According to Florida’s Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), one sliver of Pine Hills has Florida’s highest volume of juvenile arrests. Though agency data show that juvenile arrests statewide are at a forty-year low, Orange County has maintained the highest number of juvenile arrests in Florida for the past three consecutive years. The majority of those arrests are for crimes charged as felonies. Demographically speaking, black boys between ages twelve and sixteen comprise the majority of those arrests.

5 takeaways from effort to re-design juvenile justice in Muskegon

Edward J. Latessa from the University of Cincinnati Correctional Institute has been hired by Muskegon County to re-design the county's juvenile justice system.

He spoke about his vision March 20 to a diverse group of court employees, judges, politicians and other public officials at Grand Valley State University's Innovation Hub on the waterfront in Downtown Muskegon. Muskegon County Circuit Court Administrator Eric Stevens and Family Court Presiding Judge Gregory C. Pittman also spoke.

Wake County leaders push “Raise the Age” legislation

As Policy Watch has noted in recent weeks, support for “raise the age” legislation seems to be growing in North Carolina among both political parties and law enforcement. This week, it’s getting another thumbs up from leaders in Wake County, which operates the state’s largest public school system. - See more at: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2017/03/20/wake-county-leaders-push-raise-age-legislation/#sthash.H7kuVNmo.dpuf

Juvenile justice expert hired by Muskegon County

MUSKEGON, MI - Muskegon County Family Court will hold a community event open to the public 9 - 11 a.m. Monday, March 20. 

Dr. Edward J. Latessa from the University of Cincinnati Correctional Institute will speak on "What Works in the Juvenile Justice System" at the Innovation Hub, 200 Viridian Drive in downtown Muskegon. His team will also present on a project it's undertaking in Muskegon.

Report says costs and juvenile crime are down in some states trying 17-year-olds as juveniles

Three states that have led a trend toward once again trying 16- and 17-year-olds as juveniles have seen falling juvenile crime and stable costs.

That’s a major finding of the Justice Policy Institute’s report, “Raising the Age: Shifting to a Safer and More Effective Juvenile Justice System,” according to the organization’s press release. The report, released March 7, looks at the results of “raising the age” in seven states that have done that in the past 10 years: Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire and South Carolina.