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This Week in the Florida Legislature, January 7-11

This week, the House Criminal Justice Committee held their inaugural meetings for the 2018 Legislative Session. The meeting began with a presentation on juvenile civil citation and direct file by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ),…
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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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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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Transforming Juvenile Probation - The Annie E. Casey Foundation

The Annie E. Casey Foundation presents its vision for transforming juvenile probation into a focused intervention that promotes personal growth, positive behavior change and long-term success for youth who pose significant risks for serious…
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The Connecticut Experiment: Young brains are still evolving. One prison is trying to take advantage of that - The Marshall Project

A Connecticut prison is piloting a new rehabilitation program in which older prisoners mentor younger offenders. Read more.
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Stoneman Douglas Shooter Was Assigned To Controversial Broward Discipline Program, Officials Now Say - WLRN

Broward County's PROMISE Program has received backlash since leaked information has revealed that the Parkland school shooter was involved in the program when he was in middle school. Read more.  
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Nearly a Quarter of Confined Juveniles Nationwide Held for Noncriminal Infractions - The Pew Charitable Trusts

New data from the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) shows that 23 percent of juveniles are placed in residential facilities for status offenses or technical violations of supervision.…
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Fernandez Case Highlights the Long-Term Implications of Incarcerating Youthful Offenders - The Florida Times-Union

After serving nearly seven years for the death of his younger brother, 19-year-old Cristian Fernandez will face many obstacles once released back into society. Read more.   Photo by Izhar Khan from Pexels.
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Review: The Effects of Youth Diversion Programs on Recidivism

Reviewer: Sarah Krantz, Esq. Article to be Reviewed: Robert D. Hodge and Holly A. Wilson, The Effect of Youth Diversion Programs on Recidivism: A Meta-Analytic Review, Criminal Justice and Behavior, Vol.40, No.5, 497-518 (May 2013). http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0093854812451089. Summary Diversionary…
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Review: What Doesn’t Work in Preventing and Reducing Juvenile Delinquency

Reviewer: Sarah Krantz, Esq. Article to be Reviewed: Howell, James C. "What Doesn’t Work in Preventing and Reducing Juvenile Delinquency." Preventing and Reducing Juvenile Delinquency: A Comprehensive Framework, 130-147 (2003) http://www.sagepub.com/sites/default/files/upm-binaries/3323_Howell_Capter7FINAL.pdf. Summary D.A.R.E.…