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First Season of Podcast on Immigrant Youth

The JJIE Resource Hub staff are pleased to introduce the first season of “The Hubcast,” our new occasional podcast series. In these brief but informative episodes we will compile and present the latest facts and resources related to timely juvenile justice topics. The debut season of the Hubcast focuses on immigrant youth and the justice system and is available now on the Hub at our Snapshots page. Like our Snapshots, which are produced in partnership with the National Juvenile Justice Network, the occasional Hubcast series allow us to share information, resources and policy directions on current juvenile justice topics that span beyond the topics covered in our main Hub sections. Season one on immigrant youth in the juvenile justice system explores over three episodes the demographics of immigrant youth, relief options, consequences that stem from system involvement, policy recommendations from experts in the field and more. 

Each episode also has a “Show Notes” link, which includes the episode transcript and a list of resources for listeners who want to learn more.

Time to Treat Epidemic Violence As a Contagious Disease

Violence is the only major health epidemic not currently managed by health and public health methods. As a result, many areas throughout the world continue to experience unmanaged violence epidemics, including local epidemics of community violence, domestic violence, hate crimes, mass shootings, belief-inspired violence, violent recruitment and terrorism, group-on-group violence, violence between states and violence against oneself, or suicide.

Gun Safety Can, Should Be Everyone’s Personal Mission

Conversations about firearms have been historically entrenched in political debate with little regard for gun safety, a life-saving, nonpartisan issue. There’s a serious and immediate need for effective strategies to reduce all forms of gun violence, including mass shootings, “urban gun violence,” suicide and unintentional child shootings.

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Locking Up Girls Doesn’t Create Change, Research Does

For the past 30 years, I have worked with girls and young women throughout the state of Florida, and for six years I have led the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center, which is a recognized leader in the advancement of the rights of girls, young women and youth who identify as female, especially those impacted by the justice system.

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Positive Youth Development Holds Promise for States Working With Transitioning Youth

The transition out of the juvenile justice system has considerable consequences for the transitioning youth, for the neighborhood into which the youth is transitioning and for society more broadly. For youth experiencing homelessness and insecure housing, that transition is particularly challenging. A recent study from Chapin Hall showed that nearly half the nation’s youth who have experienced homelessness have been involved in the justice system and that those without stable housing upon release are more likely to be rearrested.

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Chronic Exposure to Violence Is Public Health Risk For Nation

Gun violence touches every community, but those most affected are also disproportionately exposed to poverty, poor education standards and fewer job opportunities. Firearm violence is also defined by startling racial and ethnic disparities. It is no wonder that the national sentiment has become one of frustration, a growing conviction that enough is enough.