coronavirus: Double exposure of young boy with sad eyes and abstract virus strain model over back of head

Juvenile Detention Is Asinine Exception to Social Distancing

Right now I’m almost sure that there is a 14- or 15-year-old crying from inside a jail cell at the Cook County [Ill.] Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (CCJTDC) — home of the world’s first juvenile court house established in 1899.

threat assessment: Thoughtful black student holding snack outdoors

The Risks of Threat Assessment to Students Are Dire

In the wake of highly publicized and tragic mass shootings at schools, jurisdictions across the country have responded with a flood of expanded school security policies. While much of this policymaking has echoed previous measures, like school hardening, surveillance and policing, some policymakers have focused on preventing targeted violence (where an attacker selects a particular target in advance) by identifying potentially violent actors and intervening to stop them before a violent act occurs. They label this threat assessment. 

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Recidivism Is Not Enough to Track How Juveniles Are Doing, Multistate Project Shows

In December, President Donald Trump signed the bipartisan Juvenile Justice Reform Act (JJRA) of 2018, which reauthorized the landmark Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act for the first time since 2002. Passage of the JJRA, which followed more than a decade of debate, will strengthen protections for youth in the justice system.

homeless: Clothes spread out in city gutter.

Youth Homeless Providers Call on New York City Officials For Plan

As a global pandemic looms over New York City, one group in particular might be getting left behind, homeless youth — a vulnerable subset of the general homeless population made up of runaway youth, LGBTQ teens and other young people experiencing homelessness. 

Nothing Will Stop Us From Reporting on the Issues

Since its inception 10 years ago, the mission of the Center for Sustainable Journalism and its New York bureau has always been to go to the frontlines where the issues of justice, inequity and abuses of power of young people are impacting people’s lives the most. Whether it’s on the streets where young people have been beaten by the police. Or when they have been tossed into the gears of an indifferent court system. When the city ignores the pleas of advocates trying to end youth violence or when young people peacefully assemble to call for an end to racist, brutal policies and practices. In the jail cells, where you might end up if you cover these issues long enough. 

The pandemic sweeping the globe has affected the kind of reporting the CSJ and New York Bureau prides itself on.

Covid-19: Rear view of person in black face mask getting temperature checked by forehead

Youth Justice Advocates Urge COVID-19 Fixes for Facilities

As cases of COVID-19 spike across the country, advocates and lawyers for detained juveniles are pushing for changes in the facilities that hold an estimated 43,000 juveniles in custody across the nation.

Office of Violence Prevention Manager

Annual salary range: $97,500 to $127,928
The City offers an extensive benefit package. Application deadline: Open until filled. First resume review: Monday, April 6, 2020. The City seeks a professional with a passion for gang prevention and intervention work. This unique opportunity will give the successful candidate a chance to positively change neighborhoods and individuals for the better.

Chicago: silhouette of two friends sitting on the roof at sunset

Effects of Gun Violence Can Be Reduced in Youth, Chicago Program Shows

Concentrated gun violence results in lost population and economic power, increases trauma throughout communities and depresses school outcomes among students exposed to violence. Interventions deliberately designed to empower youth who are frequently exposed to community trauma are an important tool to break the cycle of violence that repeats far too frequently. 

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New Breed of Cop in New Jersey Keeps Kids on Straight and Narrow

On a Friday night in Bloomfield, N.J., middle school children hang out at Foley Field to watch the high school football team play. 
Officer Marvid Camacho provides security at the game. As the resource officer at Bloomfield Middle School, he knows all the kids in town.
Camacho is a new breed of cop. His role, as he sees it, is to prevent crimes, not just respond to them afterward. He tries to build a connection with kids and give them life lessons that will keep them out of the criminal justice system.

death: Troubled African American Man looks to sky

My Brother’s Love Made Me Feel Blessed, No Matter What

It was an early morning, uncommonly quiet, and with no movement because of a fog alert, yet people were going to different places, to work, to the yard or day room to play cards and chess. My cellie went on a visit.