What’s New in Juvenile Justice? May 13 News Roundup

Posted by Patricia Rafferty
May 13, 2016

Do you need to catch up on juvenile justice news? We’ve compiled a list of recent news stories, so you can be up to date about what’s going on in juvenile justice.

Performance-based Standards (PbS) has announced the finalists for the 2016 Barbara Allen-Hagen Award and shared the first in a series of finalist spotlight blogs, starting with Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center.

The finalists of the 2016 PbS Kids Got Talent Contest have been announced. PbS shared the first two in a series of finalist spotlight blogs, starting with the finalists from NA Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility and OH Close Youth Correctional Facility in California.

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) plans to help states eliminate the use of solitary confinement for juveniles.

The Ohio Department of Youth Services is in partnership with the Stop Solitary for Kids Campaign to model stopping the use of youth solitary confinement for other states.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to ban the use of solitary confinement in the county’s juvenile detention facilities.

Advocates for the Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention Act (JJDPA) are still hopeful the reauthorization will pass.

Expert adolescent development researchers say proposed reforms raising the age of juvenile court jurisdiction from 18 to 21 are premature and suggest instead treating young adults as a special population within the adult justice system.