Hornberger Advice: Juvenile Offenders Need Alternatives to Prisons

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Nancy Gannon Hornberger, executive director of the Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ), says research shows that it is important to “keep the kids out of heavy duty lockup as much as possible.” In this video interview conducted by Leonard Witt, she says “Reclaim Ohio” is a project that saves money and has better outcomes than the bars and chains approach.

See subheads and time split guide below the video.

Time splits to help guide you through the video:

  • Introduction 00:00
  • Conference theme: Developing sentencing alternatives to harsh punishment 00:30
  • Research shows that normal settings for sentences work best 01:20
  • Settings built on relationships is better than bars and chains 02:10
  • Reclaim Ohio is best practice example; cuts lockups and saves money 3:04
  • 2 thoughts on “Hornberger Advice: Juvenile Offenders Need Alternatives to Prisons

    1. The anatomy, physical and mental development of a child in their growing years, must be considered, brain development is not completed until around the age of 25, alternative solutions can be met, imperative to be investigated and considered in cases of a “child”, persuing “rehabiliation” efforts afforded “children” to help them become productive members of society, Sentencing to LIFE & LIFE WITH NO CHANCE OF PAROLE, is a slow death sentence, with NO hope, & is without any efforts of counseling, education,or efforts for the child to even have HOPE.

      • I totally agree with you knightgale, to many children have been placed in adult prisons instead of being given the opportunity to utilize the juvenile system. More funding is being used to incarcerate children than funding their education. In the State Trends booklet which shares Legislative victories from 2005-2009, many states have made changes on how youth are sentanced, but I feel there are still to many which continues to place youth in adult facilities sentencing them to life and life without parole.