This week in news: public and private stakeholders discuss what comes next after passage of the First Step Act; the CDC releases the latest report on the opioid crisis; and youth justice issues make headlines at the National Conference on Juvenile Justice.
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The Justice in Government Project is delighted to announce the release of our new Toolkit!
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This week in the news: the companies responsible for creating the opioid epidemic are under intense scrutiny to make depositions and documents of their activities public; lawmakers in Delaware announce major reforms; and more states join the Raise the Age movement.
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What’s celebrated in March? In addition to St. Patrick’s Day, Women’s History Month, and National Criminal Justice Month, we also celebrate Social Work Month. In honor of the many contributions social work has made to treatment courts, I decided to highlight a person whose work is beneficial to the practices and procedures of treatment courts. Dr. Anne Dannerbeck Janku is an associate research professor at the University of Missouri. For almost two decades, she has conducted research on racial and ethnic disparities in treatment courts. Continue reading “A Social Work Professor Serves the Court”
Washington state enacts new regulations to tackle the opioid crisis; Nevada lawmakers call for an audit of the state’s juvenile justice system; and activists come together for the National Day of Empathy to talk criminal justice reform. Read about these stories and more with JPO’s news roundup. Read about these stories and more with JPO’s Friday News Roundup.
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Last week SPA co-sponsored Leadership in Action: Criminal Justice Reform, an event hosted by The Hill. I participated in the event, representing SPA, and gave remarks highlighting the overwhelming bipartisan support we saw last year when Congress passed the First Step Act. I followed the conversation when Congress was working on criminal justice reform, and while I’m glad all the talk on the Hill resulted in the passage of new legislations, I hope that the First Step Act is just that, a first step.
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University of Texas law students form a necessary Indigent Defense group; The FDA responds to criticisms of their role in the opioid crisis with a plan to curb addiction; and California’s juvenile justice facilities see a spike in violence. Read about these stories and more with JPO’s Friday News Roundup.
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Photo used with permission from Richard Ross.
Michelle Alexander wrote in The New Jim Crow: “The fate of millions of people—indeed the future of the black community itself—may depend on the willingness of those who care about racial justice to re-examine their basic assumptions about the role of the criminal justice system in our society.”
February is Black History Month. It’s a time for everyone to reflect on the legacy of progress that black leaders have left throughout history in the fight for liberation, equitable treatment, and empowerment. It is also a time for white allies to examine what they could be doing better to interrupt their own racism and that of others, what it means to support black leadership, and how our nation’s policies continue to oppress black lives. And indeed, it is a time for white allies to heed Alexander’s call to re-examine the role of the criminal legal system in society.
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The Marshall Project unveils a study on Veterans Treatment Courts around the country; youth in Utah await the right to a defense attorney; and Google steps up to combat the opioid crisis. Read about these stories and more with JPO’s news roundup.
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On December 21, President Trump signed H.R.6964 – Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2018. This law reauthorizes the Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) Reauthorization Act. First authorized in 1974, the act ensured certain minimum standards for the treatment of youth in the justice system, banning incarceration for status offenses (such as drinking, which is prohibited only based on the age of the accused) and adopting a requirement that youth incarcerated in adult facilities have sight and sound separation from adult inmates. Since 1974, reauthorizations of the law have included provisions that require states address racial and ethnic disparities in the justice system and incentives for states to use evidence-based interventions to reduce juvenile delinquent activity.
However, despite seeming longstanding federal commitment to the idea that all young people deserve a second chance, the JJDPA had languished, pending reauthorization, for more than ten years. So, when Trump signed the reauthorization act on the coattails of the much anticipated Second Chance Act, juvenile justice practitioners everywhere (myself included) were relieved and elated.
Continue reading “Modest Reform: How JJDPA matters and why it is still not enough”