Enhancing our Understanding of Sexual Assault in Youth Facilities: Individual and Facility Level Correlates

Posted by Darlene Conroy
March 08, 2017

Written by Allen J. Beck, Ph.D., Senior Statistical Advisor, Bureau of Justice Statistics and Jessica Stroop, Statistician, Bureau of Justice Statistics.

In 2003, when Congress passed the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), it required the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) to “carry out, for each calendar year, a comprehensive statistical report and analysis of the incidence and effects of prison rape” from a sample “not less than 10 percent of all federal, State and county prisons” (P.L. 108- 79).

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Juvenile Justice Information Exchange: Sexual Abuse of Youth in Custody: What Makes a Facility Sexually Safe?

Posted by Mike Dempsey
March 07, 2017

Written by  Wendy Leach and Tina Waldron
If you work in the world of juvenile corrections, you’ve read the stories: reports of a staff member sexually abusing or harassing a youth in confinement. It has become clearer that this is not a problem limited to just male staff — in fact there is a well-documented trend of young teenage boys being victimized by female staff.

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Utah Public Radio: Is There Racial Inequality in Utah Juvenile Justice System? By Ashley Stilson

Posted by Mike Dempsey
February 24, 2017

Youth of color are treated differently than their white peers, according to a recent report from the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah. The report shows significant racial inequality in the state juvenile justice system, even when youth commit the same crime.

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CJCA Affiliate Membership

Posted by Mike Dempsey
February 27, 2017

Dear CJCA members,

I’m writing to make you aware of an opportunity for your staff to join the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA) as an Affiliate Member for 2017.  

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Courthouse News Service: Congressmen Rally Behind Juvenile-Justice Reform

Posted by Mike Dempsey
February 16, 2017

WASHINGTON (CN) – In something of a departure for Capitol Hill these days, advocates of juvenile-justice reform faced little opposition Wednesday in pushing members of a House subcommittee to revive a bill that never made it out of the Senate last year.
The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevent Act would have allowed state and local agencies to help at-risk youth avoid the criminal-justice system by developing alternative programs and “evidence-based strategies.”

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