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Florida Supreme Court Reverses Course on Re-Sentencing for Juvenile Offenders

About two years ago, the Florida Supreme Court decided that juvenile offenders serving sentences so lengthy that they amount to life in prison must have their cases reconsidered. The ruling applied even to juveniles who at some point would…
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Cleo LeCroy to be Freed from Prison for 1981 Murders of Newlyweds

Just two months shy of his 18th birthday when he gunned down John and Gail Hardeman at Brown’s Farm Wildlife Management Area, LeCroy benefited from two-back-to-back U.S. Supreme Court decisions. In 2010 and again in 2012, the nation’s highest…
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Recreational Therapy is Lifesaver for Kids in Juvenile Detention - Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

Bill Dorsey works as a shift supervisor at the Ada County Juvenile Justice Detention Center in Boise, Idaho. Outside of his daily duties, Dorsey also provides a valuable service to the youths held in detention — he teaches music. By providing…
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Case of Intellectually Disabled Teen Falsely Accused of Sex Offense Reveals Registry Flaws - The Appeal

Before Edgar Coker was exonerated in a rape case, he underwent therapy meant to prevent sexual reoffenses. Thousands of kids involved in sexual offenses are forced into therapies like “relapse prevention” that experts say are ineffective. Read…
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Tyler Hadley Resentencing: Mental Health Experts for Defense Argue Hadley Can Be Rehabilitated

"I’ve never seen anything like this in all my 30 years of practice,” a psychiatrist testified at Tyler Hadley’s resentencing Wednesday, referring to the 17-year-old killer's lack of violent history — until the day he killed his parents…
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Restorative Justice and Restorative Approaches in Tribal Communities: Peacemaking Circles

Last month, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) hosted Part 3 of its Philosophy and Practice: Restorative Justice and Restorative Approaches in Tribal Communities Series webinar. This webinar focused on "an overview of…
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Blended Learning Models can Benefit Students in Juvenile Jails - Education Dive

With a 2015 survey by the Council of State Governments Justice Center showing that only 13 states provided educational services for students inside juvenile justice facilities that were comparable to services for students in regular school facilities,…
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Can Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Help Juvenile Offenders? - The Crime Report

When youths are preconditioned to violence and crime, disregard for the law becomes automatic. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) targets this “criminal thinking” to reduce crime and recidivism— and give juveniles the opportunity of a…
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FREE Webinar: The Restorative Process - September 12 at 2:00 PM

OJJDP’s National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC) proposes to develop one webinar in collaboration with Judy Clarke, an expert in Restorative Justice. The target audience is practitioners who are interested in learning about…
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FREE Webinar: Positive Youth Outcomes Committee Education Series: Outcome / Measurement - September 10 at 4:00 PM

On Sep. 10 CJCA's Positive Youth Outcomes Committee will host a webinar on Outcomes / Measurement. Jeffrey A. Butts, Ph.D., director of the Research and Evaluation Center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and an adjunct member of the doctoral…
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Developing Trauma Informed Partnerships with Schools and Other CAC Partners

 Brief Overview: This presentation will focus on how Dr. Siders with the Traverse Bay Children's Advocacy Center worked to design and implement trauma-informed trainings for schools, law enforcement, and other community partners. An overview…