What’s New in Juvenile Justice? August 12 News Roundup

Posted by Patricia Rafferty
August 12, 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) announced the winners of the 2016 Barbara Allen-Hagen Award.

PbS posted another 2016 Barbara Allen-Hagen finalist spotlight blog, to share the practices implemented by the Community Residential category winner, Luther Hall in North Dakota to improve safety measures across the entire program.

Kim Godfrey, Executive Director of PbS, shared a story and video of the successes of 2016 Barbara Allen-Hagen Award winning program Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center in improving safety throughout the facility.

PbS published a new issue brief this week; What Youths Say Matters: A Historical Look reports on youth perceptions from the past five years on facility safety, culture, services and the quality of life.

A new data snapshot of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s (OJJDP) Juvenile Residential Facility Census (JRFC) focuses on the changing nature of facility populations, characteristics and practices. This report is featured in an op-ed published on the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE) that praises the decrease in incarcerated youth through personal anecdotes.

Federal officials are proposing new compliance standards for states in order to ensure juvenile facilities are meeting requirements and protecting juveniles in custody.

The new guidelines for the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) allow states to have more discretion in registering juveniles on sex offender registries.

The Buckeye Reach program connects Ohio State University faculty and students with youths at Circleville Juvenile Correctional Facility.

SparkAction.org shared a Ready by 21 podcast this week from the Forum for Youth Investment entitled, We Know What Works for Youth Justice, Are We Using that Evidence?