What’s New in Juvenile Justice: News Roundup for the Week of August 19

Posted by Lisa Martinek
August 24, 2013

Our staff is settling in after a very successful Summer Business Meeting earlier this month. Below is a list of news stories we’ve come across since we returned.

US Senator Chris Murphy says this fall he will introduce legislation to reform the nation’s juvenile justice system based on the changes already made in Connecticut.

Will young offenders who are given the opportunity for paid work return to the streets? DC is testing a program that tries to answer that question.

The National PREA Resource Center added an audit section to their website, which seeks to assist facility and agency efforts towards PREA compliance.

The Iowa Supreme Court rules that the SCOTUS decision on mandatory life sentence for juveniles applies retroactively, opening the door for possibly hundreds of cases to be reviewed.

The Prairie Learning Center was featured in a blog post for being a Barbara Allen-Hagen Award finalist.

The Indiana Commission on Improving the Status of Children focused on mental health as a top priority considering the unnecessary commitment of children to the Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) as a means to access mental health services.

Models for Change is seeking workshop presentations for its 8th Annual Models for Change Conference.

Florida’s Department of Juvenile Justice may be forced to close several detention centers in the face of a budget shortfall.