Why more cops in schools is a bad idea
Via the Justice Policy Institute comes a new report titled Education Under Arrest: The Case Against Police in Schools. The report cites recent cases to conclude that increases in the presence of law enforcement agents in schools, especially in the form of school resource officers (SROs), coincides with increases in referrals to the juvenile justice system, especially for minor offenses like disorderly conduct.
The report concludes the trend causing lasting harm, as arrests and referrals to the juvenile justice system disrupt the educational process and can lead to suspensions, expulsions or other alienation from school.
From the Justice Policy's companion blog post: "All of these negative effects set youth on a track to drop out of school and put them at greater risk of becoming involved in the justice system later on, all at tremendous costs for taxpayers aswell the youth themselves and their communities."
Reclaiming Futures fellow Carol Martin awarded for her work in substance abuse prevention
At their Annual Meeting in October, the Athens-Hocking-Vinton 317 Board recognized two Hocking County, Ohio community members for their work in substance abuse and mental health advocacy.
Carol Martin, Reclaiming Futures Hocking County (RFHC) Community Fellow, received the Hocking County Substance Abuse Prevention Award. She was nominated by Dr. Joe Gay, Executive Director of Health Recovery Services, Inc., a partner member of Reclaiming Futures Hocking County.
"I am humbled and honored to receive the award from the 317 board," Martin said, "but I feel the entire Reclaiming Futures team in Hocking County deserves to be recognized. We all understand the importance of advocating for the youth - the future of our community. They're all our children, and they deserve and need the support of our community."
The event was held at the Vinton County Middle School Cafetorium in McArthur, Ohio. From the event program: "Ms. Martin has tirelessly served in the Community Fellowship position in the Hocking County Juvenile Court Reclaiming Futures grant. She champions the need for quality substance abuse service coordination to benefit children and families involved in Hocking County Juvenile Court."
Carol has served in her Community Fellow role for three and a half years and during her tenure has established the Hocking County Youth Fund, at the Hocking County Chamber of Commerce, in order to help support activities for court-involved youth and their families. She has also been responsible for developing a mentoring program for Hocking County Juvenile Court and is working closely with Bonnie Loudner from Good Guides Mentoring Program, a part of Good Will Industries, to match youth to adults and recruit and train adults in the community to become mentors.
As an "RFHC Cheerleader," Carol and her husband Roy have personally sponsored monthly activities and awards for Juvenile Treatment Court and Treatment Court graduations.
Photo caption: Roy (left) and Carol (right) Martin at the recent Athens-Hocking-Vinton 317 Board Annual Meeting. Carol Martin received the Hocking County Substance Abuse Prevention Award at recent Athens-Hocking-Vinton 317 Board Annual Meeting.
Attorney General Holder's new blog post: Our continuing efforts to prevent youth violence
Here's an excerpt:
Throughout my career, I have seen the devastating effects of youth violence far too often. As a prosecutor and a judge; as a U.S. Attorney, as Deputy Attorney General – and, above all, as the father of three teenage children – I’ve been determined to make the progress that our nation’s young people deserve.
In September of 2009, this country was shocked by a video depicting the brutal beating and murder of a 16-year-old Chicago honor student. That savage attack was seared into our collective memory, and it left an indelible mark on the community where it took place. But, tragically, it is just one horrifying example of the violence that many young people face every day, in cities and towns across this country.
In response to this crisis, last year, President Obama directed the Departments of Justice and Education to partner with other federal agencies – and with representatives from six cities – to launch the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention, a network of committed stakeholders dedicated to stopping the brutality and bloodshed that devastates too many of the youngest members of our society. The six cities participating in the Forum — Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Memphis, Salinas, Calif. and San Jose, Calif. — have made great strides toward developing and implementing comprehensive crime prevention strategies tailored to eradicating the violence that has ravaged their communities and stolen so many promising futures.
