Many entering the field of juvenile justice are like newborns with a tabula rasa of empirical knowledge around what works.
Despite their lack of knowledge, they enter this field with lots of opinions about what works. These opinions make as much sense as calling a pig a horse and then trying to ride it. Continue Reading →
My advice to best-practice folks is to change the culture of the community and not limit change to the juvenile justice system as we know it in the traditional sense — the court and its bureaucratic probation counterparts. Continue Reading →
Something “is outta kilter” or smells to “high heaven,” so bad it would “knock a buzzard off a gut wagon.” It looks like Mr. Listenbee does have a serious problem at OJJDP — employees who don’t know “crap from apple butter.” Why do these union employees not see what the advocates and experts see? Continue Reading →
What we seldom discuss is the white elephant in the room called the politics of fear that the appearance of being soft will cost me my job; or worse, that one of those kids pulled from the deep end goes on to seriously hurt or kill someone. Continue Reading →
In Georgia, armed robbery with a firearm goes straight to adult court. It also means a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison unless transferred by the prosecutor to juvenile court. Continue Reading →
A child can’t be responsive to a teacher’s instruction with a head full of anxiety, stress, fear and pain. Yet many still label them “bad seeds” and respond with punishments. They treat the symptom, but never the cause.
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It has been stated that "There is no other way society will achieve large-scale progress against urgent and complex problems unless a collective impact approach becomes the accepted way of doing business." Continue Reading →
Any large scale social problem cannot be solved solely by government action. On the contrary, government solutions are no solutions. Continue Reading →
Living in poverty is devastating for children in many ways, especially the impact of poverty on their education. Continue Reading →
Not all prisons are built with brick, mortar and razor wire. "Prison" is defined by the circumstances, with one leading to another like a maze of twists and turns, not knowing what is lurking around the next corner. Continue Reading →