What’s New in Juvenile Justice? July 15 News Roundup

Posted by Patricia Rafferty
July 15, 2016

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

Performance-based Standards (PbS) posted another 2016 Barbara Allen-Hagen finalist spotlight blog, to share the practices implemented by J. Paul Taylor Center for their plan to reduce assaults on youths and staff.

PbS also posted the last two in the series of finalist blogs from the 2016 Kids Got Talent Contest, including a soulful vocal performance from a youth at Echo Glen Children’s Center in Washington and two original songs talented youths at Kenneth Rubenstein Juvenile Center in West Virginia.

Ned Loughran, Executive Director of the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA), posted a blog last week about the CJCA’s commitment to ending the use of isolation in youth facilities. The post announced two new issue briefs: Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Program and Sustaining the Gains: Alternative Tools to Isolation.

The House Judiciary Committed reauthorized the Juvenile Accountability Block Grant (JABG) program this week to provide $25 million annually for five years.

The Statewide Juvenile Justice Improvement Initiative Task Force in Nevada will start a comprehensive review of the state’s juvenile justice system following selection by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to receive technical assistance.

The Child Outcomes Need New Efficient Community Teams (CONNECT) Act was introduced this week by Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) to support funding to improve outcomes for youth in contact with both the juvenile justice and child welfare systems.

The CJCA bids farewell to outgoing directors and welcomes new directors to the organization.