Trauma-informed Care for Juvenile Justice Staff Must Include Self-care

Juvenile justice professionals are evolving to better understand the impact of trauma on youth. In 2012 the U.S. Attorney General’s National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence called for organizations to provide trauma-informed care and develop trauma-informed policies.

Trauma care of youth, those who are justice-involved and those who are not, begins first with good employee self-care, which is intertwined with good team care.

Obama’s New Juvenile Justice Rules: What To Know

The Justice Department last week published proposed new rules related to the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) that will require most states to make significant improvements or face the loss of federal funds at a time when the appropriation has dropped significantly.

The changes to the central mechanism for federal juvenile justice funding come amidst uncertainty about reauthorization of the bill, and after a decline in federal funding for the act.

Every state but Wyoming participates in the JJPDA...

Photos from the MJDA Higgins Lake Annual Conference Have Been Posted

The 2016 MJDA Higgins Lake Conference kicked off with a scavenger hunt and team building activity facilitated by Doug Murch from Jackson County. On Thursday, attendees spent time in training sessions including: practice with LGBTQ youth presented by Patrick Gaulier, Chardae Korhonen, and Victoria Boss of Ozone House, Michigan's Youth Behind Bars presented by Kristen Staley from the Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency, and Motivational Interviewing presented by Mike Clark of Build Motivation. Thursday wrapped up with the annual Child Care Worker of the Year Awards Ceremony and on Friday morning, Payge Hodapp of Brain Gym, gave attendees tools for activating the human brain to energize the learning and therapeutic processes.

Juvenile Justice System Uses Physical Restraints Banned In Schools

While state public schools have banned staff from using Aikido-style physical restraints on students, Kentucky’s Department of Juvenile Justice continues to use the method.

This week, the Kentucky Department of Education ordered all public schools to stop using “Aikido Control Training” restraints amid questions over the method’s safety.

Members of a state oversight panel on child abuse recently raised concern that Aikido-style restraints can result in injuries, according to The Courier-Journal, which first reported the school ban.

Can a nonprofit turn around education in New Orleans' juvenile detention facility?

A decade ago, the Youth Study Center -- New Orleans’ troubled juvenile detention facility -- would have been unlikely to attract an educational trailblazer.

The roughly 40 teenagers held in the flood-damaged center rarely made it to classes because they were often on lockdown 23 hours a day. The staff had a reputation for incompetence. The building was plagued with bugs and mold.

But this summer, the Orleans Parish School Board turned over operation of the school to the national nonprofit Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings, which is known for its work tackling the academic deficits faced by juvenile delinquents.

Juvenile Justice System Should Morph Into Surrogate Grandparent, Not Parent

The creation of the juvenile court was a spectacular triumph of the progressive movement in the late 19th century. Advocating for a separate legal process was a bold statement about the developmental differences between adult and adolescents and, consequently, the mitigated culpability of youth who commit crimes...

Juvenile courts thus began under the legal precedent of parens patriae (parent of the nation); the same precedent that allows the state to remove abused and neglected children from their homes.

'Slender Man' Trial: Why Trying These Girls as Adults Is Absurd

In two decisions released Wednesday, a Wisconsin appeals court upheld a decision to try the girls in the "Slender Man" case as adults. The two girls admitted as 12-year-olds in 2014 to having stabbed their friend in order to please "Slender Man," an Internet horror meme. (The victim luckily crawled to safety and survived.) The decision to try two children as adults – two children immature and mentally ill enough to believe in the literal existence of a fictional character – may seem inappropriate, to put it mildly. But legally it's a viable one – thanks to a terrible Wisconsin law with analogues in many other states.

OJJDP/CRPD 40 Hour Detention Careworkers Curriculum Training to be held 10/3/16 - 10/7/16

A Technical Assistance Grant has been awarded for the Training of Trainers in the OJJDP/CRPD 40 Hour Detention Careworkers Curriculum, 3rd Edition.

Now in its 3rd revision, the OJJDP/CRPD 40 Hour Detention Careworkers Curriculum has additional topics, up dated course outlines, handouts and on-line support. Those who attend this Training of Trainers in the OJJDP/CRPD 40 Hour Detention Careworkers Curriculum, 3rd Edition will have access to all the new material and formal trainingin how to instruct from the new curriculum.