CJCA President's Message

Posted by Fariborz Pakseresht
March 21, 2017

Dear friends and colleagues,

Many of us are in the midst of our legislative sessions and time seems to be at a premium. Some of us are facing reductions and layoffs due to local budget shortfall while those of us who rely on Medicaid matching funds or other sources of federal funds are eagerly waiting to find out how the budget that is ultimately passed by congress and signed by the President may impact our services. Meanwhile, we still have to deal with our day to day business, handle crisis, manage operations, and not lose sight of the reforms we plan to put in place and the future we envision for our agencies and systems. A director’s job can be overwhelming and stressful but we don’t have to go it alone. I feel grateful to have access to my CJCA friends and colleagues who are always willing to listen, offer guidance and help me process and work through challenging issues.

Our new Executive Director has hit the ground running, meeting with many juvenile justice system leaders and stakeholders as well as partner and sponsoring organizations. In his short time with CJCA, Mike has done an outstanding job forming many new relationships and cultivating existing ones. Please see the Executive Director’s Report and the many projects and initiatives Mike is leading and facilitating.

In late January, CJCA held a successful Winter Business Meeting in San Antonio. For many of us from the East, Midwest, and West who were tired of cold and wet weather, San Antonio provided a temporary and pleasant reprieve! Nearly 75 juvenile justice leaders and partners came together and spent the weekend sharing and learning together. The event was dedicated to “Ned” Loughran, CJCA’s founding Executive Director. Ned would have been proud of the event and seeing his vision of system reform carried forward by CJCA. Please see the article about the winter meeting and the details of presentations and discussions that took place.

Looking forward, CJCA has a busy year planned. We are currently working on a number of projects and initiatives including:

• Planning our Summer Business meeting in St. Louis, MO
• Planning for the New Directors Training
• Planning for the 2017 CJCA Leadership Institute in Chicago
• Working with system partners on a number of joint projects
• Partnering with OJJDP to implement system reform
• Developing a number of other initiatives and projects which we’ll share with you in the coming months

CJCA remains a leader in connecting youth corrections leaders across the country to collaborate and learn together with the goal of improving outcomes for youth and communities. I appreciate all of you who have assumed leadership roles or participate in regional calls as well as those who chair or serve on CJCA committees. These meetings are important mechanisms for sharing, learning, and conversations that help all of us improve our practices and outcomes.

I am honoured to work with all of you and continue learning from you. I look forward to seeing you at the CJCA Summer Meeting in Missouri. 


Posted by Mike Dempsey
March 20, 2017

As you may know, CJCA and the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) launched the Youth in Custody Practice Model (YICPM) initiative in 2016.  This initiative is designed to assist state and county juvenile correctional agencies and facility providers in implementing a

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CJCA Welcomes New Directors in Washington, Illinois and Minnesota.

Posted by Darlene Conroy
March 09, 2017

Marybeth Queral was selected to serve as the Rehabilitation Administration’s (RA) Assistant Secretary on January 1. She has replaced outgoing Assistant Secretary John Clayton, who retired on January 31. Queral has been with DSHS for more than two decades. After beginning her career as a social worker in Alaska, she took a job as an on-call security officer at Naselle Youth Camp in 1994. She was then promoted to Security Manager, then Program Manager, Associate Superintendent and, finally, Superintendent. In that role, she worked with the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Fish and Wildlife to strengthen historic forestry and aquaculture work programs for the youth at that facility.

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The Impressive Top-to-Bottom Makeover of the Massachusetts Juvenile Justice System

Posted by Mike Dempsey
March 10, 2017

Read more: http://nationswell.com/massachusetts-juvenile-criminal-justice-makeover/#ixzz4awQ4jQdc

The state asks what resources, opportunities, services or supports do teens need in order to be able to behave better?

Teenagers make mistakes. They sneak out past curfew to drink at a house party, shoplift clothes, graffiti their names in bathroom stalls, talk back to authorities and throw punches in heated moments. Our juvenile justice system views some of these violations as youthful

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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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