New juvenile victimization questionnaire released
A supplemental tool to the National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence (NatSCEV), the questionnaire attempts to document the full range of victimization that youth experience, including conventional crime, maltreatment, peer and sibling victimization, sexual victimization, witnessing, and other exposure to violence. Moreover, it aims to help practitioners determine youth’s needs, assess whether victimization programs are effective, raise awareness on youth victimization, and improve victimization research.
NatSCEV is the largest, most comprehensive survey on youth victimization conducted in the United States.
Multiple versions of the JVQ-R2 questionnaire is free and available online here.
Registration for JMATE 2012 is now open, plus JMATE call for abstracts extended to November 8
The 2012 Joint Meeting on Adolescent Treatment Effectiveness (JMATE) will take place April 10-12 in Washington, D.C.
The annual conference welcomes adolescent treatment researchers and evaluators, project directors, clinicians, policy makers, youth, families and other members of the recovery community in effort to exchange ideas and data in the field od adolesecnt treatment toward effective evidence-based practices.
JMATE 2012 will feature individual and panel presentations, technical workshops, poster sessions and interactive discussion hours.
Additionally, the 2012 JMATE call for abstracts has been extended for one week to November 8, 2011.
This extension is being granted in response to requests from the field and to help make up for a few technical issues that some persons reported experiencing during the abstract submission process. For complete details and instructions on how to submit your abstract, click here.
New national poll shows overwhelming public support for rehabilitation over prison for troubled youth
The Pollster and Founding Partner at GBA Strategies poll reveals critical and timely information on youth in the justice system, showing overwhelming public support for treatment and rehabilitation of youth over incarceration and automatic prosecution in adult criminal court.
For more information about the national poll, visit www.blogtalkradio.com/jjmatters.
Law school partners with reclaiming futures to help teens and more -- a juvenile justice news roundup
- Join the CyberShoutout October 28: Making Smart Choices Kicking off National Drug Facts Week, the CyberShoutout is a day-long special event featuring discussions in social media by bloggers, organization leaders, and other stakeholders on the topic of youth drug abuse. The Shout is hosted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health.
- National Drug Facts Week is October 31-November 6
Hosted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Drug Facts Week is a health observance week for teens that aims to shatter the myths about drugs and drug abuse. Through community-based events and activities on the Web, on TV, and through contests, NIDA is working to encourage teens to get factual answers from scientific experts about drugs and drug abuse.
- Abstracts Due November 1 for JMATE
The Joint Meeting on Adolescent Treatment Effectiveness offers a unique opportunity for for practice, research and treatment communities to exchange ideas and data, thereby moving the field of adolescent treatment toward effective, evidence-based and promising practices. The conference is Tuesday, April 10 through Thursday, April 12, 2012 in Washington, DC.
Coalition for Juvenile Justice 2010 Conference
The Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ) is pleased to announce its 2010 Annual National Conference, Hill Day and Member Meeting, to be held April 10-13 at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown, Washington, DC.
Children Exposed to Violence: OJJDP Web Resources
Concerned about youth who are victims of violence, or who've witnessed it?
Practitioners, researchers, and policymakers can get news and resources from the Safe Start Center, run by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).
Places to start:
- “Issue Brief #1: Understanding Children’s Exposure to Violence”
- “Healing the Invisible Wounds: Children’s Exposure to Violence”
- Victimization and Juvenile Offending, from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, which also put out Helping Traumatized Children: Tips for Judges
- Judges might also be interested in the Judicial Checklist for Children and Youth Exposed to Violence from the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ)
Juvenile Justice: Updated National Youth Gang Survey
No worries - the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has your back. An updated version of OJJDP's National Youth Gang Survey (NYGS) is now available on the web site of the Institute for Intergovernmental Research. Available data include annual numbers of gangs and gang members from 1996 through 2007, the change in the number of gang-problem jurisdictions from 2002 to 2007, and gang member demographics.