicide, family members are often left wondering how they could have saved their loved one’s life. 

Because suicide is often treated as taboo, there’s a misunderstanding of who is at risk and how to save lives, said Judith Harrington, a counselor and associate professor at the University of Montevallo. But signs of suicide can also be subtle and easy to miss, even in close relationships.